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    First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Having first toured in 1947-48 but never won on our soil, this looks like India's best-ever chance.

    The tourists are bringing their traditionally strong batting line up, but the point of difference is that this side brings some quicks with firepower. Bumrah is quick and bouncy - he should enjoy Aussie conditions - and Shami & Ishant Sharma are much improved on the last time we saw them. Looking at Ashwin's poor record on our soil, and pretty mediocre form, I reckon they'll be really tempted to play Jadeja.

    Funnily enough, it's actually the batting that is being queried after some lean tours to England and South Africa. Kohli is far and away the best player in the world - his getting runs is inevitable - they'll need to find a few other centurions if they're to put pressure on our batting. I'm tipping Rohit Sharma to live up to his potential and get some runs - he's not your stereotypical Indian batsman in the way he plays the short ball and Rahane had a really good tour last time out.

    It's a shame Privthi Shaw isn't playing - I reckon he's going to be a really good player.

    Potential XI:
    1. Rahul
    2. Vijay
    3. Pujara
    4. Kohli
    5. Rahane
    6. Sharma
    7. Pant
    8. Jadeja/Ashwin
    9. Shami
    10. Bumrah
    11. Sharma

    We know enough about Australia - batting looks poor, bowling looks excellent. For those who haven't seen Australia's debutant Marcus Harris, he's a diminutive left handed batsman that's extremely good off his pads and plays from the back foot really well. Expect the Indian quicks to try and get it full and swinging.

    Here's the XI:

    1. Marcus Harris
    2. Aaron Finch
    3. Usman Khawaja
    4. Shaun Marsh
    5. Peter Handscomb
    6. Travis Head
    7. Tim Paine (c)
    8. Pat Cummins
    9. Mitchell Starc
    10. Nathan Lyon
    11. Josh Hazlewood

    My key battlegrounds:

    -Can Australia get to 350 consistently? Khawaja is now the best player in the side and needs to dominate - can one of the others go with him? Dropping Mitch Marsh for extra batting depth was the right call.
    -Can Australia restrict 6 of India's 7 batsman? Kohli WILL get runs, the key for our attack will be having him run out of partners.
    -Spinner v spinner(s). Lyon comes into the series in scintillating form, Jadeja has never played a test in Australia and Ashwin averages 55 with the ball here. With it looking like both sides will play 6 batsman, both sets of slow bowlers will take on big loads - the wickets they take might define the series.

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Good summary. Dropping Marsh was the right call on paper. Playing an all rounder is only worthwhile if they can legitimately hold down their spot in the batting order. To me Marsh is a hit and more often miss batsman and his bowling is not consistent enough for him to bowl 10 to 20 overs in an innings and take wickets or keep it tight.

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Khawaja's state of mind would have to be a concern wouldn't it? He'd have to be able to really section off the different sections of his life effectively in order to fully concentrate on the job he has at hand. I've never had a brother who was quite able to draw attention like he has but I'm betting it won't be easy for him. The Indians will be right in his face about it.
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    Very surprised by the negativity about Australia’s chances in this series. India are mugs with bat and ball away from home and have an out of form batting line-up except for Kohli. Australia’s batting is also poor but they have a world class bowling attack and are on home soil.

    Rahul already out after 2 overs from a crap shot.
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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Australia will be desperate to get Kohli out there while the ball is moving.

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    That's what you want - Kohli out there within the first few overs with fresh bowlers and a new ball.

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    1.3 billion people and they can’t get more than a handful of batsmen with decent techniques able to handle overseas conditions. Looks like typical Indian pea-hearts on the road once again.
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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    I never saw him live, but can you make comparisons between Cummins and Lillee? Just something in his action and the way he rises against the opposition's best.

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    India weak as piss on the road once again.

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Geez Kohli reached for that one a fair way

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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Quote Originally Posted by Topdog View Post
    Geez Kohli reached for that one a fair way
    Imagine if an Australian batsman played such a reckless shot at 2/20 - they would be lynched by the pious Australian media cartel.
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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Sheer arrogance by the Indians. All three wickets from deliveries pitched up outside off stump early in a batsman's innings. The T20 effect.
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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Sheer arrogance by the Indians. All three wickets from deliveries pitched up outside off stump early in a batsman's innings. The T20 effect.
    Make that 4.
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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

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    Make that 4.
    They're throwing their wickets away. Grade cricketers know better. Four gone in the same way!
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    Re: First test - Australia v India, Adelaide

    Paine is a poor captain tactically. You've just dismissed Rahane, have them 4/40 and bring out Sharma who can be very flighty against the quicks - not sure why you'd keep Lyon on.

    Get Starc on and tell him to let rip for 3 overs.

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