Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

After opting for rest on Monday India are expected to train hard in the lead up to the first Test in Adelaide

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 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.

2018 will go down as one of the most hard years for the Australian test team but after tough tours to South Africa and the UAE against Pakistan where they lost both series, they return home now where they are notoriously strong to play India. The bilateral relationship eroded in that series when an Australian player said he was racially vilified by an India player during a test match in Sydney. Cummins got the Indian captain in his first over with much credit to Usman Khawaja's stunning one-handed grab at gully.

"We've obviously got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need him to".

The dumping of Mitch Marsh will add an extra burden for Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, who will have to take on more overs in what are forecast to be scorching hot conditions in Adelaide.

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"Mitch Marsh probably hadn't been as consistent as he would like or we would like", captain Tim Paine said. "They got through the Ashes past year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

Join our live coverage from 7am, WA time as we capture all the big moments from the first Test in Adelaide. "He's shown that over the last few years".

"We know he's good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level".

"Travis Head bowls some handy off spinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", he said. Vihari inspired one and all with his solid technique in England and has subsequently backed it up with solid knocks in warm up fixtures and A team matches. "It's probably unlikely that we'll use the three quicks as much as we will in this game, throughout the whole series as it wears on - but this being the first Test we think they'll do the job".

"The fact all our three quicks go in really fresh means we've got confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

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