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Australia vs India Cricket Betting Odds and Game Info
Cricket betting odds Australia $1.80 at BetOnline | Draw $8 at Sportsbet | India $2.90 at Bet365
When December 17-21, 2020
Where Adelaide Oval – Adelaide, South Australia
Watch live Seven, Foxtel, Kayo

Australia vs India 1st Test betting preview

Australia’s batting order has been a key talking point heading into the 2020/21 Test series against India, and the top six could have a very new look about it when hostilities commence at Adelaide Oval this Thursday.

Aussie coach Justin Langer confirmed in a press conference on Tuesday that Cameron Green will make his much-anticipated Test debut this week if he is cleared to play by the team doctors.

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The emerging allrounder copped a nasty blow to the head from a return drive when bowling for Australia A last week, but he appears to have avoided any serious injury and looks set to take over the no.6 slot in the Australian lineup.

If Green plays, it is expected Matthew Wade will move to the top of the order in the absence of David Warner, but it is not yet clear who will partner the versatile Tasmanian.

Joe Burns, the incumbent opener, is in the midst of a career-worst slump, while there are doubts over Marcus Harris’ ability to make big scores at the highest level.

The natural choice might have been the in-form Will Pucovski, but the Victorian gun has been ruled out with a concussion injury sustained while batting for Australia A.

For India and Virat Kohli, this is the one chance they will have with their strongest lineup before the skipper flies home for the birth of his child.

Online bookmakers have the tourists pegged as clear outsiders for the series opener, even though their last Test match at Adelaide – only two years ago – ended in a 31-run victory.

Kohli was well below his best in that encounter, so the Indians would be well within their rights to take some measure of confidence into this clash.

Australia vs India 1st Test betting predictions

To score 50 (first innings) – Cheteshwar Pujara

$2.50
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Sportsbet

This is the man who did the heavy lifting when India conquered Adelaide Oval back in 2018. Cheteshwar Pujara hit just shy of 200 runs in that game, including a critical 123 in the first innings when none of his teammates reached 40. His recent form is nothing special, but Pujara is one of those guys who lifts for the big ones and hangs around when others don’t.

Australia top wicket-taker (first innings) – Mitchell Starc

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Bet365

Did you know that Pat Cummins has played three Tests at Adelaide and taken only eight wickets? Despite that indifferent record, Bet365.com.au has him down as the favourite to top the wicket tally for Australia in the first Test. By comparison, Mitchell Starc has snared 29 victims in five Tests – and only nine innings – at the same venue, and he is paying $4. That’s value, people.

India to win

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Bet365

Given the instability of Australia’s batting lineup heading into this series, it is quite remarkable that all the money seems to be on the hosts. We’ve seen before what happens when the Aussies don’t have a settled top six, and selecting a makeshift opener to create room for a debutant allrounder is about as unsettled as it gets. This is a great chance for India to take the ascendency before Kohli jets off.

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