Despite the questions over Australia's batting, India's ambitious Virat Kohli did not consider the home team vulnerable as he attempts to become the first winning captain in this country. The series is even more important for captain Kohli as it would also define his legacy as a leader having already established himself as world's premier batsman.
And it wasn't hard to understand why an Indian fan in Adelaide thought India would go on to win the upcoming four-Test series 3-0.
The mercury is forecast to soar to 39C on Thursday for the beginning of the four-Test series, heightening the significance of Tim Paine and Virat Kohli's pre-match coin toss.
India will pick their playing XI for the first Test against Australia from the 12 players which was announced on Wednesday.
In the wake of the tampering scandal, Australia vowed to overhaul their infamous win-at-all-costs attitude, tone down the sledging and be more respectful.
"If they bowl, just keep the pressure on and Josh Hazlewood in particular, to me, is a key part of that".
"It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he said.
Opener Marcus Harris will make his Test debut, while Travis Head will bat at number six for Australia.
The previous series between the two rivals have been heated, with the combative Kohli usually front and centre.
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"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said.
The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6. Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari, who impressed in his maiden Test assignment in England earlier this year, also finds a place in the 12-man squad.
India have picked Ashwin as their lone spinner while the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami will handle the pace bowling duties.
"It's unlikely that we will use the three quicks throughout the whole series as much as we will in this game".
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