Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Six-year old leg spinner added in Aussie squad for Boxing Day Test!

Six-year old leg spinner added in Aussie squad for Boxing Day Test!

However, he must get his other batters to perform if he is to grab the crowning glory of India's first Test series victory in Australia.

With four Tests in a month, some of them on unforgiving tracks, the value of Marsh's bowling should increase through the series. The hosts are in turmoil, at least as far as their batting is concerned and coach Justin Langer has no qualms in accepting the fact that the Indian team seems to be out for blood.

The absence of Steve Smith and David Warner who are serving ball-tampering bans has tilted the favour, albeit slightly, in favour of the visiting team.

"Mitch Marsh probably just hasn't been as consistent as he would like and we would like", Paine told a news conference on Wednesday. Most likely at some stage this series we'll need him.

Reaching Adelaide Oval, he got his Whites for the Australia Test team and has began training with the side since then. However, ahead of the third and final - a stern Test against Australia in Australia, the Asian giants are being tipped as favourites.

"The wicket over relays few years here has given enough over the game, we've got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if he needs to", Paine said.

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"It's probably unlikely we'll use the three quicks as much we will this game through the whole series as it wears on".

Though selectors will be mindful of keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins available all series, they believe their prized quicks can shoulder an extra workload while fresh. They have had a great preparation and are ready to go.

Without Marsh's seamers, there will be added pressure on Lyon, the greatest finger-spinner the country has produced, to maintain his exemplary form, which would enable Paine to give his quicks longer breaks between spells.

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"We're pretty sure Marcus Harris will make his debut which is very exciting for him", he said.

"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said.

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