Australia later defeated India 2-0 in a four-Test rubber played Down Under in the 2014-15 season. I think I learnt a little about that in Sri Lanka.
Australia look likely to start the series with two specialist spinners (Lyon and O'Keefe) and two frontline quicks (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) plus an all-rounder batting at six or seven. "He bowls at a genuine pace, can swing the new ball and is an excellent exponent of reverse swing", said Hussey. All have the benefit of knowledge gained on previous trips to Asia, and Starc's destructive efforts in Sri Lanka, where he lacked support, have not been forgotten.
"I have a good mix of bowlers".
Getting that balance between attack and defence right is not going to be easy for Australia, considering Smith has got batsmen like David Warner and Glenn Maxwell in his squad, whose instinct is to attack, while the captain himself is a big advocate of defence in spin-friendly conditions.
"We always used to enjoy playing overseas earlier as there is less pressure as you are away from the home crowd, family, friends and the media". "We have played the turning ball, bouncing ball". They relish the challenge of playing against the best players in the world, and India have some incredibly good batters.
Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh has described off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the Don Bradman of bowling and said that he is the player the Australian team would need to overcome during its upcoming tour of India. With the Men in Blue slowly pulling on the cloak of invincibility - they have been undefeated for 19 Tests - Australia are keener than ever not to play the flawless guests.
Smith sounded confident and said it's all in the mind. While Harbhajan, who himself has 417 wickets to his credit, can hope of making a comeback in the limited-overs scene, it is safe to say that it would be a very hard prospect to remove Ashwin from the longest format.
The first Test will take place in Pune from February 23t to 27th after which the teams will travel to Bangalore for the second Test which begins on March 4. I think this team has come a long way.
Australia's best performance in India, a 3-1 series win, came under the captaincy of Bill Lawry who had deployed seamers Graham McKenzie (21 wickets) and Allan Connolly (17), and off-spinner Ashley Mallett (28) and leg-spinner Johnie Gleeson (10).
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.