Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Aussies Ready for Red-Hot Indians

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Aussies Ready for Red-Hot Indians

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Australia's 10 debutants in Test cricket in 2011 (the highest number since 15 players broke into the side in 1977 during the world series cricket era):

Michael Beer (Jan 3 v England, Sydney)

Usman Khawaja (Jan 3 v England, Sydney)

Trent Copeland (Aug 31 v Sri Lanka, Galle)

Nathan Lyon (Aug 31 v Sri Lanka, Galle)

Shaun Marsh (Sep 8 v Sri Lanka, Pallekele)

Pat Cummins (Nov 17 v South Africa, Johannesburg)

James Pattinson (Dec 1 v NZ, Brisbane)

Mitchell Starc (Dec 1 v NZ, Brisbane)

David Warner (Dec 1 v NZ, Brisbane)

Ed Cowan (Dec 26 v India, Melbourne)

Teams for Melbourne Test Co Australia: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc (12th man). India (possible): MS Dhoni (c), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, VVS Laxman, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

INDIA'S imposing batting line-up casts a massive shadow over Australia's preparations for the first Test starting today at the MCG.

Two of Australia's four frontline bowlers, James Pattinson and offspinner Nathan Lyon, are first-year players.

And while both are in good form, they'll need to be against some of the game's all-time greats.

India's top five Co Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman Co boast a combined tally of 610 Tests.

Dravid is the leading Test run scorer in 2011 and second-best of all time. He trails only his fellow 38-year-old Tendulkar, who's attempting to become the first player to score 100 centuries in Tests and one-day internationals.

While Australia's bowlers are under pressure to take 20 wickets in the first Test and cut India's confidence down to size in the four-match series, Australia's batsmen also need to produce heroic deeds. …

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