Mistakes were made and India paid the price for them in the two previous overseas tours of the year.
"It's unlikely that we will use the three quicks throughout the whole series as much as we will in this game".
Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favourites.
"We've obviously got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need him to". The visitors, just like the hosts, are going in with a four-man bowling attack.
The coach also said that young Marcus Harris will make his debut and he will open the innings along with Aaron Finch.
"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said. The series is significant for the Virat Kohli brigade as India has never won a Test series on Australian soil.
Archie Schiller will be part of the squad for the Boxing Day Test match against the subcontinent giants that will start on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
"Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder and as this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the all-rounder position becomes important". "We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".
The West Australian, who starred in the Ashes, had a nightmare run in the UAE and, despite crashing 151 in the Shield last month, left his position vulnerable by failing to reach 50 in his past four knocks.
The dumping of Mitch Marsh will add an extra burden for Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, who will have to take on more overs in what are forecast to be scorching hot conditions in Adelaide.
"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".
Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head. When asked about targeting India's lone spinner R Ashwin in this match, he replied the game-plan is going to be quite similar for even the Indian batsmen.