Opener Prithvi Shaw, who had a rough IPL and a couple of poor warm-up games in Australia, has been given a chance in the XI ahead of the in-form Shubman Gill, who will have to wait to make his Test debut.
In the wicket-keeping department, the experienced Wriddhiman Saha has got the nod ahead of Rishabh Pant for the Day-Night Test in Adelaide, which will be the first time India and Australia will be playing against each other in a pink ball contest.
Meanwhile, in the fast bowling department, Umesh Yadav has made the cut as the third pacer, ahead of Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini.
As expected, Ravichandran Ashwin was preferred over Kuldeep Yadav in the spin department. Hanuma Vihari, who will bat at number six for India also bowls right arm off-break.
Full India playing XI for Adelaide Test: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
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According to the team sheet tweeted by the BCCI Shubman Gill is the 12th man.
Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli vowed a “high-voltage” Test series against fierce rivals Australia but also predicted a more respectful era between the cricketing powers, saying grudges and tensions were “pointless”.
“It’s going to be high-voltage cricket because we have quality players on both sides and they are all hungry and eager to perform… it’s definitely going to be as competitive as it has always been,” Kohli said.
“There’s going to be tension, there’s going to be stress, there’s going to be emotions flaring every now and then, but I don’t foresee anything getting personal anymore.”
“I think all of us are getting smarter and a few more years into our careers so we want to make better choices,” he added.
India clinched their maiden series in Australia in 2018-19, triumphing 2-1, but they face a tougher assignment this time.
Not only is Steve Smith back, having missed that series while banned for ball-tampering, but India face their first pink-ball Test against Australia, and only their second ever.
In contrast, Australia has played seven day-nighters and won them all.
“A pink-ball Test is probably going to be a bit more challenging in terms of conditions and how the ball moves around in the evening,” said Kohli.
“For us, it’s about being able to adapt to different conditions… you can take inspiration from the past but I don’t think that guarantees anything and we have to stay in the present.”
Adelaide will be Kohli’s only Test in Australia, with the 32-year-old returning home afterwards for the birth of his first child.