Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Consistency costs Mitch Marsh, but door still open for Test return

Consistency costs Mitch Marsh, but door still open for Test return

India suffered a huge blow ahead of the first Test with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage during their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI.

Australia vice-captain Mitchell Marsh was dropped for the first Test against India, with Peter Handscomb earning his spot in Adelaide. However, he must get his other batters to perform if he is to grab the crowning glory of India's first Test series victory in Australia.

Gaining the respect of his country is as big a priority as taming India for Australian skipper Tim Paine, who Wednesday said that winning matches and winning hearts are not mutually exclusive tasks for him.

Marsh will play in WA's Shield game against Victoria starting Friday at the MCG.

Paine said: "Mitch Marsh probably hasn't been as consistent as he would like and we would like".

Schillar, 6, a leg-spinner who follows living Aussie legend Shane Warne, received his call from Australia head coach Justin Langer and is confidently dreaming to buzz off Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli.

They have rested all their key bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins with this series in mind and they will look to make good use of the favourable conditions in Adelaide which should favour the quick bowlers but offer some spin for Nathan Lyon as the match progresses.

"We know the talent Mitch has".

However, he does believe that the side will be under pressure to deliver as India's past record in Australia is not entirely great.

"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job". In an interview to the Australian news website, SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said the ticket sales for the first Test are not as high as in the previous years at the same venue, where day-night Tests have become a regular feature since 2015. "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. 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.

"The [Adelaide] wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game [to not need an allrounder]".

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