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India vs Australia 1st Test: Day 1 live scores, analysis and talking points

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Australia will look to start their four-game Test series against India with a victory – and they’ve produced some major selection decisions in their bid to make it happen.

Travis Head has sensationally been dropped from the side in favour of a returning Peter Handscomb, while young spinner Todd Murphy will make his Test debut.

India have also named two debutants for the opening clash of the series, with white-ball specialist Suryakumar Yadav making the jump to the Test arena. 

The visitors won the toss and have opted to bat first in Nagpur

The Sporting News will have live scores, analysis and talking points throughout the day’s play below.

India vs Australia 1st Test live score

AUSTRALIA (1st Innings)

2/14 (4)

Marnus Labuschagne 8* (11)

Steve Smith 0* (5)

India vs Australia Day 1 talking points and analysis

Indian seamers cause early havoc as Warner, Khawaja fail

While all the talk heading into the first Test was about how the visitors would play against spin, it was the pace attack from India that caused all the early damage.

On a deck that was giving very little carry for the bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj both took early poles to leave the Aussie in disarray. 

Usman Khawaja was dismissed LBW by Siraj after just three deliveries, with the hosts challenging the on-field decision and successfully having it overutned by the DRS.

Moments later, David Warner’s off-stump was sent cartwheeling by Shami, with the left-hander bowled for just one run and starting an important series in poor fashion. 

With just two pace bowlers in the Indian lineup, they are unlikely to feature as prominently as the spinners – but they couldn’t have started things off any better in Nagpur. 

Travis Head dropped, Peter Handscomb returns in shock move

One of Australia’s most in-form batsman, Travis Head, has sensationally been dropped from the side in favour of a returning Peter Handscomb.

The 29-year-old is coming off a strong home summer, but the Aussie selectors have opted to bring in an extra right-hander and superior player of spin-bowling, with Handscomb earning a recall after a lengthy absence.

Head’s omission has left plenty of cricket fans shocked and confused, but it’s clearly a ‘horses for courses’ scenario that the Australians had hinted at moving towards after a failed tour of Sri Lanka last year. 

Handscomb will slot into the middle-order alongside Matt Renshaw, while young gun Todd Murphy makes his Test debut after less than 10 first-class games. 

India vs Australia 1st Test confirmed lineups

Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Scott Boland

India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

What time does India vs Australia start?

All four Test matches will begin at 3pm AEDT and 9.30am IST. 

How to watch or live stream India vs Australia

Fox Cricket will broadcast each game live and exclusive in Australia, while Star Sports holds the rights to the series in India. 

  Australia India
TV Channel Fox Cricket Star Sports
Live Stream Foxtel Go/Kayo Sports Disney+ Hotstar



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