The Indians start off as favorites and are expected to defeat Australia in the 1st test match to be played at the Adelaide Oval.BET NOW
The Test series between India and Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy kicks off in Adelaide on the 6th of December. Tim Paine led Australia will take on Virat Kohli’s all-conquering Indians in the 1st Test match. The OnlineCricketBetting prediction for this 1st test match predicts a win for India who we expect will defeat Australia and go 1-nil up in the 4-match series.
Australia and India have played 94 Test matches in total. Australia has won 41 while India has won 26. Another 26 have ended as drawn encounters. The Aussies have played 7 Test matches in 2018 winning 2 and losing 4. Under Tim Paine’s captaincy, the Aussies have drawn just 1 match, a hard-fought last-gasp escape against Pakistan in Dubai. India, in contrast, has played 11 test matches in 2018 winning 5 of them and losing 6. They had a hard-fought series against England, which they lost 4-1. India’s last tour to Australia was in 2014 during which Virat Kohli came of age scoring 4 test centuries. Though India lost that test series it was a series that defined Virat Kohli’s legacy in test cricket.
Aaron Finch is expected to open the batting with Usman Khawaja. Khawaja had a great test series against Pakistan and has scored 2455 test runs with 7 centuries. Finch is new to test cricket. He has hit181 runs in 2 matches with the top score of 62. Shaun Marsh is expected to bat at number 3 with Travis Head at number 4. Marsh is a key batsman for Australia and has scored 2082 test runs with the top score of 182. Mitch Marsh returns to the squad and will be the Vice Captain of the test side. He will bat at number 5 with Peter Handscomb expected to bat at number 6. Captain Tim Paine will take the gloves behind the wickets. He showed his grit by scoring a back-to-the-wall 50 against Pakistan to save the 1st test but his captaincy will face an acid test against the strong Indian batting unit.
Australia’s bowling attack is at full strength with Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins the 3 main pace bowlers. Cummins is a bowler who can hit the deck hard and can put the batsmen under strife by attacking the head constantly. Peter Siddle is also in the squad and may play as the 4th bowler as we expect Australia to go ahead with an all-out pace attack. The GOAT Nathan Lyon should be the only spin bowler in the side with Travis Head expected to fill in some overs if need be. Lyon has captured 318 wickets in 80 test matches.
The Indian top order is very strong even though Prithvi Shaw suffered an injury during practice. India should thus open the batting with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. Vijay was dropped after a forgettable tour to England but gets another chance due to Shaw’s injury. Virat Kohli is expected to bat at number 4 and the right-hander has hit 6331 runs in test cricket at an average of 54.57. Cheteshwar Pujara will bat at number 3 with Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane expected to bat at number 5. We expect Hanuma Vihari to get another go at number 6. The 25-year-old had a good debut scoring 56 in his 1st test innings in England. Rishab Pant is expected to be his attacking self and is expected to bat at number 7.
Ishant Sharma will be the premier fast bowler in the side with Mohammad Shami expected to take the new ball with him. Jasprit Bumrah should take the 3rd seamer’s position though Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also in the squad. Ishant has always done well in Australia and he has captured 256 wickets in 87 test matches. Ravi Ashwin is the automatic choice for the spin bowlers position with a toss-up expected to take place between Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav for the other spin bowling spot.
It is always important to do well during the 1st test match of a series in order to get the tour off to a good start. We expect India to go all-out and attack Australia from the get-go. Aussies are strong in home conditions whatever the state of their game and we expect to see a good fight. But our prediction is a win for India and expect them to go 1-nil up in the series.