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

"Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short (of winning in India) and we were able to (win in) 2004", Langer told Australian radio channel SEN's Whateley.

"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.

"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", he said.

"If they bowl, just keep the pressure on and Josh Hazlewood in particular, to me, is a key part of that". Because they have the bowling attack to dent India's batting line up.

Paine confirmed Marcus Harris would make his Test debut and open the batting with Aaron Finch in the series opener, Australia's first home Test since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned over the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

"He's scored 500 runs in Shield cricket in eight innings, that's a great way to go into a Test match". However, given that India has never ever won a Test series in Australia in more than 70 years of its touring history is reason enough to say that Australia would still start favourites in their home conditions.

Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins
Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins

"We know he's good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level. Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder".

The West Australian, who starred in the Ashes, had a nightmare run in the UAE and, despite crashing 151 in the Shield last month, left his position vulnerable by failing to reach 50 in his past four knocks.

"Our quicks are fresh and Travis Head bowls some handy off-spinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers".

". they're (India) up against a really talented young Australian cricket team who have got plenty to prove", he said.

With the Adelaide pitch expected to sport some grass, the team management can decide to go with six proper batsmen with either of Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari at No 6 and keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at seven. It was his limited overs show that got him in the reckoning and now it is up to him to make the most of this and cement his spot as a Test player as well.

  • Steve Townsend