The four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin on Thursday (17th December) with the day/night pink-ball Test at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide).
This opening game of the four-match Test series will be also the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match between Australia and India, who have won all their matches in this new Test format (Australia won 7 matches, India won 1 game).
Australia vs India, 1st Test: Complete Squads
Australia: Tim Paine (C/wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade
India: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj
Australia vs India, 1st Test: Playing XI
Australia (predicted XI): Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India (announced XI): Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia vs India, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips
Former Aussie captain Steven Smith, who is currently in great form, is the no.1-ranked Test batsman at present. Though they will miss the no.6-ranked Test batsman David Warner, they have the no.4-ranked Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne.
On the other hand, they also have the top-ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins along with the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc (no.6-ranked Test bowler), another right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood (no.9-ranked Test bowler) and the off-spinner Nathan Lyon (no.14-ranked Test bowler).
While skipper Virat Kohli is the no.2-ranked Test batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are in the no.7 and no.10 positions respectively.
Meanwhile, they have the pacers like Jasprit Bumrah (no.8-ranked Test bowler) and Mohammed Shami (no.12-ranked Test bowler) along with the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (no.10-ranked Test bowler and no.6-ranked Test all-rounder).
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc
Vice-captain – Cheteshwar Pujara, Marnus Labuschagne, Mohammed Shami
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Matthew Wade
Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith (C), Virat Kohli (vc)
All-rounder(s) – Travis Head, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Wriddhiman Saha
Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prithvi Shaw
All-rounder(s) – Hanuma Vihari
Bowlers – Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc (C), Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Shami (vc)