Australia v India Test Series Preview, Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions

Usman Khawaja rests during a training session at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide
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The much anticipated 1st Test between Australia and India gets underway on Thursday in Adelaide. Australia has not won a Test match since ‘sandpapergate’ in South Africa earlier this year and odds are on an India win in the 1st Test

Let’s have a look at the two player squads -

Australia: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Watch Cricket World TV - Chetan Narula exclusively previews the 1st Test between Australia v India LIVE from the Adelaide Oval

What do the coaches think?

India head coach Ravi Shastri is convinced that his players have learned lessons from their recent 4-1 Test series defeat in England.

“There were some very tight Test matches and we lost some big moments badly which cost us the series," said Shastri.

“It could have been just an hour in a session over four days which made all the difference - you have to learn from that.”

He also commented on Australia's poor form: “I always believe no team is weak at home.

“We might have three or four players not playing when a team comes to India but God forbid if anyone says it is a weak Indian team because you will be surprised.

“We will be taking no prisoners but are focusing on our game rather than what is happening outside.”

Australia head coach Langer on their Test series objectives: "Right at this moment, we need to stick together more than ever.

"We need to be bloody good, not just at being the number one team in the world, be elite in values

"Where we were with Australian cricket at rock bottom eight months ago with what happened in South Africa, the word 'elite' ... we have to raise the standard.

"Take the word 'elite' out, ok, honesty is a crucial value. If we're going to develop you've got to have honesty with each other, professionalism, humility, learning and your mates.

"They're really important parts, not just what I believe but what I've seen in Australian and West Australian cricket for a very long time."

Fixture Schedule

1st Test: December 5-9 11:45pm UK time - Adelaide Oval

2nd Test: December 14-18 2:20am UK time - Perth Stadium

3rd Test: December 26-30 11:30pm UK time - Melbourne Cricket Ground

4th Test: January 3-7 11:30pm UK time - Sydney Cricket Ground

Latest Series Betting Odds

Australia: 11/8

India: 6/4

Draw: 4/1

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions

Top Run Scorer - Usman Khawaja (Australia), Virat Kohli (India)

Top Wicket Taker - Mitchell Starc (Australia), Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Series Result – India win 2-1

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