Mitch Marsh dropped for first Test against India

Elena Summers
December 6, 2018

Australia have selected the newest member of their Test team and he is just six years of age!

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.

Legendary spinner Shane Warne has made his prediction for the series as well as the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker ahead of the first Test between Australia and India in Adelaide, starting Thursday.

Australian cricket has been through a lot in the last nine months after the ball-tampering scandal hit and it will be their first home season after bans were imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft.

"We know the talent Mitch has". The four test match series between India and Australia will begin on December 6 in Adelaide Oval. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

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

"All our three quicks go in really fresh so we've got confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

"The wicket over relays few years here has given enough over the game, we've got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if he needs to", Paine said.

Opener Marcus Harris will make his Test debut, while Travis Head will bat at number six for Australia.

"It's probably unlikely we'll use the three quicks as much we will this game through the whole series as it wears on".

Without Marsh's seamers, there will be added pressure on Lyon, the greatest finger-spinner the country has produced, to maintain his exemplary form, which would enable Paine to give his quicks longer breaks between spells.

Based on recent Tests at Adelaide Oval, which have been played on a lush pitch designed with one eye on protecting the pink ball, Australia believe they do not need an extra bowler. They have had a great preparation and are ready to go. "They got through the Ashes previous year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

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