Australia vice-captain Mitch Marsh dropped for first India Test

Cheteshwar Pujara passed 5,000 Test runs for his 16th century

Cheteshwar Pujara passed 5,000 Test runs for his 16th century

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.

"The biggest question for me is whether or not Australia can cobble together enough runs to put India under pressure". You sense these moments. "Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder and as this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter, conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the allrounder position becomes important". "I'm sensing India feel that", Langer told SEN's Whately. "Again, the workload on the guys will play (a part) in the absence of the all-rounder. but that's something that's already been discussed and they should look forward, not think of it as a burden or think things are tough".

So the tossup is between Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma.

Marnus Labuschagne has also been left out, with Victoria opener Marcus Harris coming in for him.

Australia named their playing XI for the first Test earlier in the day, leaving out all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and going in with a four-bowler attack. Vijay will partner Lokesh Rahul at the top of the order, with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out from the Test with an ankle injury.

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

Reaching Adelaide Oval, he got his Whites for the Australia Test team and has began training with the side since then.

In the bowling department, India have opted for three specialist pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah while Ravichandran Ashwin will be at the helm of the spin attack. Virat at the other end was really aggressive and going after bowlers.

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

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees".

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

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