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India out to end Australia wait

India out to end Australia wait


India appear to have their best-ever chance of finally winning a Test series in Australia and will be looking to get off to a flying start at the Adelaide Oval in the first match of four.

Eleven previous visits to Oz have resulted in 11 series losses, including four years ago when Virat Kohli made 692 runs in four Tests, but was still unable to finish on the winning side.

This time around he has added weapons at his disposal and those extra options could help the tourists come out on top.

India to win first Test @ 27/20

The Baggy Greens may have the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood all fit and ready to fire, but their batting looks decidedly wobbly with Steven Smith and David Warner both still missing.

Between them that pair contributed three centuries to a 48-run win for the hosts at Adelaide four years ago and their absences leave huge holes to fill.

Kohli, like Warner, made centuries in each innings in 2014 as a high-scoring match played out to a thrilling conclusion.

Man of the match, Nathan Lyon @ 11/1

While fast bowling usually dominates in Australian conditions, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is a pivotal member of the home line-up.

In 2014 he took 12 wickets in the match, without which the Baggy Greens would almost certainly have been well beaten and he will be crucial to the final outcome again.

He ended the series with 23 wickets in total, the highest tally by a bowler on either side.

Man of the match, Jasprit Bumrah @ 17/1

Captain Kohli at 13/2 is far too obvious a pick to go with, but seamer Jasprit Bumrah certainly has the attributes to shine on the harder Australian pitches.

Having not long ago been seen as a limited-overs specialist, Bumrah has shown that he can excel in the Test match arena, taking 14 wickets in three Tests against both South Africa and England.

The extra lift he can generate could be exactly what India need to really unsettle the brittle home batting line-up.

Also on the batting front, India have two youngsters who could make a major impact, with opener Prithvi Shaw having recently marked his Test debut with a century against the West Indies.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (22/1 to be Man of the Match) has scores of 114, 92 and 92 in his last three knocks, so is in just the sort of form needed in such a high-profile series.

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