The much-awaited clash between Australia and India will kick-off at Adelaide, with the home side going into the series as favourites. Though Australia are without Steven Smith and David Warner, their premier match-winners, the side is packed with quality batters and pace bowlers, who could trouble the touring side on the day.
Australia have had a torrid 2018 in the Test format, winning only two of the seven games that they have played this year. They were thrashed three-to-one by South Africa in South Africa and then lost one-nil to Pakistan in October, but they are a dangerous outfit at home, and the Indians will be wary of their track record, especially at the Adelaide Oval.
They have lost just one game at the venue against India and have won their previous five encounters here. Though the Virat Kohli-led Indian side are coming off a successful series against West Indies at home, their batting unit still looks iffy, with Ajinkya Rahane not in the best of forms and KL Rahul facing questions over his technique in stern conditions. The Indian bowlers, who had a successful England tour earlier this year, struggled in the practice game and with India's dubious away record in Tests, they head into the clash as the underdogs.
Wicket-keeper: Tim Paine (8.5 credits)
Paine has led the side with gusto ever since the ball-tampering saga broke out earlier this year. In the last 12 months, the keeper has reinvented his batting and has scored 397