Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

FILE Australian captain Tim Paine

India have never won a Test series in Australia and their recent oversees record has also been poor with 1-2 loss to South Africa in February and 1-4 defeat to England in September.

Handscomb was dropped 12 months ago after the Adelaide Test, losing his place to Marsh.

In the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, India has been talked up a lot.

With Australia in turmoil, India are "smelling blood" but Virat Kohli's men would also be under great pressure to perform during the four-Test series starting here Thursday, coach Justin Langer said Wednesday.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

Opening the batting with the likes of Aaron Finch and youngster Marcus Harris is always a risk. It's time to sit back and observe as Australia seeks to rebuild its reputation in a four Test series against world cricket's powerhouse nation. However, ahead of the third and final - a stern Test against Australia in Australia, the Asian giants are being tipped as favourites.

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"The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions, he's shown that over the last few years, he bowled a mountain of overs in the UAE and our quicks are fresh so we can cover that, Travis Head bowls some handy offspinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers". "We have confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

"I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself, I don't really find the need to prove anything to anyone", he told Macquarie Sports Radio at the weekend.

"They got through the Ashes past year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", captain Tim Paine said.

India will pick their playing XI for the first Test against Australia from the 12 players which was announced on Wednesday. "They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

Mistakes were made and India paid the price for them in the two previous overseas tours of the year.

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