Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions Australia v India 1st Test

Australia's Usman Khawaja right celebrates with his team-mates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli APAustralia's Usman Khawaja right celebrates with his team-mates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli
Sergio Cook | 06 December, 2018, 05:34

Australia's attempt to emulate their Ashes bowling formula from last summer, combined with question marks over a batting line-up shorn of Steven Smith and David Warner, has forced the omission of the vice-captain Mitchell Marsh from the team to face India in the first Test of the summer at a draining Adelaide Oval.

2018 will go down as one of the most hard 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.

The four test match series between India and Australia will begin on December 6 in Adelaide Oval.

With the world's number one Test nation awaiting them in Adelaide in the first of four Tests from Thursday, Paine said it was time to start looking forward. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

However, he does believe that the side will be under pressure to deliver as India's past record in Australia is not entirely great.

It is also surprising that India has opted for just one spinner and that is the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and they have not gone for the wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav.

Most encouragingly, Australia is back on home turf where the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon flourish. Marsh has been dropped owing to poor form previously and he will be released to play Shield cricket once the match gets underway.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level. We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".

"The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions", Paine said.

Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head. All the laurels he got for himself and the team are unmatched.

"The wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game".

There was tension well before that, with legpsinner bowler Shane Warne adding some spice with a comment during a 1998 tour to India that he had to pack baked beans and tinned spaghetti because he wasn't able to handle Indian food.

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