Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

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However, given that India has never ever won a Test series in Australia in more than 70 years of its touring history is reason enough to say that Australia would still start favourites in their home conditions.

It was an impressive opening spell from the Australian bowlers, with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all striking early. In an interview to the Australian news website, SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said the ticket sales for the first Test are not as high as in the previous years at the same venue, where day-night Tests have become a regular feature since 2015.

Australia will employ one of their least credentialed batting line-ups in almost half a century with the team's aggregate of 9209 Test runs the lowest since the first Test in 1977-78 when Australia employed six debutants to replace the World Series Cricket rebels.

Paine expressed confidence that the four-bowler attack will get through the four Tests without any fitness concerns.

Vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was left out of the playing eleven and opener Marcus Harris is set for his global debut. The bilateral relationship eroded in that series when an Australian player said he was racially vilified by an India player during a test match in Sydney.

"We know the talent Mitch has and 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".

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

"It's unlikely that we will use the three quicks throughout the whole series as much as we will in this game. He's shown that over the last few years".

"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job".

"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-odd degrees".

There was tension well before that, with legpsinner bowler Shane Warne adding some spice with a comment during a 1998 tour to India that he had to pack baked beans and tinned spaghetti because he wasn't able to handle Indian food. All the laurels he got for himself and the team are unmatched.