Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

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

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

There are two key differences, of course: India's batsmen are far better versed in facing spin and will be capable of attacking Lyon to bring the pacemen back more quickly, while an Australian batting line-up without Smith and Warner will need contributions from as many players as possible.

Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are. Border-Gavaskar trophy is a test series played between India and Australia.

"Mitch Marsh probably hadn't been as consistent as he would like or we would like", captain Tim Paine said.

India will pick their playing XI for the first Test against Australia from the 12 players which was announced on Wednesday.

"There has been so much talk, it's time for action".

India's past Test record in Australia is quite abysmal.

The last time these two teams met, India won an engrossing series 2-1 at home, with Smith hitting three centuries. The four test match series between India and Australia will begin on December 6 in Adelaide Oval.

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

In the wake of the tampering scandal, Australia vowed to overhaul their infamous win-at-all-costs attitude, tone down the sledging and be more respectful. Good luck to both teams and may the best team win! And if that meant some verbal banter, then so be it.

Opening the batting with the likes of Aaron Finch and youngster Marcus Harris is always a risk.

A question mark remains over whether Peter Handscomb or Travis Head will fill the vacant middle-order spot.

But the Indian skipper is insisting he has grown up and will not be looking for confrontations, although he added that "if they want to play a certain way we will reciprocate". However, ahead of the third and final - a stern Test against Australia in Australia, the Asian giants are being tipped as favourites. "They'll also be under great pressure, I think".

Top order batsman Murali Vijay, who was dropped following the second Test against England at Lord's in August, was also included.

India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said.

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