Australia are considering unleashing a high-risk, high-reward plan against India run machine Virat Kohli in the belief the rest of the line-up will be vulnerable in foreign conditions without their captain leading the charge.
As Tim Paine's side upped the ante in its preparations for the first Test, India called an impromptu rest day as they recover from an unexpected working over by Australia's young bucks in the tour game.
Coming of age: Kohli celebrates one of the two centuries in the 2014 Adelaide Test. Credit:AP
The Indian camp insists their performance in Sydney is not a concern but it has cost the team an invaluable session to adjust to the conditions in Adelaide as they shoot for their maiden series win on Australian soil.
Given their recent record away from the subcontinent, Kohli's batsmen need all the time they can get to familiarise themselves with pitches that pose different challenges to the low and slow decks they master at home.
While the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara will draw confidence from their last series in Australia, India's batsmen are coming off two poor showings in South Africa and England.
In both series, their batting folded despite Kohli topping the run charts, raising hopes for Australia that they can have success even if the superstar batsmen is not tamed.
Australia know not to challenge Kohli verbally but are prepared to lay the gauntlet to him chasing his prized wicket even if it brings them some short-term pain.
"He's one of these guys who can score pretty freely, a number of them can in this Indian line up – sometimes those risks bring the most rewards," paceman Josh Hazlewood said.
"It's about weighing those up and how long we will stay at each plan for. We might stay for 20 balls or 80 balls, it's about how we feel and adapting when we get on the field.
"A player of that calibre you need a couple of options."
Up for the challenge: Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood fires one down at training on Monday.Credit:AAP
Kohli had zero impact with the bat last year when the two nations met but there was enough depth on their home tracks through Pujara, Rahane and Rahul to deny Steve Smith's men.
India have resorted to desperate measures to end their hoodoo abroad.
There was a span of 45 Tests up until midway in their series in England where India fielded 45 different XIs.
Senior pair Pujara and Rahane have both felt the blade of the axe this year. Both men are averaging less than 35 this year.
"They toured England and South Africa and it was only Virat who stood out," Hazlewood said. "A lot of the others haven't scored too many of the runs."
Pujara denied there was pressure on the Indian batsmen and said he was drawing confidence from his epic double century in Ranchi against an attack containing Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
"It does help when you have performed against a particular side and when you have faced some bowlers in the past, you know what are their strengths and weaknesses and what to expect from them," Pujara said.
"So playing against them, performing well against them, will help me in this series."
Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin were the only members of India's Test squad to take to the Adelaide Oval nets on Monday after they were kept in the field for the best part of two days by a Cricket Australia XI in Sydney.
"To be honest, we got what we wanted in the practice game," Pujara said.
"The trainer and physio had been monitoring the workload so depending on that we thought it is best to take a break and train for the next two days and be fresh for the Test match."
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