Tim Paine names Australian XI to feature in first Test

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It's the kind of vision that will send tremors down the spine of Australia's bowling attack, showcasing the best batsman in the world hitting them with insane power and ideal technique, less than 24 hours before the crucial first Test.

Langer said he was wary of an Indian side led by the incomparable Virat Kohli, that is aiming to win their first Test series ever in Australia.

Ahead of his side's Test series against Australia, starting on Thursday at the Adelaide Oval, Kohli caught the attention of cricket fans worldwide with a truly astonishing nets session in which he battered India's bowlers in every direction.

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

India have rested their hopes on the likes of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay to tackle the Australian pacers on the bouncy tracks.

Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are.

Marsh had been under serious pressure to retain his spot after lean tours of the UAE and South Africa and skipper Tim Paine has confirmed the West Australian's omission in favour of in-form Victorian batsman Handscomb.

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Either way, Paine acknowledged that arguably the key "chess match" of the series when Australia were in the field would involve India's efforts to attack Lyon in order to force him to bring his fast men back earlier than intended.

"They've gone with what they think is the six best batsmen to make the runs, and I guess they feel Mitch isn't in the best six based on current form, which is fair enough".

"And probably the fact that all our three quicks go in real fresh".

Paine was dismissive of questions over whether Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins would be capable of standing up to the workload, given their micro-managed preparation for this assignment.

"We are not going to take them lightly at all". They will be bowling big overs if need be, and they are totally comfortable with that.

"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job".

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