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Adelaide Test: India win toss, elect to bat

ANI  |  Adelaide [Australia] 

won the toss on a scorching morning at the Adelaide Oval and elected to bat first in the opening Test of the four-match series with on Thursday.

At the toss, Australian hoped the pitch will offer some assistance to pacers in the early stages of the first day, as the home team will have to endure demanding conditions.

Having lost the prodigal teenager to an in the warm-up match against XI, have selected K. L. Rahul and Murali Vijay as the two openers for the first Test, with Cheteshwar Pujara, (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, and (wicketkeeper) comprising the rest of the batting order.

25-year-old Hanuma Vihar, who made his debut at the Kennington Oval against England, was called up to the 12-member squad, although decided to field Sharma instead. The Mumbai Indians played his last Test in January 2018 against scoring 10 and 47 runs in the two innings of the match.

The 'Men in Blue' have also ditched the five-bowler policy to go with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in support of the three pacers - Ishant Sharma, and

Meanwhile, and will open the home side's batting order, with Usman Khwaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, and captain-wicketkeeper Paine making up the batting unit in that respective order.

have also opted to field three pacers (Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood) along with a spinner (Nathan Lyon).

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 06:20 IST