India vs Australia 1st test, Adelaide: Indian middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane feels Australia will start favourites in the upcoming four-match Test series starting December 6. This statement is in contrary to those who feel India start rare favourites. Couple of days ahead of the match, Rahane felt despite not having big names in their squad, the hosts are favourites.

“It is important to start well when you tour abroad and that will be the focus of this team as well. It is important to focus on our strengths. It is important to think about how we can do what we can do best rather than thinking too much about the results,” said Rahane.

“I feel that any team that plays at home, they feel really good, and I feel that Australia are still the favourites to win the series. We are not going to take them lightly at all. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don’t think they are vulnerable,” the 30-year-old middle-order batsman told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday.

“You see their bowling attack, they’ve got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack. So I feel that Australia are really still the favourites,” the Mumbaikar added.

Apart from Virat Kohli, a lot of India’s fortunes will depend on Rahane as he is one of the rare Indian batsmen who has a good record outside Asia.

Meanwhile, South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) chief executive Keith Bradshaw has claimed that ticket sales for the first Test between Indian and Australia at the Adelaide Oval have “suffered” following the refusal of hosts to play a day-night match at the venue.

“It has been an issue, it has affected ticket sales. One of the characteristics that we have noticed is that we are quite down in interstate sales given it’s a day Test, not a day-night Test. There is definitely a day-night factor, without a doubt,” News.com.au quoted Bradshaw, as saying.