1st Test: India 250/9 at stumps against Australia

Tyler Owen
December 7, 2018

The move yielded rich dividends in Pat Cummins' first over.

It's too early to answer but Peter Handscomb and Travis Head, unbeaten on 33 and 17 respectively, face a big ask as they continue to chip away at India's 133-run lead.

Australia's Shaun Marsh is bowled by India's Ravi Ashwin after dragging a delivery onto his own stumps. While Australia will be looking to bowl out India as quickly as possible.

"The way he was playing before hand - which was when he got dropped - was very one dimensional, so I'm interested to see how it's evolved and hopefully it's successful here", he said.

"Apart from Kohli himself no other batsman is making runs".

The tourists won the toss and put Australia in the field first on the normally bat-friendly Adelaide Oval pitch.

Marsh, thrust into the role of senior batsman alongside Usman Khawaja in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, had tuned up for the Test series with scores of 80, 98, 163 not out and 81 among six Sheffield Shield innings. He then followed it up with another celebration in front of the Australian captain Tim Paine.

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Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was arrested while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police. "It's nice when they do stick", said Khawaja. He was later released on bail. "Out of respect for the process it'd be inappropriate for me to make any further comments". Sharma, who was playing in the white, nearly after a gap of 12 months, got a good start but failed to convert it in big innings.

Gavaskar's comments come after India were reduced to 56/4 at lunch on a bright, sunny day in Adelaide that marked the start of a much-anticipated four-Test series.

"I would say it is a decent total because there is enough turn".

And most of the previous series have history. The original not out decision was overturned on replay after a review from India captain Virat Kohli.

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There was tension well before that, with legpsinner bowler Shane Warne adding some spice with a comment during a 1998 tour to India that he had to pack baked beans and tinned spaghetti because he wasn't able to handle Indian food. As Australia played four Tests under lights, the BCCI felt the home side would have had an unfair advantage this summer if the Indians played with the pink ball here.

No trains will run because worldwide experts will be in Adelaide to relocate the control centre from the city to the northern suburbs in a decision which was protested by the SACA and Cricket Australia. "We're definitely not taking anything for granted".

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