Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

FILE Australian captain Tim Paine

Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough", Paine said. However, he must get his other batters to perform if he is to grab the crowning glory of India's first Test series victory in 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. Moreover, Australia are without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, making India start as overwhelming favourites.

"We know the talent Mitch has".

"We're pretty sure Marcus Harris will make his debut which is very exciting for him", he said. Most likely at some stage this series we'll need him.

Archie Schiller will be part of the squad for the Boxing Day Test match against the subcontinent giants that will start on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Either way, Paine acknowledged that arguably the key "chess match" of the series when Australia were in the field would involve India's efforts to attack Lyon in order to force him to bring his fast men back earlier than intended. "It's probably unlikely that we'll use the three quicks as much as we will in this game, throughout the whole series as it wears on - but this being the first Test we think they'll do the job".

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.

"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident".

"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said.

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. "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said.

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