There were no real surprises in the squad as India picked their two Tests specialists in Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma along with Jasprit Bumrah. Ravichandran Ashwin, as expected is the lone spinner in the squad. The toss-up for the final spot in the playing XI is between Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari.
India's premier limited overs opener was the only batsman apart from KL Rahul to not score a half-century in the warm-up clash against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In the first innings, Vihari came into bat above Rohit, while in the second innings, he was pushed up to bat at No. 3, which could be an indication of the final playing XI come Thursday.
Australia, on the other hand, announced their playing XI, dropping one of their vice-captains in Mitchell Marsh for Peter Handscomb, recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April.
Despite scoring a century for Sheffield Shield side Western Australia in the leadup, Marsh pays the price for a poor tour of the United Arab Emirates where he managed 30 runs from four innings with the bat against Pakistan and two wickets at the cost of almost 100 runs with the ball.
"Mitch Marsh probably hasn't been as consistent as he would like and we would like," captain Tim Paine told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, confirming that Handscomb would bat fifth in the order with local favourite Travis Head at six.
"We know he’s good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level.
"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job."
India XII: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, M Vijay, C Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, R Pant (WK), R Ashwin, M Shami, I Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
First Published: December 6, 2018, 12:44 AM IST