India vs Australia: India is 'smelling blood' concedes Australian coach Justin Langer

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This is somewhat of a gamble to take in the first day Test at Adelaide Oval in four years, particularly if Virat Kohli calls correctly at the toss and bats first with temperatures expected to soar to 39 on Thursday and into the mid-30s the following day.

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Australia Cricket team captain Tim Paine posed with the Border-Gavaskar trophy on the eve of the first test in Australia's Adelaide on Wednesday.

After all the talk, sledges, intent, and plenty of planning, the Test series between India and Australia is set to begin.

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"Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short (of winning in India) and we were able to (win in) 2004", Langer told Australian radio channel SEN's Whateley. 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.

"Mitch Marsh probably hadn't been as consistent as he would like or we would like", captain Tim Paine said.

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Without Marsh's seamers, there will be added pressure on Lyon, the greatest finger-spinner the country has produced, to maintain his exemplary form, which would enable Paine to give his quicks longer breaks between spells.

"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine. Most likely at some stage this series we'll need him. "He's shown that over the last few years". If they can get to 300 or 350 against India then I think they will be very competitive. "It is going to be no different for them; they are going to see at times if they can attack Lyon and get on top of it is going to be a real chess match in that regard", he said.

Though selectors will be mindful of keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins available all series, they believe their prized quicks can shoulder an extra workload while fresh.

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