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With Australia in turmoil, India are "smelling blood" but Virat Kohli's men would also be under great pressure to perform during the four-Test series starting here Thursday, coach Justin Langer said Wednesday.

But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.

Australia were plunged in crisis after the ball-tampering scandal in March this year saw Cricket Australia handing out year-long bans on Steve Smith and David Warner.

Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first test against India as selectors backed the team's three specialist seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval.

"We know the talent that Mitch has and we know that most likely at some stage in this series we will need him".

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

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"We are taking the opportunity at the moment to go back and play a Shield game and get some cricket under belt".

The new side has three Vics in the top six, with with Harris's opening partner Aaron Finch and Handscomb also from Victoria. "Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder and as this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter, conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the allrounder position becomes important". "We have confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

"And probably the fact that all our three quicks go in real fresh".

"I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself, I don't really find the need to prove anything to anyone", he told Macquarie Sports Radio at the weekend.

Warne suggested that whichever team goes on win the Test at Adelaide Oval could go on to claim a 2-1 win in the four-match series. "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said.

India's past Test record in Australia is quite abysmal.


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