Touring Australia is not an easy job. The visiting teams find the on-field contest challenging but the mind games start before the first ball is bowled.

As India gears up for a long series, which begins on Friday with the first ODI in Sydney against the mighty Aussies, it has plenty to ponder.

It will be the first international assignment for the team since March, and there are doubts regarding the availability of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma for the Tests in December. Both the cricketers are still undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after picking up injuries during the Indian Premier League. And the absence of Virat Kohli, who will be on paternity leave after the first Test, will provide an edge to the Aussies.

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