ADELAIDE (AFP) - India captain Virat Kohli gained the toss and elected to bat in scorching warm conditions at the opening test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday.

It become a terrific toss to win on an afternoon when temperatures are forecast to hit 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit), with the fielding aspect bearing the brunt.

After naming a 12-guy crew on Wednesday, India opted to play hard-hitting batter Rohit Sharma, with all-rounder Hanuma Vihari missing out.

"He bats nicely with the tail, suitable with the fast ball and may take on the bowling," stated Kohli, explaining the choice.

"every excursion is an opportunity, coming here is a difficult project, now not taking some thing without any consideration," he introduced.

Australia have overlooked vice-captain and all-rounder Mitch Marsh in desire for Peter Handscomb, leaving them with just 4 known bowlers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

They ought to now toil in the searing heat, with Travis Head potentially imparting a few occasional off-spin if needed.

"we might have batted as nicely, some damp spots and we are able to look to make the first-rate of that," stated skipper Tim Paine.

"We assume 3 pacers and Nathan will do the process, they're pretty fresh and we've an all-spherical attack."

Marcus Harris makes his debut and could open Australia s innings along Aaron Finch.

India, the arena s pinnacle-ranked state, have never won a check collection in Australia.

teams

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

India: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI).

tv umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL).

fit referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI).