Australia vs India: What the pundits are predicting for the Test series

Tyler Owen
December 6, 2018

2018 will go down as one of the most hard years for the Australian test team but after tough tours to South Africa and the UAE against Pakistan where they lost both series, they return home now where they are notoriously strong to play India.

However, he does believe that the side will be under pressure to deliver as India's past record in Australia is not entirely great.

It was an impressive opening spell from the Australian bowlers, with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all striking early.

India are the number one ranked Test team in the world right now and they will never have a better chance of winning a Test series in Australia having failed to do so in any of their previous 11 attempts. They will be bowling big overs if need be, and they are totally comfortable with that.

Paine expressed confidence that the four-bowler attack will get through the four Tests without any fitness concerns.

Australia has made a stunning start to the first Test against India in Adelaide, with three wickets in the first hour of play, including the key wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli, who fell to an extraordinary catch from Usman Khawaja.

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"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". "We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well", Langer said.

"The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions", he said.

Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head.

"The wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game".

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees", said the wicketkeeper.

". 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.

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