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

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"You sense they're smelling blood. 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. "I'm sensing India feel that".

India have never won a Test series in Australia but Virat Kohli's team, despite guarded opinions from its members, is bidding to create history. The change in team balance was vindicated by the way the front-liners dominated Joe Root's team, and a year on the captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer have sought to repeat the dose against Virat Kohli's tourists. "If the first Test goes in India's favour and the Indian batsmen get amongst the runs, then I think it will be a series which India will win comfortably".

"They haven't had great success in Australia in the past, as Australia haven't had in India". "I'm sure there will be opportunities at times when we can hopefully put their spinners under pressure and try and put some big overs into their fast bowlers", Paine said.

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"He's an aggressive little player, hell play his shots but hes also improved his defence".

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

"We've been through so much in the last nine months. Numerous players are coming here for the second or the third time, so we have got a reasonable chance for playing good cricket and make the fans enjoy the tour", the premier off-spinner added.

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Australia's attempt to emulate their Ashes bowling formula from last summer, combined with question marks over a batting line-up shorn of Steven Smith and David Warner, has forced the omission of the vice-captain Mitchell Marsh from the team to face India in the first Test of the summer at a draining Adelaide Oval.

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

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