India has gone unbeaten in their last 19 Tests under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Playing at home, the last time India were defeated in a Test was in December 2012, which makes Australia’s task sterner.
Australia won their last test match in India way back in October 2004.
Australia has made it clear that they are fancying a victory over India, which is surprisingly a far more audacious approach than any other side that has taken on Kohli’s team of late.
Let us take a look what makes Australia believe they can achieve their goal:
In the 2014-15 series, regular Australia captain Michael Clarke was ruled out of the series after the first Test due to injury. Faith was placed in Smith to become Australia’s future skipper, and boy did he live up to it, winning the series 2-0 and growing as a batsman with the added responsibility.
Known to be a good player of spin bowling, Smith doesn't shy away from using his feet against the spinners - one of the key ingredients to counter turn.
Smith has hit prime form with two centuries in his previous series against Pakistan, as has Warner, bringing out two brutal centuries that took the contest away from their opponents.
The Australia team's preparations are mirroring that of England ahead of their groundbreaking 2012 winning tour. Australian cricketers traveled to UAE and trained for about two weeks at the ICC Cricket Academy.
One of England's more novel tactics was to rig up a sound system around the nets to blast out crowd noise at high volume in a bid to have their batsmen get used to the crowd conditions.
Swepson has quickly impressed his new teammates in Dubai where the Australia Test squad is assembled for a training camp.
Players like Peter Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw promise a lot to look forward to in this series. Renshaw was present among the audience during the first-ever T20I played years ago, but the Yorkshire-born who could have played for England, has made his Test debut for Australia.
Strong bowling attack:
The last time Australia toured India, in 2013, off-spinner Nathan Lyon ended the series with 15 wickets, emerging the most successful bowler for the visitors.
Four years on, Lyon has decided to study Ashwin’s bowling to get better results and help Australia end their run of nine consecutive Test defeats in Asia.
However, the pace department will have little to no effect in Indian pitches where spinners rule the roost. The Australian think tanks are also wise to the sub-continental conditions and have picked four spinners including Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe for the series.
Australia will be relying heavily on new ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. The pace department needs to make full use of the shine to dismiss the openers – Vijay and KL Rahul – and expose the middle order. The pace duo should always look to create pressure, and repeatedly put the ball in the corridor of uncertainty and take advantage of reverse swing, if it's in offing, to trouble the famed Indian batting line up.