India vs Aus: Virat Kohli,Tim Paine pose with Border-Gavaskar trophy

Cheteshwar Pujara passed 5,000 Test runs for his 16th century

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.

Marsh will play in WA's Shield game against Victoria starting Friday at the MCG.

"Mitch Marsh has not been as consistent as he would like and we would like", said Paine at his pre-match press conference.

Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins
Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

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.

They have rested all their key bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins with this series in mind and they will look to make good use of the favourable conditions in Adelaide which should favour the quick bowlers but offer some spin for Nathan Lyon as the match progresses.

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"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".

Australia could give a debut to in-form opener Marcus Harris, likely to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order with Usman Khawaja appearing to be sufficiently recovered from knee surgery to come in at number three.

Marsh's place has been taken by middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb - who has been recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April - meaning Australia will rely on three seamers.

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

"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's shown that over the last few years, he bowled a mountain of overs in the UAE and our quicks are fresh so we can cover that, Travis Head bowls some handy offspinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers".

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"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.

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