Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

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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.

India have never won a Test series in Australia and their recent oversees record has also been poor with 1-2 loss to South Africa in February and 1-4 defeat to England in September.

Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first test against India as selectors backed the team's three specialist seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval.

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

"We know the talent Mitch has".

"Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder and 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".

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India suffered a huge blow ahead of the Test with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage during their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI. The four test match series between India and Australia will begin on December 6 in Adelaide Oval.

Opening the batting with the likes of Aaron Finch and youngster Marcus Harris is always a risk.

The Aussie batting may be in tatters but they have four world class bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon. "They'll also be under great pressure, I think". All the laurels he got for himself and the team are unmatched.

"The wicket over relays few years here has given enough over the game, we've got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if he needs to", Paine said. And probably the fact all our three quicks go in really fresh, so we've got confidence in them - particularly at the start of the series.

Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favourites. "They got through the Ashes previous year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

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