Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

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The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6.

"We're keeping an eye on "Uzzie", obviously it was a little bit of a shock for him yesterday", Langer said on SEN radio. 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".

"The fact all our three quicks go in really fresh means we've got confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

"As this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the all-rounder position becomes important".

The dumping of Mitch Marsh will add an extra burden for Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, who will have to take on more overs in what are forecast to be scorching hot conditions in Adelaide.

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

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"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.

Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head.

Given the hot weather, Paine admitted he will bat first if he wins the toss.

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.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees".

"There's always a good coverage of grass here in Adelaide and it offers a bit with the new ball, but there's also a lot of runs to be had out there".

The fan, while speaking to Rohit Sharma in a candid chat for on the pedestrian bridge that runs over River Torrens, said he believes India have a good opportunity to beat the Australians at their own backyard. "It is going to be no different for them; they are going to see at times if they can attack Lyon and get on top of it is going to be a real chess match in that regard", he said.