The first test of the Australian summer starts today, with scorching temperatures expected for the match in Adelaide.
It’s expected to get to 39C today when the Aussies and Indians commence hostilities.
The hot weather is expected to drain whatever life is left in the Adelaide wicket making the coin toss between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine all that more important.
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The Australians are confident their fast bowling battery of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood will be enough for the first 5-day match of the summer.
They’ve left out Vice Captain Mitch Marsh and recalled Victorian batsman Peter Handscombe.
He’ll be joined by his State teammate Marcus Harris who’s in line to make his debut.
Adding to the heat on the field is the drama surrounding Australia’s best batsman Usman Khawaja.
His brother was arrested this week after allegedly framing another man with a “terrorist notebook.”
Coach Justin Langer is confident Khawaja will be able to focus on the match.
“He’s got the right temperament, he’s obviously hurting,” he told Adelaide radio station 5AA.
“If anything happens to your family it hurts.
“One of our key values is to get around each other and we’ll make sure we do that.”