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05 Dec 2018 by Rob Esteva

Australia vs India – 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is Australia vs India taking place? Thursday, 6th December, 00:00

Where Australia vs India taking place? Adelaide Oval

What is the expected weather for Australia vs India? Sunny with no clouds and temperatures of up to 34-36c expected

What channel is Australia vs India on? The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream Australia vs India? Australia vs India will be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Are tickets still available for Australia vs India? https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=TESTADEL19

LAST MEETING
India beat Australia beat by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Captain: Tim Paine

  • 2018 will go down as one of the most difficult years for the Australian test team but after tough tours to South Africa and the UAE against Pakistan where they lost both series, they return home now where they are notoriously strong to play India.
  • They have rested all their key bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins with this series in mind and they will look to make good use of the favourable conditions in Adelaide which should favour the quick bowlers but offer some spin for Nathan Lyon as the match progresses.
  • The selectors have confirmed that Marcus Harris will make his debut opening the batting which means Usman Khawaja can drop to number three, while Mitch Marsh has been omitted in favour of Peter Handscomb as their batting order continues to change and has a fragile look to it.

INDIA

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • India are the number one ranked Test team in the world right now and they will never have a better chance of winning a Test series in Australia having failed to do so in any of their previous 11 attempts.
  • They have made a significant change to their team by dropping one of their frontline bowlers and going with just four – Ashwin, Shami, Sharma and Bumrah – which may mean Hanuma Vihari gets the nod at number six to add another part-time spin option if required.
  • Rohit Sharma is likely to be the player to be left out if Vihari gets the nod at number six but that appears to be the only question mark as the rest of the team is relatively settled, and they do rely heavily once again on their top seven batsmen as the tail does lack quality with the bat unlike the hosts.

THE PREDICTION

This has all the hallmarks of a classic series and one which will be the ultimate challenge for both of these teams. India have all the momentum coming into this series, but they have never won in Australia and the conditions will certainly favour the hosts once again. The Australian batting line-up has plenty of question marks around it still but they are helped by the fact that they bat deep as Lyon and Cummins are two of the best tailenders in the game. The same cannot be said for the Indian tail, but their batting line-up has a strong look about it with Virat Kohli spearheading them. Much will depend on how quickly the Indian bowlers can adapt to the conditions, and if they can do so relatively quickly, then they have to be favoured. However, it may take some time and the Aussies cannot be ruled out on home turf with their quick bowlers well rested and primed for these conditions.

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