So, if Australia's seamers do find success using full-length in-nippers to arguably the world's most risky Test batsmen, it could go some way to swinging (or seaming) the series in their favour.
With Smith and David Warner serving bans for ball-tampering, Paine's team have had little to celebrate and even less inclination to indulge in chest-thumping aggression. I can't say what their gameplan is, but they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia, and majority have played here in 2014-15. But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.
The Indian captain will surely look to hit a few big shots in the Test match, if he is given such opportunities by the Australian bowlers.
"We got what we wanted in the practice game and the trainer and the physio has been monitoring the workload", Pujara said.
Bounce is a key factor in Australia as well, although former Australia players Ian Chappell and Jason Gillespie have warned the current set not to overdo the short-ball tactic. The 24-year-old Australian has been guaranteed a spot in the Playing XI for the opening Test.
"He's been through some tough times, spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so any way that we can help to put a smile on his face, it's the very least we can do for him".
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"And when you have played some bowlers in the past you always know what are their strengths and weaknesses, what to expect from them".
"When it comes to fast bowling, this is probably one of the best fast bowling attacks we have in many years".
Pujara believes the lessons of Ashwin's 2014-15 tour here and work with English County side Worcestershire - bowling with a higher action and more dip - would prove instructive. "If their spinners don't bowl well and don't get wickets, then it's going to be up to their quick and we'll see if they're good enough", he concluded. When he is playing in Australia he knows what to do and he has also played here in 2014-15. As a bowling unit, we are very confident. For Tests, there's more grass cover on day one and two, with the pitch drying out over the next few days. The boy who grew up using mattress cut outs for pads practising with his father says there is no concern at his average of 35 away from India.
One or two special performances are not going to win the series.
"In England I got a couple good starts 80-odd in Nottingham and another half-century in Southampton". Only on Foxtel. SIGN UP NOW!
Earlier this year, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri had met the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and informed them that the management and the team need more time to prepare for the Test matches under lights.