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"Look, it is not just about one spinner".

With 336 Test wickets in 64 matches to his name, Ravichandran Ashwin will be the leader of the pack in India's Test series Down Under.

Considering they will be operating against an Australian team shorn of two of their best batsmen - the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner - India have reasons to be optimistic but the challenges are substantial.

Pujara wasn't chirpy in the field until "learning the tricks of sledging" through skipper Kohli and continually baiting David Warner on Australia's Test tour of the subcontinent past year.

He did not have the best of times in the Tests in UAE recently but said that he was pumped to be back home and will try his best to give Australia a winning start in the series.

Rahane and Kohli did that in the Boxing Day test on the last tour, putting together a fourth-wicket stand of 262 in India's first innings with scores of 147 and 169 respectively while illustrating their different approaches to the game.

Australia will face India in their maiden match.

India declared and set Australia 348 to win, and they were bundled out for just 168 on the final day with Tendulkar, not surprisingly, named man-of-the-match.

According to a report in India Today, Watson feels even though this is India's best chance with the pair not participating, still the visitors will find things incredibly challenging on Australian soil. We also had some net practice while the game was going on so I don't think it was a concern at all.

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The common refrain from Australia in recent years, whenever questioned about sledging and poor behaviour, was that they play aggressively and occasionally headbutt the line but will never cross it.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level".

For the first home summer in decades, Australia will not be led by a run-machine in the mould of Smith, Clarke or Ricky Ponting but by wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who has played only 15 previous tests.

"I have a lot of confidence", Hazlewood said.

After being dropped following a pair in the second Test against England this year, the 34-year-old was seen to be in a fight with incumbent KL Rahul to open the batting alongside Shaw in Adelaide.

"The great Australian teams that I played in always had a few words to say, but it was always on the back of some good, hostile bowling first".

Langer has said the last batting berth to be settled is between opener Marcus Harris and middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, seemingly assuring Head of a home Test.

"Shaun Marsh keeps peeling them off in every format and every game he plays".

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