Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Team India announce playing XI for Adelaide Test

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Last Updated: Thu, Dec 17th, 2020, 09:01:51hrs
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Team India Kohli

Team India announced their playing XI for the first Test against Australia on Wednesday.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has chosen Prithvi Shaw as Mayank Agarwal's opening partner for the pink-ball Test in Adelaide.

Hanuman Vihari has also made it to the list in the middle-order. There were a lot of rumours about who will be taking the keeper's spot in the Test Series, and the names that were making the rounds were of Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant for the keeper's slot, but the former made it to the XI.

R Ashwin has also made XI as the only spinner for Team India.

Is KL Rahul playing the first Test?

Earlier, Kohli hinted that KL Rahul might not play the first Test and it looks like he did not make the cut.

"It all boils down to combination. KL is obviously a quality player. We'll have to see what combination suits the balance of the side the best. Everyone is playing well, feeling good. We have a lot of quality players. Someone like a Hanuma Vihari as well has been very solid. He's someone who has a lot of grit and character as well."

"KL was brought into the side understanding that we do have opening options already, and when we have Rohit (Sharma) back, we have another established opener who is going to start. So, KL, where and how he fits in is a conversation we have to monitor closely.

"We have to bring our best squad to Australia and; you whatever combination you want to go in with according to the team balance according to conditions, you go with."

Kohli also commented on the young players in the team.

"It's exciting to have young guys on the team. You can literally just tell them to go there and enjoy their skill-sets and capitalise when they have opportunities, and let senior guys take the responsibility, pressure, and load of a full Test series."

(With Agency Inputs)

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