Come tomorrow, India 'A' under its new coach Dravid would embark on a new mission to create a wider pool of cricketers for the country. Tours of 'A' teams gained emphasis under the Anil Kumble-led current Technical Committee of the Cricket Board as these matches will help in spotting the next generation of players for the national senior team.

Just after taking charge of the 'A' team, Dravid has laid emphasis on the bowlers' ability to take 20 wickets and batsmen intent to stay longer period of time at the wicket. India 'A' will be lead by top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who will be eager to return among runs and earn his place back in the senior Test side.

Pujara, who fell out of favour after struggling in England and Australia and was dropped from the recent Bangladesh squad, is keen for big scores.

The Saurashtra run-machine, who had earlier led the 'A' teams against South Africa (away) and against the West Indies in 2013, would be desperately looking forward to the series to prove his detractors wrong. The four-day matches Australia 'A' would also give Pujara an opportunity to showcase his captaincy skills.

The Indian team has mixture of experienced and and young players, who would be looking forward to make a mark for themselves on home conditions.

Apart from Pujara, the unofficial Test series would be an ideal platform for the likes of K L Rahul, Abhinav Mukund and spinners Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha to prove their worth, while new ball bowlers Varun Aaroon and Umesh Yadav would be hoping to cement their places in the senior side after having struggled in the recent tours.

To India's advantage, the home team players have played more number of competitive matches in the domestic scene compared to the Aussies. Going by the team strengths, India has a balanced side. While the top-order looks solid, India's pace attack has variety in the form of Aaroon, Yadav and Abhimanyu Mithun. The spin department will be spearheaded by leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the company of left-arm spinner Ojha.

On the batting front, Rahul, in particular would be itching to make runs against a formidable Australian bowling attack, especially after having missed the Bangladesh tour due to illness. Besides there players like Mukund, Vijay Shankar and Baba Aparajith who have shown their potential with the bat in domestic matches and would like to translate that at the international stage.

Shankar, in fact, is the only all-rounder in the team and would be keenly observed by the selectors after he made a mark for himself in the domestic season. Local lad Shankar, a new ball bowler, is familiar with the conditions at Chepauk and is also capable of bowling long spells.

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