Welcome to information.com.au’s protection of the primary Test between Australia and India.
The four-match collection will get underway in Nagpur as we speak as Australia seeks to win its first collection in India since a star-studded Aussie aspect received there again in 2004.
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Australia has solely received two collection in India within the final 60 years, however there may be perception Pat Cummins’ skilled aspect has what it takes to win arguably the hardest tour in world cricket.
India claimed victory within the final two collection in Australia and has held the Border-Gavaskar trophy since 2017. The hosts will go in as favourites.
Play is scheduled to start at 3pm AEDT (9.30am native), with the toss scheduled at 2.30pm AEDT. Follow beneath for stay updates.
5:55pm – Australia as soon as once more in disarray as Jadeja strikes, on a hat-trick
Ravindra Jadeja has struck twice in two balls to ship Australia as soon as once more into an entire mess, first tempting Labuschagne out of his crease to get him stumped earlier than trapping a lead-footed Matthew Renshaw in entrance along with his first supply.
Marnus Labuschagne has missed out on a maiden Indian half-century, preventing valiantly during the last two hours, and getting Australia via to lunch solely two down after early chaos noticed Australia 2-2.
Peter Handscomb, chosen for his capability in Asia and towards spin, involves the crease for the hat-trick ball.
5:00pm – Australia survive early scare via to lunch
Australia have survived two early wickets and the lack of David Warne and Usman Khawaja to get via to lunch in any other case unscathed, due to some positivity and metal from Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
Labuschagne, enjoying in his first Indian Test innings, heads into the break unbeaten on 47, wanting by far the extra fluent of the pair.
His footwork has been constructive and managed, and he’s discovered the gaps with aplomb.
Smith has comparatively appeared much less managed, struggling to 19 from 74 deliveries.
Extremely robust utility from the duo see Australia in a significantly better place than those that noticed the primary a part of the day’s play would have imagined – demonstrative of what clear batting plans to spin can do.
Axar Patel appears to be like the choose of India’s spinners, focusing on Smith off a very good size.
Ravi Ashwin is but to enter the assault, with Australia at 76/2.
4:10pm – Smith dropped by Virat!
Axar Patel has been robbed of a prized Test scalp as Virat Kohli sensationally drops Steve Smith at first slip.
Driving exhausting at a flighted half-volley outdoors off, Patel caught Smith’s outdoors edge, low on the bat and rising exhausting at Kohli, who appeared caught on his heels.
Snatching on the ball in entrance of him with an outstretched proper hand, Kohli was by no means in with an opportunity of taking an opportunity that he prides himself on usually taking.
Kohli is taken into account considered one of world cricket’s higher fielders, and has 104 catches in Test cricket to his identify.
Two balls later, Patel acquired one to leap up at Smith, revealing a few of the demons within the pitch for the primary time this collection.
Smith and Labuschagne’s partnership sits at 38, with Australia at 40/2.
4:00pm – Smith and Labuschagne regular the ship
The introduction of Axar Patel into the assault marks a turning level in what has been a busy first 10 overs of play.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne have consolidated Australia’s shaky begin, absorbing the stress coming relentlessly from Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, and seeing a change of bowler in consequence.
Patel has 47 wickets in simply eight profession Tests, and if he reaches 50, will grow to be the third-fastest bowler (by matches) in historical past to the milestone.
3:13pm – Warner departs for 1, bowled Shami
This could possibly be significantly, significantly grim for the Aussies.
Mohammed Shami has simply despatched David Warner’s off stump cartwheeling with a powerful inswinger, clipping the pad on the best way via.
Perhaps he ought to have batted right-handed.
He departs for simply 1, with Australia at 2-2 with solely 13 balls bowled within the collection.
It brings Steve Smith to the crease, who averages 60 in India.
3:00pm – Usman Khawaja gone early! India draw first blood
David Warner’s first ball from Mohammed Shami, a large half-volley over the wicket throughout the left-hander, has barely made it to Srikar Bharat behind the stumps.
We could possibly be in for a really, very lengthy collection.
Usman Khawaja, dealing with simply his second supply from Mohammed Siraj, has gone early, lacking a full inswinger to be dismissed LBW for 1.
It appeared to be sliding down, with Khawaja motioning to Warner that he thought the ball was taking place leg, and sending the ball upstairs instantly.
Social media is blowing up over ball-tracking, with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Wu selecting to stay diplomatic and calling it “interesting”.
