Fielding coach Steve Rixon is Australia's man on the inside for the first Test against India in Chennai starting on Friday.

The former Australia wicketkeeper has been an assistant coach with Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings for the past three seasons, helping them to one T20 Champions League triumph and two IPL titles.

So he can tell you a bit about the heat and humidity, the pitch conditions, how warm it gets just walking across the road and how warm the people have been in welcoming him to Tamil Nadu, India's southern-most state.

But on Friday there will be nothing welcoming about what confronts Michael Clarke's side.

Chidambaram Stadium, capacity 50,000, will be packed with screaming fans.

The red-dirt pitch, which was ready to go last week, can be expected to offer turn on day one. And good luck to the Aussies if they have to chase a target on day five.

While a severely-dehydrated Dean Jones famously lost seven kilograms and started to vomit and pee his pants during his career-defining double-hundred for Australia in the Tied Test in Chennai -then known as Madras - in 1986, that match was played in September.

Rixon says this time of year is slightly easier on the body.

Apart from the noise, the heat, the ball turning square, the fans, there's also the smell.

"You can still smell the Buckingham Canal. Don't worry about that," Rixon told AAP.

"They've changed some of the stands so that it's not so much of a coliseum any more and created vents between the stands where the sea breeze comes through.

"That alleviates the stench."

Rixon says improvements to the ground have been done with security in mind.

"They sit there in packed houses very comfortably. If they're comfortable, they're going to be easier to control," Rixon said.

Jones was playing in just his third Test during his famous innings. Other inexperienced batsmen in the side included David Boon (17th Test) and Steve Waugh (sixth).

Clarke is one of only four players in Australia's 17-man squad with more than 20 matches of Test experience, alongside Shane Watson, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson.

Jones recalls Chennai's 80 per cent humidity, although he doesn't remember all of his epic innings.

Ex-Kiwi coach Rixon says Australia's team history is being passed on.

Jones was a guest mentor to the side during the Melbourne Test against Sri Lanka in December 2012.

"They're aware of it, some more than others," Rixon said.

"Sometimes players can get wrapped up in their own day-to-day stuff but that Tied Test -- and the Tied Test in Brisbane in 1960-61 against West Indies -- they are two of the great Tests and most famous Tests in the game."

 

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