Mitchell Marsh omission leaves Australia's quicks facing hefty workload

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Australia sprang a surprise by axing all-rounder Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the first Test against India, as Usman Khawaja's return was confirmed despite the shock of his brother's arrest.

Twelve months ago the selectors chose Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon as their sole four bowlers for the opening two Tests against England, before Marsh was called in as a reinforcement from the time of the third match onwards.

However, Langer said Kohli and Co. are a good team and the hosts will show respect to the visitors.

In the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, India has been talked up a lot.

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"Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short (of winning in India) and we were able to (win in) 2004", Langer told Australian radio channel SEN's Whateley.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

The coach also said that young Marcus Harris will make his debut and he will open the innings along with Aaron Finch. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6. We've obviously got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to.

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The dumping of Mitch Marsh will add an extra burden for Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, who will have to take on more overs in what are forecast to be scorching hot conditions in Adelaide.

"And probably the fact that all our three quicks go in real fresh".

Virat Kohli's Indian side brimming with confidence will aim to finally shed the poor travellers' tag when it takes on a circumspect Australia in what is being perceived as the tourists' best opportunity to win a Test series Down Under in 70 years.

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

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

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