Australia vs India: What the pundits are predicting for the Test series

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Australia sprang a surprise by axing all-rounder Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the first Test against India, as Usman Khawaja's return was confirmed despite the shock of his brother's arrest. The hosts are in turmoil, at least as far as their batting is concerned and coach Justin Langer has no qualms in accepting the fact that the Indian team seems to be out for blood. Moreover, Australia are without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, making India start as overwhelming favourites.

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"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

"Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder and 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".

India suffered a huge blow ahead of the first Test with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage during their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI.

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"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident". All the laurels he got for himself and the team are unmatched. We've obviously got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to.

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.

Though selectors will be mindful of keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins available all series, they believe their prized quicks can shoulder an extra workload while fresh.

Mistakes were made and India paid the price for them in the two previous overseas tours of the year. "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said.

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