India would start as favourites given Australia would certainly miss the services of David Warner at the top of the batting order and India has the arsenal to rip into middle order if openers gets dismissed inside 10 Overs.
Indian batsman Prithvi Shaw celebrates his maiden century on Day 1 of the 1st test cricket match against West Indies, in Rajkot. File photo: PTIIn a surprise move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the India playing 11 on the eve of the first test on Thursday. Indian cricket team‘s quest for top two spot on ICC World Test Championship
(WTC) points table will begin from Thursday (November 17), when Virat Kohli-led side takes on Australia in the first Test of four-match series at the Adelaide Oval.
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Mayank Agarwal, Prthiv Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddiman Saha, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
India vs Australia playing 11 prediction
On the other hand, Australia has not announced its playing 11 yet and it would be interesting to see whether Cameron Green makes his debut or not. On Wednesday, Australia coach Justin Langer said that Green would debut if he gets recovered from concussion. Green was hit on the head while bowling during the warm-up match.
Australia tentative playing 11: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(C/WK), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood
The IND vs AUS 1st Test will be India’s first Day-Night (D-N) Test match on foreign soil and also only the second pink ball Test overall. Notably, India played its Day Night game against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata last year.
India won: 28
Australia won: 42
Adelaide pitch report
ICC World Test Championship
The four match series is also a part of ICC World Test Championship, whose final will be played in June 2021 at Lord's cricket ground. The top two teams on ICC WTC points table will qualify for the final. Currently, Australia is at the top of WTC points table followed by India and New Zealand. The four-match series between Australia and India will play a crucial role in determining the finalists of ICC WTC.
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Historically Adelaide wicket is good for batting for first two days and starts deteriorating from Day 3 onwards, However, IND vs AUS 1st Test being a Day night game, pitch may favour pacer given the ball moves a bit more during twilight.
Adelaide weather report
According to the weather forecast, there is no chance of rainfall in Adelaide for next five days and temperature will hover around mid-20s, which is ideal for a game of cricket.