It's against that backdrop that India arrive in Brisbane for a T20 global at the Gabba on Wednesday night, although they won't have to play any red-ball cricket there with the first test in Adelaide, before the series moves to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. We need a whole lot of guys to put their hand up and take up the challenge.
Australia were beaten in both white-ball formats by South Africa in recent weeks, but skipper Aaron Finch is confident they can turn their fortunes around with a more assertive approach. "(He's) such a nice guy off the field, he's got a lot of time for everyone and just loves to be part of the boys, whether its playing Federation Internationale de Football Association or being around the team room", Starc said.
It may not have the bells and whistles of newer stadiums but Brisbane has been Australia's safety net for three decades of test cricket.
Last year, a rift between former head coach Anil Kumble and Kohli had resulted in the former stepping down from his role.
While the outcome of the series against West Indies was just like the way we would have expected, it is definitely not going to be very easy in Australia.
In the T20 series, while Shikhar Dhawan showed up big in the batting department, scoring 138 runs in three matches, it was Kuldeep Yadav who once again ended up as the leading wicket-taker with 5 wickets in three games. The last time we played a test series here, although we lost two games and drew one game, there were a few close games, especially in Brisbane.
"We want to make it count this time around".
"Australia has bowlers who are very tall and extract those conditions, use them to their advantage", Sharma said of the Perth Test. "The motive is to seize all the moments and win".
"I don't get that feeling at all", Starc said. When you play in places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I've grown up playing on cement pitches. It is challenging for all our batsman when we come here.
A maiden test series win on Australian soil is the main aim of the tour, which kicks off Wednesday with a Twenty20 global in Brisbane and includes games across all three formats.
"But all the guys are determined to change things around this time".
With two T20I centuries already this year, Rohit has the maximum hundreds in cricket's shortest format with four scores of 100+.
"I am a person who does not think too far ahead". I keep it simple, try to go out there and enjoy my game.
"The challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I'm not thinking of".