Australia v India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval

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Australia v India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval

Dhawan, who is now enjoying time with the family, was left out of the 18-man Test squad for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, scheduled to begin from December 6.

Australian cricket has been through a lot in the last nine months after the ball-tampering scandal hit and it will be their first home season after bans were imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft.

"You sense they're smelling blood".

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. It will be a touch and go, with Rohit slightly ahead at this point of time.

Tim Paine will lead a fresh-faced side featuring just two batsmen with more than 15 Tests experience in Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja. "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said.

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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.

"Both (winning matches and hearts). Numerous players are coming here for the second or the third time, so we have got a reasonable chance for playing good cricket and make the fans enjoy the tour", the premier off-spinner added. Marsh will warm up with the Test squad this morning and wait until the toss before travelling to Melbourne to captain WA against Victoria at the MCG tomorrow.

The odds are stacked in favour of the tourists - they top the Test rankings and boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack.

They will then have to pick three pacers which in all likelihood would be Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma and the lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

India named a 12-man squad on Wednesday, having not yet decided whether Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari would claim the final spot in their batting order.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who will be missing from action in Adelaide, met Bharat Army - a group of Indian travelling fans, at the Adelaide Oval and had a brief interaction with them.

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