1st Test, Adelaide: Former English captain Michael Vaughan has made bold prediction hours ahead of the start of the four-match Test series where Australia host India. Vaughan feels the hosts will win and it will be a great contest between Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins. On the other hand, Virat Kohli and Shaun Marsh will be the batsman to watch out for. It is a big statement to make considering the odds are against the hosts.

India is the better side and pandits feel India has a golden opportunity to create history Down Under by winning their first ever Test series in the country. For India, their batsman is in top form and have the pace battery to trouble the hosts and potentially take 20 wickets.

“The AUSvIND series should be a belter …. Aussie to win is my prediction .. !! Cummins & Bumrah Top bowlers .. Shaun Marsh & Kohli Top Batsman .. #AUSvIND.”

Meanwhile, the hosts have announced their XI on the eve of the match. The hosts will bank heavily on their pace battery which comprises of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. Nathan Lyon, like Ravichandran Ashwin, will be the only spinner.

Australia’s playing XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

Team India’s 12 for the 1st Test against Australia in Adelaide: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, M Vijay, C Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, R Pant (WK), R Ashwin, M Shami, I Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

BCCI announced a 12-man squad for the first Test and Rohit Sharma found a spot in that. He would be expected to open against Australia in the first Test.

The pace battery for India includes Md Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have not been picked.