India announce final 12 for the first Test against Australia


Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first test against India as selectors backed the team's three specialist seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval.

Hosts Australia are still without two of their best batsmen as former captain Steve Smith and David Warner continue their 12-month long suspension from all forms of cricket for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the world of cricket earlier this year.

However, Langer said Kohli and Co. are a good team and the hosts will show respect to the visitors.

Marsh will be sent back to play for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield but Paine made clear that he was likely to be required later in the series, with pitches in other cities unlikely to provide as much assistance to the bowlers.

India have never won a Test series in Australia and the first of three games starts on Thursday in Adelaide.

If you're not yet a subscriber, you can choose from the wide range of packages we offer and get set up with BT Sport in just 15 minutes. "They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town".

"Mitch Marsh probably hasn't been as consistent as he would like and we would like", captain Tim Paine told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, confirming that Handscomb would bat fifth in the order with local favourite Travis Head at six.

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What time does the first Test between India and Australia begin? Because they have the bowling attack to dent India's batting line up. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav form a potent attack.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were all rested for the most recent Shield round and Paine was confident they would be cherry-ripe for the first Test.

"You see their bowling attack, they've got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win Test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack".

Which TV channels will broadcast Test series? "They'll also be under great pressure, I think".

India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

India followed suit by naming only four frontline bowlers in their 12-man squad that also has Rohit Sharma.