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There will be inevitably a sombre cloud hanging over the Adelaide Oval, home ground to Phillip Hughes when the first delayed Test series gets underway on Tuesday. Any series involving India and Australia in the past had been highly competitive and acrimonious, it is believed things won’t change this time around despite Hughes sad death. The Australian players will be remembering their former team-mate, but have promised that their intensity against India won’t go down.After a minutes of silence as the players take to ground, it would be cricket as usual. However, there are doubts regarding captains of both the teams – Michael Clarke and MS Dhoni, who are recovering from injuries. But India and Australia are confident that both of them are shaping up well and could be ready for the first Test.There were talks and debate regarding the use of bouncers, but current and former players are of the opinion that the short stuff should be allowed. In the recent past, under coach Darren Lehmann, Australia are a transformed side and they are back to playing their aggressive cricket. England were blown away by the sheer pace and bounce of Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes series, however, his approach in the first Test will be keenly followed.India just had two warm-up games leading to the actual series, where the batsmen and bowlers had a decent outing except a couple of them. In the Test rankings, India have slumped to sixth after series defeats in New Zealand and England. While, Australia despite losing to Pakistan 2-0 recently have retained their number two position.advertisementThe team selections would be tricky for India, will Suresh Raina be preferred ahead of Rohit Sharma in the No.6 slot? Will India play an extra spinner? During Sunday’s training session, legspinner Karn Sharma was seen bowling with team director Ravi Shastri keeping a close eye. The visitors would have taken note of Australia’s struggle against spin playing Pakistan, but conditions in Australia will differ where pace and bounce rule.The last time India were here, they had the batting pedigree comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, yet they struggled to be drubbed 4-0. A relatively inexperienced and young Indian side will start their campaign in the hope of winning a Test series at their 11th attempt.The key for Indian batting will be the middle-order starting from Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli to MS Dhoni. Australia have 10 pacers at their disposal and can rotate them, but in the first Test the experienced trio of Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson looks like leading the attack.India would be tempted to go in with four-pronged pace attack led by Ishant Sharma, but considering spin being Australia’s nemesis an extra spinner would be a viable option. However, the tragic death of Hughes will surely have an impact on the first Test and maybe the series would surprisingly be played in good spirit devoid of any acrimony.