Mitchell Marsh dropped for first Test

Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

For India, it is a quest to end their tag of bad travellers after losing the series against South Africa (1-2) and England (1-4) with Australia posing an opportunity for Virat Kohli and co.to win first Test series Down Under in 70 years.

But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.

With the world's number one Test nation awaiting them in Adelaide in the first of four Tests from Thursday, Paine said it was time to start looking forward.

Marsh's place has been taken by middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb - who has been recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April - meaning Australia will rely on three seamers.

With four Tests in a month, some of them on unforgiving tracks, the value of Marsh's bowling should increase through the series.

"Absolutely, India will start favourites in the Test series".

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.

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"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said. And if that meant some verbal banter, then so be it.

The new side has three Vics in the top six, with with Harris's opening partner Aaron Finch and Handscomb also from Victoria.

"I just had an interview with Ricky Ponting and we went through the names of Australian Test captains over the years so it is a little bit daunting to be in a bracket with some of those guys". "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. KL Rahul is also in the squad.

"If they bowl, I don't think it's as important [to bat as well] because Australia's bowling looks very good".

"He's shown that over the last few years, he bowled a mountain of overs in the UAE and our quicks are fresh so we can cover that".

And they have an experienced set of bowlers in Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

India named a 12-man squad on Wednesday, having not yet decided whether Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari would claim the final spot in their batting order.

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