Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

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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.

Skipper Tim Paine announced the squad today, with Peter Handscomb coming in for the all-rounder. Langer called the newest Test member by the time Australia were playing Pakistan in UAE. The visitors, just like the hosts, are going in with a four-man bowling attack.

Australia will employ one of their least credentialed batting line-ups in almost half a century with the team's aggregate of 9209 Test runs the lowest since the first Test in 1977-78 when Australia employed six debutants to replace the World Series Cricket rebels.

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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.

"The workload on the guys who will play in the absence of the allrounder will be high but it's something that has already been discussed, that they should look forward to that and not think of that as a burden and something that's going to be tough", he said.

Australia could give a debut to in-form opener Marcus Harris, likely to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order with Usman Khawaja appearing to be sufficiently recovered from knee surgery to come in at number three.

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The previous series between the two rivals have been heated, with the combative Kohli usually front and centre. "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.

"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said. KL Rahul is also in the squad. I firmly believe that the first Test will be most crucial.

"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.

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They will then have to pick three pacers which in all likelihood would be Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma and the lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

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