If Johnson called time on his international career late last year, Starc suffered a stress fracture on his ankle during the day-night Adelaide Test against New Zealand.
Rahane, though, still believed that Australia have wicket-takers like James Pattinson to trouble the Indian batsmen in their upcoming tour.
"It's a challenge always to play against Australia. Yes, they will miss Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, but they have got other bowlers like (James) Pattinson. We are going to
focus first on ODIs and then think about T20 series. By then we would have got used to the conditions. I am confident we will do well on tour," Rahane said in a media interaction here.
"They (Johsnson and Starc) have been top performers for Australia. Australia will definitely miss them. But they have Pattinson and other good bowlers. As a batting unit we have to play on the merit of the ball," he added. India will play Australia in five ODIs and three T20s starting January 12 and Rahane is focused on his game.

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