2:30pm – Australia win toss and bat, drop Head in choice shock
Australia have received the toss and can bat in Nagpur, with Pat Cummins dropping extra main choice bombshells alongside Todd Murphy’s debut.
Travis Head, Australia’s finest batter this summer time gone having averaged greater than 50 in Test cricket for the reason that begin of 2021-22, has been dropped with Matthew Renshaw and Peter Handscomb returning to the aspect.
Head averages 21.30 in Asia.
Ashton Agar, Australia’s solely left-arm spinner, has additionally been dropped for debutant Todd Murphy.
India have named two debutants, with white-ball revelation Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat additionally making their Test nods.
AAP’s Scott Bailey wrote: “Massive call by Australia to drop Travis Head. Best player of home summer, but the message out of Sri Lanka last July was that performances on Australian wickets would be irrelevant for subcontinent selections. They’ve stuck to that more than anyone thought possible.”
ABC’s Daniel Garb wrote: “The only plausible reason for Head’s omission must be a concern about his ability against spin. Can’t be the lefty issue as Renshaw is in. Controversial call.”
Australian XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
Indian XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
2:20pm – India identify two debutants as Lyon presents Murphy with cap
Nathan Lyon has introduced Todd Murphy with male Test cap No. 465 within the conventional pre-match ceremony, as India additionally identify two debutants.
Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat make their Test debuts for India.
1:50pm – Aussie bolter set for shock debut
Australia’s custom of capping debutants in India is ready to proceed as we speak with Todd Murphy anticipated to make his Test debut as Australia’s 465th male Test cricketer.
It caps a exceptional rise for Murphy, who solely picked up the artwork of offspin six years in the past whereas “stuffing around” close to his hometown of Moama, on the NSW-VIC border.
SEN’s Bharat Sundaresan noticed Murphy marking out his run-up in Nagpur forward of play on day one, suggesting the conjecture round his choice will be put to relaxation.
The Victorian has seen a speedy rise to the Test squad, with just one first-class match to his identify in the beginning of final summer time.
The 22-year-old bamboozled batters across the nation within the Sheffield Shield this summer time, snaring 14 wickets from simply 4 matches at a median of 17.71, on high of spinning Victoria to victory towards New South Wales in a thriller, to catapult himself into the nationwide body.
Murphy was named as considered one of 4 strike spinners in Australia’s 18-man squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, however was not anticipated to play, behind the already-capped Mitchell Swepson and Ashton Agar.
Steve O’Keefe, the final Australian spinner to have any success in India, taking 19 wickets on the 2017 tour at a median of 23.26, says Murphy is “as good an off-spinner as I’ve seen since Nathan Lyon”.
Murphy joins a protracted line of Australian spinners to make their debut in India that dates again to Jason Krejza in 2008.
Since Nathan Lyon’s emergence because the nation’s premier tweaker, none have persistently partnered him within the subcontinent, and never a single fellow offspinner has even taken the sector alongside him.
Indian circumstances will not be utterly international to the bespectacled Murphy, having been despatched alongside a gaggle of rising spinners by Cricket Australia to Chennai’s MRF Academy on high of being chosen within the Australia A squad to tour Asia final 12 months.
10.30am – Warner’s daring batting ploy
The doctoring of the Nagpur pitch towards Australia’s left-hander heavy line-up has David Warner significantly contemplating batting right-handed through the Test.
The veteran opener was seen practising batting right-handed within the nets and would probably convey out the get together trick within the second innings of the Test when the wicket breaks down and turns into much more of a nightmare for left handers.
Warner has proven he’s greater than able to “switch-hitting” within the shorter types of the video games, however batting for lengthy intervals in a Test proper handed would definitely be an odd sight.
9.30am — Pitch to wreak havoc, Aussie bolter set to make debut
The pitch in Nagpur is predicted to be a spinner’s paradise after images emerged of the wicket being ready particularly to wreak havoc on Australia’s batting line-up stuffed with left-handers.
Five members of Australia’s probably high seven — Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Travis Head, Matthew Renshaw, and Alex Carey — bat left handed.
The state of the pitch might see right-handed Peter Handscomb enter the body to be picked to bat at No. 6 over Renshaw.
Australia is but to call its ultimate XI however uncapped spinner Todd Murphy is expected to be picked to make his Test debut, alongside veteran spinner Nathan Lyon.
With Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc dominated out of the primary Test and all-rounder Cameron Green nonetheless underneath an damage cloud, Australia’s bowling assault is just not at full power.
Cummins will probably be joined within the assault by Scott Boland, and a minimum of two spinners.