Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

Australia's Usman Khawaja right celebrates with his team-mates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli

With Australia in turmoil, India are "smelling blood" but Virat Kohli's men would also be under great pressure to perform during the four-Test series starting here Thursday, coach Justin Langer said Wednesday.

Australia sprang a surprise by axing all-rounder Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the first Test against India, as Usman Khawaja's return was confirmed despite the shock of his brother's arrest.

Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first test against India as selectors backed the team's three specialist seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval.

There are two key differences, of course: India's batsmen are far better versed in facing spin and will be capable of attacking Lyon to bring the pacemen back more quickly, while an Australian batting line-up without Smith and Warner will need contributions from as many players as possible.

"We know the talent Mitch has".

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.

The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6.

"The fans have absolutely voted with their feet the last few years that we have had day-night Tests, we have been significantly up for attendances", Bradshaw said.

"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine. And probably the fact all our three quicks go in really fresh, so we've got confidence in them - particularly at the start of the series.

India are the number one ranked Test team in the world right now and they will never have a better chance of winning a Test series in Australia having failed to do so in any of their previous 11 attempts.

India's past Test record in Australia is quite abysmal. "They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

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