2018 will go down as one of the most hard years for the Australian test team but after tough tours to South Africa and the UAE against Pakistan where they lost both series, they return home now where they are notoriously strong to play India.
"They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs".
"There has been so much talk, it's time for action".
The odds are stacked in favour of the tourists - they top the Test rankings and boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack.
Gaining the respect of his country is as big a priority as taming India for Australian skipper Tim Paine, who Wednesday said that winning matches and winning hearts are not mutually exclusive tasks for him.
The last time the teams played in Australia in 2014-15, the home side won 2-0 in four tests.
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"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said.
"It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he said.
Opener Marcus Harris will make his Test debut, while Travis Head will bat at number six for Australia.
The previous series between the two rivals have been heated, with the combative Kohli usually front and centre. Do you think they can genuinely come out as a team and contest in the series?
This is somewhat of a gamble to take in the first day Test at Adelaide Oval in four years, particularly if Virat Kohli calls correctly at the toss and bats first with temperatures expected to soar to 39 on Thursday and into the mid-30s the following day.
Top order batsman Murali Vijay, who was dropped following the second Test against England at Lord's in August, was also included.
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.
They will then have to pick three pacers which in all likelihood would be Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma and the lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.