Australia v India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval

Australia's Usman Khawaja right celebrates with his team-mates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli

"I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself, I don't really find the need to prove anything to anyone", he told Macquarie Sports Radio at the weekend. "I'm hugely honoured to be captain of Australia but I am not letting it weigh me down too much", he added.

"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine.

"Having Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins back in as well is going to be different".

"He's scored 500 runs in Shield cricket in eight innings, that's a great way to go into a Test match".

Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favourites.

"We know the talent Mitch has, we know most likely at some stage in this series we'll need him".

"As this series wears on, and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer, our bowlers will be a bit exhausted then the all rounder position becomes important", said Paine.

"Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder and as this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the all-rounder position becomes important".

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"As this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the all-rounder position becomes important".

"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that (spinner) Nathan Lyon can do the job".

Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head.

"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident". For India, it is a quest to end their tag of bad travellers after losing the series against South Africa (1-2) and England (1-4) with Australia posing an opportunity for Virat Kohli and co.to win first Test series Down Under in 70 years.

Given the hot weather, Paine admitted he will bat first if he wins the toss.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees", said the wicketkeeper.

With the Adelaide pitch expected to sport some grass, the team management can decide to go with six proper batsmen with either of Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari at No 6 and keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at seven.

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