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Kohli and Paine facing brutal issue on first day of Test series

Kohli and Paine facing brutal issue on first day of Test series

It is also surprising that India has opted for just one spinner and that is the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and they have not gone for the wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav.

"As this series wears on, and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer, our bowlers will be a bit exhausted then the all rounder position becomes important", said Paine.

Despite the questions over Australia's batting, India's ambitious Virat Kohli did not consider the home team vulnerable as he attempts to become the first winning captain in this country.

Paine said his message to the team was to keep their cool but also play to their strengths.

"We're keeping an eye on "Uzzie", obviously it was a little bit of a shock for him yesterday", Langer said on SEN radio.

Paine confirmed Marcus Harris would make his Test debut and open the batting with Aaron Finch in the series opener, Australia's first home Test since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned over the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

Archie Schiller will be part of the squad for the Boxing Day Test match against the subcontinent giants that will start on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).




"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level".

"As this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the all-rounder position becomes important".

"The wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game [to not need an all-rounder]".

Based on recent Tests at Adelaide Oval, which have been played on a lush pitch designed with one eye on protecting the pink ball, Australia believe they do not need an extra bowler.

". they're (India) up against a really talented young Australian cricket team who have got plenty to prove", he said. When asked about targeting India's lone spinner R Ashwin in this match, he replied the game-plan is going to be quite similar for even the Indian batsmen.

"This being the first Test we think they will do the job at hand". "It is going to be no different for them; they are going to see at times if they can attack Lyon and get on top of him.so it is going to be a real chess match in that regard", he said.

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