Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

Virat Kohli said Australia can be a great place to bat if the batsmen apply themselves well

Team India has never toured Australia with so much limelight.

"Going forward, we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder".

He further added that the familiarity with the ground will help him going into the first Test. "Familiarity certainly will help the fact that we have played quite a few Test matches here before and scored runs".

Build-up to the series has been dominated by the ongoing debate around Australia's new "non-aggression" pact, which has been put in place in response to the "win-at-all-costs" mentality that bred the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year.

Indian bowlers, meanwhile, had a tough start to the campaign in Australia.

On being asked about all the attention on him in Australia, prior to the series, with every former and current cricketer discussing plans to contain him, Kohli said he believes all the members of his team can change a match at any moment.

That was the closest India has come at winning at series in Australia in 11 attempts. "They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town".

The same could be said of Head (36.8 and 30.5) who has always been in the sights of Cricket Australia as a player of promise.

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Without Marsh in the team, captaincy duties would be most likely to fall to the limited-overs captain Aaron Finch or one of the state captains Usman Khawaja (Queensland) or Travis Head (South Australia) in the event of Paine suffering an injury.

With a scorching 39 degrees Celsius forecast for Adelaide on Thursday, Paine said Australia would be inclined to bat first if he won the toss against counterpart Virat Kohli.

In the bowling department, India have opted for three specialist pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah while Ravichandran Ashwin will be at the helm of the spin attack.

"It was probably the best bowling I've done in Test matches but I would not say it was the best bowling I have ever done", Renneberg said. "They'll also be under great pressure, I think".

"All our three quicks go in really fresh, so we've got confidence in them", he said. Virat at the other end was really aggressive and going after bowlers.

"We will be taking no prisoners but are focusing on our game rather than what is happening outside".

India's middle order also looks in good form with Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari all making half-centuries in the CA XI game.

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