India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane believes the hosts are still the favourites

India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane believes the hosts are still the favourites

India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane believes the hosts are still the favourites

India will pick their side for the first test against Australia, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday, from the following 12 players, BCCI said on Wednesday.Team - 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. In the past, these failures might've been overlooked, with Steve Smith and David Warner on hand to paper over the cracks. "And I think it's important that we get those long partnerships together, in Australia that will really help us a lot", Rahane said.

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. They have had a great preparation and are ready to go. On the outside what people think, we can not control. "I think India has a very good chance to win the Australia series", the left-arm pacer said.

Australia have dropped vice-captain Mitch Marsh for the first Test against India in Adelaide, recalling Peter Handscomb and backing their star quicks to shoulder a heavier workload in the absence of the oft-maligned allrounder.

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Rohit played the last of his 25 Tests against South Africa in January but has experience in Australian conditions, having toured with the side in 2014-15. "They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town".

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Without Marsh in the team, captaincy duties would be most likely to fall to the limited-overs captain Aaron Finch or one of the state captains Usman Khawaja (Queensland) or Travis Head (South Australia) in the event of Paine suffering an injury.

India arrive in Australia as favourites to win the series and its not hard to see why. Not necessarily crossing the line, but just get into their heads which you expect from any side in the world, not just Australia.

"It was probably the best bowling I've done in Test matches but I would not say it was the best bowling I have ever done", Renneberg said. "I'm sensing India feel that", Langer told SEN's Whately.

India followed suit by naming only four frontline bowlers in their 12-man squad that also has Rohit Sharma.

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