Partnerships are a big one for us, always bowling for the guys following you. No Indian side has done better in the lead-up period.
Paine expressed confidence that the four-bowler attack will get through the four Tests without any fitness concerns.
"And that is why the contest between Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins against Vijay and Rahul is going to be more important than them against Virat", Gavaskar told India Today.
"I think it's pretty different from what we had when we came here last time", Kohli said.
It is surprising that a series between India and Australia, in Australia, is headlined by India's fast bowlers. That middle phase is very crucial.
The move robs them of match practice but may prove sensible in light of the quick turnaround between tests. Our bowlers know what they have to do. Clive Lloyd used to say a visiting team had to be twice as good as the Aussies to win in their lair.
Paine's batting lineup has been rated the worst Australia has ever assembled in tests by local media, so the bowlers could well be under pressure to defend some modest totals.
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"I do think he should be there". He was cruelly dismissed one shy of a well-deserved ton when he was run out for 99 in the 2014 Boxing Day Test.
Yet the turf on Australia's ovals can play a critical role in determining the outcome of the highly-anticipated four-Test series, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday, and is often the subject of fierce debate among players, pundits and fans. Of course, conditions have changed in the modern era with neutral umpires and the decision review system in place.
"Everyone loves him and one of greats of the game", said Lyon of Kohli.
"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level".
"So, we will just have to embrace that and make something out of the resources that we have at present and try to put in the performances that the team expects from the players".
"I see the Indian line up as the best in the world, if not right up there, led by Virat and I think they feed a lot off him and how he goes about things", Hazlewood said.
Another issue for India away has been that they have been slow starters. "We all want to express ourselves, go out there and be positive". So to have Lyon, it even worked well two weeks ago when we played the Shield game. Of those, the India batsman has played an attacking shot to just 15.7 per cent - lower than against any other member of the Australia squad.
"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli. He also added, "We've played quite a few test matches here before and we've scored runs".