Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India


However, ahead of the third and final - a stern Test against Australia in Australia, the Asian giants are being tipped as favourites.

Dhawan, who is now enjoying time with the family, was left out of the 18-man Test squad for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, scheduled to begin from December 6.

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.

"You sense they're smelling blood". Historically, in 70 years and spread over 11 tours, India have best of two drawn series, under Sunil Gavaskar in 1980-81 and Sourav Ganguly in 2003-04 which is reflection of Indian sides' temperament rather than quality.

"Why not 4-0?" Rohit queried the fan who eventually went on to predict a clean sweep.

Where Australia vs India taking place? . "They'll also be under great pressure, I think". "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said.

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. We couldn't really win a Test match but we came very close.

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"He's been through some tough times, spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so any way that we can help to put a smile on his face, it's the very least we can do for him".

BCCI named a 12-member squad for the 1st Test at Adelaide starting tomorrow.

Rohit Sharma is likely to be the player to be left out if Vihari gets the nod at number six but that appears to be the only question mark as the rest of the team is relatively settled, and they do rely heavily once again on their top seven batsmen as the tail does lack quality with the bat unlike the hosts.

India have picked Ashwin as their lone spinner while the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami will handle the pace bowling duties.

Reaching Adelaide Oval, he got his Whites for the Australia Test team and has began training with the side since then.

Notably, the Bharat Army welcomed the Indian team upon their arrival at the city's airport on Monday.