This will be their first series in India since being whitewashed 4-0 in 2012-13. It could be argued that the Australian batsmen failed to find the right balance between attack and defence at the time.
India have named an unchanged squad for the first two Tests of the four-Test series, all of which will be shown live on Sky Sports. "I have to bide my time", he added. The new ball will still carry through quite well, so you're looking to take wickets caught in the slips, caught behind with the new ball. When you get a sniff really go for it. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adapt to the situation. They also worked with former left-arm spinners, Monty Panesar (England) and Sridharan Sriram (India), to sharpen their play against spin. There can be little doubt that the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will have plenty to say, though the approach taken by Smith's deputy David Warner will intrigue. I think the moment you just start defending, you are probably in trouble. In India reverse swing is very important and both Josh and Mitch are very good reverse swing bowlers.
The most recent Test at Bangalore, in November 2015, was washed out, but not before South Africa were rolled for 214 batting first, with India's star spin duo Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja combining for eight wickets.
"We are trying to form a game plan but I am not telling you".
While the series is set to kick-off next week at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, the Aussies will first play a three-day warm-up game against India A at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
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"I have to respect a player like Ashwin". Having played alongside the duo in CSK, Hussey would like to believe that simulating sub-continental conditions in Dubai will be good enough. "We know he's going to be hard to play on this tour but the guys hopefully have figured out plans to play him".
Talking about the Indian bowling Smith said, "They (India) have some great fast bowlers too apart from incredible spinners".
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).
Steve Waugh famously described a tour of India as the "Final Frontier", and that was back in the early 2000s when Australia's global hegemony was more or less unrivalled.