Visitors announce 12 ahead of first test, toss-up between Rohit and Hanuma

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"You see their bowling attack, they've got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win Test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack". After the ball-tampering incident earlier this year, Australian Cricket has undergone a cultural review, and are adopting a non-aggressive approach. "We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, along with a number of ex-players, has criticised the new ethos, calling on the team to "stop worrying about being liked". It's a great place to play cricket in general; the stadium has been redone, the pitch has always been good.

The change in team balance was vindicated by the way the front-liners dominated Joe Root's team, and a year on the captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer have sought to repeat the dose against Virat Kohli's tourists.

Marsh's place in the side for the series-opener, which starts on Thursday, has been taken by middle order batsman Peter Handscomb, recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April. Zaheer Khan said that Umesh along with Bumrah and Shami should play the series-opener.

Despite acquiting themselves well in their last overseas tour against England in the summer, question marks remain over India's ability to compete away from home soil.

"There were some very tight Test matches and we lost some big moments badly which cost us the series", said Shastri.

There are two key differences, of course: India's batsmen are far better versed in facing spin and will be capable of attacking Lyon to bring the pacemen back more quickly, while an Australian batting line-up without Smith and Warner will need contributions from as many players as possible.

"We've been through so much in the last nine months".

India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah. If we're going to develop you've got to have honesty with each other, professionalism, humility, learning and your mates. "Again, the workload on the guys will play (a part) in the absence of the all-rounder. but that's something that's already been discussed and they should look forward, not think of it as a burden or think things are tough".

"We will be taking no prisoners but are focusing on our game rather than what is happening outside".

India followed suit by naming only four frontline bowlers in their 12-man squad that also has Rohit Sharma.

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