India vs Australia: India is 'smelling blood' concedes Australian coach Justin Langer

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"If they bowl, just keep the pressure on and Josh Hazlewood in particular, to me, is a key part of that".

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After his break-out Ashes series last summer and strong start with 96 in the first innings against South Africa in March, Marsh has averaged exactly 10 in his past 11 Test innings.

India will also line up without a supplementary quick, although not by choice having lost Hardik Pandya for the series to a back injury.

"I just had an interview with Ricky Ponting and we went through the names of Australian Test captains over the years so it is a little bit daunting to be in a bracket with some of those guys".

Talking about the team for the opening Test, Langer said Marcus Harris is likely to make his debut but a decision is yet to be made about whether Peter Handscomb or allrounder Mitchell Marsh will feature in the playing XI.

"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine.

"He's scored 500 runs in Shield cricket in eight innings, that's a great way to go into a Test match".

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India have never won a Test series in Australia but Virat Kohli's team, despite guarded opinions from its members, is bidding to create history.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level. We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".

Most encouragingly, Australia is back on home turf where the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon flourish.

Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favourites.

"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident".

"The wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game".

"Travis Head bowls some handy off spinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", he said.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees", said the wicketkeeper. In essence, BCCI has indicated that India will be going with six batters.