IND vs AUS 1st Test: Australian top-order batsman Marcus Harris added to the Australian squad after Will Pucovski and David Warner ruled out ahead of the next week's series opener against India (IND vs AUS) in Adelaide, kick-starting from December 17. While the young lad Will Pucovski has been officially ruled out due to a groin injury during the first practice match against India A. Harris comes into the squad in place of David Warner, who has already gone down from the first Vodafone Test match after being injured in the second ODI at the SCG late last month.
However, it won't's be easy for Tim Paine and Co as they face a daunting challenge from Virat Kohli-led Team India as the last time the visitors toured Australia in 2018-19. India clinch the four-match series by 2-1 and lifted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. However, a plus point for them will be the inclusion of David Warner as he back for the hosts in the second Test at the historic MCG, and Indian skipper Virat Kohli missing the last three matches will benefit the Aussies.
Meanwhile, Australian star opener David Warner did not travel with the Australian squad for the Adelaide test as he continues to aim for regaining full fitness ahead of the second Test starting on 'Boxing Day' in Melbourne.
As both David Warner and Will Pucovski out from at least the first Test, Marcus Harris looks set to play his 10th Test and first since the final Test of the 2019 Ashes. The left-hander top-order batsman averages 25.06 with two half-centuries since debuting against India at the Adelaide Oval a couple of years ago.
Take a look at the newly-made Australian Test squad for IND vs AUS Test Series:
IND v AUS Test series 2020-21:
India Test squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj
Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (C/wk), Matthew Wade, David Warner, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Sean Abbott