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Mitchell Marsh Dropped For First Test Against India

Australia Vice-Captain and All-Rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first Test against India as selectors backed the team's three specialist Seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval.

Marsh's place in the side for the series-opener, which starts on Thursday, has been taken by middle order batsman Peter Handscomb, recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April.

Despite scoring a Century for Sheffield Shield side Western Australia in the Leadup, Marsh pays the price for a poor tour of the United Arab Emirates where he managed 30 runs from four innings with the bat against Pakistan and two wickets at the cost of almost 100 runs with the ball.

Paine confirmed Marcus Harris would make his Test debut and open the batting with Aaron Finch in the opener of the four-match series, Australia's first home Test since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned over the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.