KL Rahul has been left out of the playing eleven as India decided to go ahead with Prithvi Shaw as the opener for the first Test against Australia, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday.

With Prithvi coming in, he is set to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal. Earlier in the day, India captain Virat Kohli hinted Rahul could miss out on the first Test. “KL is a quality player, and that’s why he has been included in the Test squad. We will have to see what combination suits the balance of the team best,” he had said.

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“Everyone is playing well – they are feeling good. We have a lot of quality players. Someone like a Hanuma Vihari has been absolutely solid. He is someone who has grit and character.

“KL was brought into the side, understanding we do have opening options. When Rohit comes back into the team, we will…

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