Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

Australia skipper Tim Paine says he is sick of all the ball-tampering talk and it is time to move on and focus on halting powerhouse India from winning their first Test series Down Under.

Australia were plunged in crisis after the ball-tampering scandal in March this year saw Cricket Australia handing out year-long bans on Steve Smith and David Warner.

"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said.

There is a lot at stake for Langer, Paine and co, who can become the number one Test team in the world with a 4-0 series whitewash which would dethrone their opponents - and current incumbents - India.

India's past Test record in Australia is quite abysmal.

He further added that the familiarity with the ground will help him going into the first Test. "Familiarity certainly will help the fact that we have played quite a few Test matches here before and scored runs".

"Going forward, we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder. 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".

When it comes to pace-bowling department, India rarely gets the luxury to be picky.

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"Obviously there are going to be times when you have to put the batsman under pressure, not necessarily crossing the line but just getting into their heads".

And ahead of the much-awaited first Test against Australia, Zaheer Khan has an advice for the think tank.

"There were some very tight Test matches and we lost some big moments badly which cost us the series", said Shastri. "But I think if these three play, it would be good for India", Zaheer Khan told India Today.

"Where we were with Australian cricket at rock bottom eight months ago with what happened in South Africa, the word "elite". we have to raise the standard".

"At times when situations are hard you do find ways to upset the batsman's rhythm and I think a bit of banter is not harmful at all".

The pair, named in a 12-man roster released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday, will battle for the number six slot vacated by injured fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

India's final 12: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

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