Australia are determined to keep the sweat off the ball as they bank on a reverse-swing strategy to win the first Test against India, starting Friday in hot and humid Chennai.

Australia have only one frontline spinner -- Nathan Lyon -- plus pacemen Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson and seam-bowling allrounder Moises Henriques.

India selectors are yet to announce a team but are expected to include three frontline spinners in a marked contrast to the tourists' strategy.

"I don't think it is (a gamble)," Australia captain Michael Clarke says.

"I think we've got a really good attack. We've got three specialist fast bowlers.

We've got a couple of part time (spinners) in David Warner and myself.

"India's team will be a lot different to ours.

"But I think we have gone with our strengths and we're backing that when the wicket does deteriorate here not only will it spin more it will go up and down more and we think reverse swing will play a part as well."

Clarke says Chennai's high humidity will make it crucial for players to be disciplined in how they handle the ball on its journey from wicketkeeper back to bowler.

"Generally here because you sweat so much the guys that aren't bowling need to take control of the ball," Clarke said.

"So whether that is me or 'Watto' (Shane Watson) in slip, we have to look after it for the bowlers and keep it out of their hands as much as possible.

"If the ball is reverse swinging, if you get the shiny side wet it stops the swing. So that is something we will talk about."

India have recalled 99-game offspinner Harbhajan Singh for only his second Test in the past 12 months to take on his favourite opposition. Harbhajan has an amazing record of 90 wickets in 16 Tests against Australia.

"I said we can beat Australia four-nil and why not? If you don't believe in yourself, who will?," he said.

Harbhajan said previous Australia sides had been packed with superstars as Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne.

"This is a new team. They have hardly played in India," he said.

"(But) we know Australians come hard no matter what team they have got."

The game is due to start at 1500 AEDT.

 

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