1st Test, Adelaide: Mohammed Shami out first ball, India end on 250


For many Australians, the first ball of a home test series marks the start of a gradual winding down, when workers breathe easier in the leadup to Christmas and enjoy tuning in to watch the toil of the country's best cricketers.

While it is wrong for Finch to exclusively shoulder the blame for Australia's day two woes, he allowed India to get its tail up from the outset, and it was a position the tourists would not cede for the remainder of the day.

Australia's attack is in the middle of a stunning purple patch against the risky Indian skipper, dating back to the heated Border-Gavaskar series in India in March, 2017.

"We know most likely at some stage in this series we'll need him, so we're taking the opportunity at the moment to send him back to play a shield game and get more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him".

Having been dismissed for just three runs by Pat Cummins in the first hour of play, Kohli's test average against Australia across his last six innings has crashed to 8.17. In the process, Pujara brought up his half-century and kept pushing India towards a respectable first-innings score.

Many applauded the move but the true merit of it will be known until after a four-man Australian attack has ploughed through a predicted furnace over the next few days where on-field temperatures are expected to soar into the late 30s.

"As this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the all-rounder position becomes important".

Kohli led his team's batting in the 2014 series in Australia, amassing 692 runs in four matches despite India losing 2-0.

Lyon hooked Mohammed Shami for six before Australia were dismissed for 235
Lyon hooked Mohammed Shami for six before Australia were dismissed for 235

Earlier, Ashwin bowled with control as Australia were restricted to 117-4 at tea.

Usman Khawaja (28) and Handscomb then added 28 runs for the fourth wicket.

India were reduced to 127 for six in the 50th over before a gritty Cheteshwar Pujara hit a 246-ball 123 to bail out the visitors, reaching 250-9 at stumps.

With David Warner and Steven Smith out, Australia was hoping for Shaun Marsh's experience to come to the fore, but he looked like a deer in the headlights in the midst of an Ashwin masterclass.

Paine expressed satisfaction at the recalling of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins after the pair missed the Pakistan series in the UAE.

Seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets in the morning session, removing Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (two). But one of those two wickets was picked up by Yasir Shah, which helped him break an 82-year-old world record.

"They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs". It was a very poor show from India with the bat - all except for Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin.

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