ADELAIDE (AFP) - Australia sprang a surprise with the aid of axing vice-captain Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the primary check against India, as Usman Khawaja s go back changed into showed in spite of the surprise of his brother s arrest.

Batsmen Travis Head and Peter Handscomb have been favored to the all-rounder, piling more strain at the bowlers in what are forecast to be scorching situations, while Marcus Harris will make his debut as opener.

Captain Tim Paine stated the omission of Marsh, one among Australia s vice-skippers in conjunction with Josh Hazlewood, was because of a lack of consistency and he might gain from returning to Sheffield defend cricket to discover shape once more.


Handscomb edged him out after two 1/2-centuries final week and a century for Victoria the week earlier than that.

"Mitch Marsh has no longer been as steady as he would like and we would really like," said Paine at his pre-fit press conference, after the all-rounder persevered lean excursions of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, in which they played Pakistan.

"We recognise the expertise that Mitch has and we recognise that maximum probably all through this collection we will need him. We're taking the opportunity in the interim to move lower back and play a guard game and get some cricket underneath his belt."

In-shape debutant Harris will open in a brand new-look pinnacle order alongside Aaron Finch.

Paine defined Harris as "an competitive little player" who deserved his chance.

"He can play his pictures however he s additionally clearly improved his defence. He s come a long manner as a batsman."

Khawaja, whose brother became arrested on Tuesday for allegedly framing a love-rival with a fake terror plot, will come in at the start drop.

The Pakistan-born Australian, who's returning after ankle surgical operation, turned into now not seen in the nets on Wednesday after his circle of relatives crisis, even though he is acknowledged to simplest take on a mild workload the day earlier than a check.

"We re maintaining an eye fixed on Uzzie, obviously it was a bit bit of surprise for him the day gone by," train Justin Langer instructed SEN radio.

"That said, he s were given correct support round him. He ll be as cool and calm as ordinary out at the center."

His brother Arsalan turned into released on bail after performing in a Sydney court docket on costs of forgery and attempting to pervert justice.

Shaun Marsh will bat at four with Handscomb at five and Head at six.

The dumping of Mitch Marsh will add an extra burden for Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, who will should tackle extra overs in temperatures forecast to pinnacle 30 Celsius.

"We obviously have loads of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a number of overs if we want to," said Paine, adding that Head may also bowl a few off-spin on a pitch this is anticipated to become worse because the match wears on.

"And in all likelihood the fact that all our three quicks go in real sparkling. We believe in them, mainly at the begin of the series. They may be ready to move and have had tremendous arrangements."

Given the new climate, Paine admitted he'll bat first if he wins the toss.

Langer said he turned into wary of an Indian aspect led by means of the incomparable Virat Kohli, that is aiming to win their first test series ever in Australia.

"They haven t had super success in Australia within the past, as Australia haven t had in India. They ll additionally be under extremely good pressure, I suppose."

Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc.