Melbourne [Australia], Dec 5 (ANI): Australia have recalled right-hand batsman Peter Handscomb in the playing eleven, while dropping batting all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, for their first Test match against India beginning December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.
Explaining Marsh's omission, Australian skipper Tim Paine said that he still needs to work a lot more at the Test level. "We know he's good enough to be a great all-rounder at Test level but hasn't quite put it together at Test level yet. As this series wears on and you get to places where the wicket is a bit flatter and conditions a bit warmer and bowlers a little more tired, he might have more of a role to play," Cricket.com.au quoted Paine, as saying.
"We'll send him back to Shield, get some more cricket under his belt knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him," he added.
Putting an end to all the speculations related to who will be opening the Australian innings along with Aaron Finch, Paine revealed that left-hand batsman Marcus Harris will their another opening batsman. Adelaide Test will be the debut test match of Harris.
Australia will go ahead in the first Test with three specialist pacers including Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins. Like India, their spin attack will be helmed by just one spinner (Nathon Lyon).
Talking about his bowling attack, Paine said, "The (Adelaide Oval) wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game. We've got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling the overs we need and all three of our quicks are going in very fresh."
Following are the Australian squad for the Adelaide Test:
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c,wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood (vc). (ANI)