After the T20 international series was drawn level, Australia and India will look to draw first blood when they go up against each other in the longest version of the game. The first of the four test matches is scheduled to get underway from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval. Live telecast will begin at 10:30 AM local time each day of the match.
Aus vs Ind 1st Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Fox Sports, Sky Sports, Sony Six, BT Sport, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Live Streaming: Bet365, Foxtel, Sky Go, SonyLIV, OSN Play
Four of the last six test matches (only those that have produced results) played at the Adelaide Oval have been won by the side batting first. Since the wicket at this ground tends to offer more assistance to the bowlers as the match wears on, the toss-winning skipper will probably elect to bat first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Aus vs Ind 1st Test...
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia have included seamer Chris Tremain and uncapped batsman Marcus Harris in their squad for the first two tests. The selectors are yet to take a decision on whether to play Harris or the experienced Usman Khwaja for this opening game. Aaron Finch took a nasty blow on the hand during a recent net session at the Adelaide Oval but the opening batsman is expected to recover in time.
AUS Key Players
An impressive showing with the bat in the previous test series against Pakistan could earn Usman Khawaja a spot in the starting eleven ahead of the uncapped Marcus Harris. He together with Aaron Finch were among the leading run-getters in that series with 229 and 181 runs respectively. In addition to these two, Australia will also expect strong contributions from Shaun Marsh who was one of their best batsmen in the Ashes 2017-18. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will be Australia's go-to men with the ball and the trio will pose a serious threat to the Indian batsmen on a green Adelaide pitch. Cummins is among the world's top ten test bowlers and he is more likely to provide the early breakthrough with the new ball. Nathan Lyon is the most experienced bowler as well as the highest wicket-taker in tests from the current line-up and he too could inflict some damage onto India.
AUS Recent Form
Australia's performance in test cricket has been on the downslide in recent times. They have lost four, drawn one and won just two out of the seven test matches they have played this year. Their previous test assignment was against Pakistan in the UAE where they ended up losing the two-match series 0-1. Prior to that, the Aussies were thrashed 1-3 by South Africa in South Africa.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
Aaron Finch, Usman Khwaja/Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c/wk), Mitchell Marsh, Nathon Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
India have recalled Rohit Sharma and have left out Shikhar Dhawan from their test squad. Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the Adelaide test with an ankle injury he had sustained during the warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI. This means good news for KL Rahul who is likely to partner Murali Vijay at the opening position. The visitors may have to decide between Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma for their third seam option.
IND Key Players
Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane form the backbone of India's batting. Kohli is the world number 1 batsman in test cricket and he will look to replicate his performance from the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series where he finished as the leading run-getter for his team. The middle order will rely heavily on Rahane and Rishabh Pant who cracked a ton in the final test against England and hit two fifties in the previous test series versus the West Indies. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the two best wicket-taking options for India with the new ball. Bhuvneshwar's ability to move the ball both ways and Bumrah's fiery pace makes them a big threat to the Australian batting line-up. Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the team's most successful test bowler with 336 wickets in 64 matches and the off-spinner will look to bring into play all his past experience of bowling in Australia.
IND Recent Form
India have blown hot and cold in the longest format of the game this year with five wins and six defeats from eleven test matches. They have played eight tests away from home this year (three in South Africa and five in England) and have lost six of those. India played their last test series in October at home against the West Indies. It was a two-match series and the hosts secured thumping wins on both occasions.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
AUS : L D L L L
IND : W W L L W
AUS vs IND Head to Head
AUS vs IND Head to Head
Australia and India have played 94 test matches against each other. The former have won 41 of those and the latter 26 with one game resulting in a tie. The rest have all ended in stalemates.
The two countries have faced each other 11 times in this format at the Adelaide Oval with Australia emerging victorious on seven occasions. India have won just once while the remaining three matches have ended in draws.Australia had registered a 48-run victory when they last played India at this ground in a test match in December 2014. India's solitary win here dates back to December 2003 when they beat the hosts by four wickets.
Matches Played: 94; Australia Won: 41; India Won: 26; Tie: 1; Draw: 26
India vs Australia Betting Odds
Australia start off as favorites to win the opening test at odds of 2.32 on Betfair and 2.20 on both Betway and Bet365. India are the underdogs amongst the bookmakers and are being offered at a slightly higher price of 2.25 on Betway, 2.40 on Bet365 and 2.50 on Betfair. A drawn game currently stands at 5, 5.50 and 5.80 with the respective bookmakers.
Australia vs India Prediction
Since 2010, the Adelaide Oval has hosted eight test matches and only one of those has produced a draw. And since both the teams possess quality bowling attacks capable of picking 20 wickets on just about any pitch in the world, a draw seems to be the least likely outcome here.
Australia may have had a tough time in test cricket of late, but their performance at home in this format has almost always been impressive. Plus, they have won their last five tests at the Adelaide Oval and have lost just once to India in the eleven meetings against them here. The Aussies may have beaten India just once in their previous six attempts, but they have not faced a single defeat against them in their last nine test encounters at home.
India may be coming off a 2-0 win over the Windies but facing Australia in their own backyard is a different challenge altogether. Their middle-order batsmen, especially Ajinkya Rahane, seems down on confidence while opener KL Rahul's technique has been questioned many a times now. Their bowlers were made to toil hard by a second-string Australian batting line-up in the practice match and this is another reason for Virat Kohli to worry about. So even though the hosts are without their two heavyweights in David Warner and Steven Smith, we still feel confident enough in backing them to start the series off on a winning note.
Final Verdict: Back Australia to beat India in the first Test at 2.32 on Betfair and 2.20 on both Betway and Bet365.