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.

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"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).