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

Florence Fletcher
December 6, 2018

"I personally don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home", Kohli said.

Rohit last played Test cricket in South Africa and a terrible series for him saw just 78 runs in four innings while batting at number five.

Going by the record in South Africa and England, India have two issues to iron out and overcome in Australia - a well rounded batting effort and a good start to an inning.

"It's unlikely that we will use the three quicks throughout the whole series as much as we will in this game".

"I just had an interview with Ricky Ponting and we went through the names of Australian Test captains over the years so it is a little bit daunting to be in a bracket with some of those guys".

With Australia set to line up without a fast-bowling allrounder after dropping Mitch Marsh in favour of middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, Paine acknowledged on the eve of the Test that he was wary of putting his bowlers to work in the heat.

Taylor believes that the most of the pressure will be on a fresh-faced Test batting lineup to deliver up against "favourites", India.

Australia could give a debut to in-form opener Marcus Harris, likely to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order with Usman Khawaja appearing to be sufficiently recovered from knee surgery to come in at number three.

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"We've obviously got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need him to".

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).

"We know the talent Mitch has and we know he is good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at Test level".

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

"They got through the Ashes previous year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs".

With Australia in turmoil, India are "smelling blood" but Virat Kohli's men would also be under great pressure to perform during the four-Test series starting here Thursday, coach Justin Langer said Wednesday.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees", said the wicketkeeper.

They have made a significant change to their team by dropping one of their frontline bowlers and going with just four - Ashwin, Shami, Sharma and Bumrah - which may mean Hanuma Vihari gets the nod at number six to add another part-time spin option if required.

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