"Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder and as this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter, conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the allrounder position becomes important".
Many pundits have tipped India to end their 70-year wait for a first Test series triumph in Australia after their top batsmen Smith and Warner were banned for a year in the aftermath of March's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Australian Captain Tim Paine poses with Australian Vice Captains Josh Hazlewood (left) and Mitch Marsh (right) during an Australian Test Team Leadership Portrait Session at Adelaide Oval yesterday.
They haven't had great success in Australia in the past, as Australia haven't had in India.
"Mitch Marsh has not been as consistent as he would like and we would like", said Paine at his pre-match press conference.
Rahane, however, was keen to throw the pressure of expectation back on the hosts when the much-anticipated series gets underway in Adelaide on Thursday, and scoffed when he was asked whether Australia would be ripe for the picking.
Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are. If they can make those runs they've got the bowling line-up to challenge India.
Captain Tim Paine confirmed that Handscomb would bat fifth in the order, with local favourite Travis Head at six. Speaking on the bowling department, the Australian skipper said, "We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to". It's probably unlikely we will use the three quicks as the series wears on...
"I don't think either side would be keen on bowling first given the forecast", said Taylor. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable.
"We are not going to take them lightly at all". They are fine to go.
"The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job".