Live Test cricket score, India vs Australia, 1st Test Day 1

Preview: The Indian Test juggernaut, with Virat Kohli at the wheel, has crushed nearly everything in its path over the last 18 months and Australia will have to conjure up something special if they are to upset the hosts in their four-match series.

"Our preparations have been great, about executing our skills under pressure", Smith said of the much-anticipated four-match series.

Panesar, who made his Test debut against India in 2006, has taken 167 wickets in 50 games he played for England in whites.

While India have the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav in their ranks, it is certain that Kohli, if he decides to field three spinners, will include Jayant to accompany Ashwin and Jadeja. I never thought I'd say this, but the BCCI have come up with the goods.

Smith believes that not worrying about the end result is the right way to look at the game. These things you have to keep out of contention.

"It's a very dry pitch, won't bounce". Speaking about the preparations for upcoming matches, Smith said that reverse swing will play a crucial role in the outcome of the match.

That is the ploy that India, the top-ranked Test side enjoying a 19-Test undefeated streak, opted for. "Two fast bowlers and an allrounder", Smith said.

Earlier on Sunday, Cricket Australia announced a 16-member Test squad for the four-match India tour, which begins from February 23.

The Australia bowling attack was as widely predicted, with a two-pronged pace attack of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood supported by Marsh, with Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe the slow-bowling options.

  • Julie Sanders