Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been doing some extra homework on dealing with the threat posed by Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh ahead of the decisive fourth Test in Adelaide, which starts on Thursday.
Harbhajan was left out of India's 72-run third-Test victory at the pace-friendly WACA in Perth, a result that reduced the tourists' deficit to 2-1 and kept alive their hopes of claiming a share of the series.
But the off-spinner, who dismissed Australia's captain three times in the first two Tests, is expected to return to the starting XI in Adelaide.
"I've analysed things a little bit," said Ponting. "I'm not a huge analyst of things that have happened in the past but I'll sit down, well I have already this week with the likelihood of him coming back in, and just have a think about how I'm going to play him.
"I think a couple of times this series he got me out either first or second ball a couple of times so I haven't really had a chance to try and impose myself on him too much there."
Neither side are naming their starting XI prior to the toss, although Harbhajan appears almost certain to be recalled, possibly at Irfan Pathan's expense. That is likely to be India's only change despite skipper Anil Kumble raising the prospect of a five-man bowling attack.
"There are a few possibilities but we would like to take another look at the pitch," said Kumble.
"It (five bowlers) is an option and that is something we will definitely assess."
If India do go with five bowlers then Wasim Jaffer will be dropped. That scenario would mean Rahul Dravid moving up from his preferred position at number three to open, a role he struggled in during the first two Tests.
Adelaide is a ground with happy memories for India, they won by four wickets on their previous visit in December 2003, the centerpiece of which was Dravid's 233.
On that occasion Australia lost despite making 556 in their first innings, India replied with 523 and eventually won by chasing a target of 230 on the final day.
This time around the pitch is again expected to provide a superb batting surface - the best in Australia - and both captains will be keen to win the toss and bat with the intention of piling up a huge first-innings score.
To that end Australia are boosted by the return to fitness of opening batsman Matthew Hayden following a hamstring injury.
Hayden scored centuries during both of the first two Tests and was badly missed in Perth, where his replacement Chris Rogers failed twice on his debut.
Australia have named a 12-man squad - the only selection decision concerns whether to pick fast bowler Shaun Tait or left-arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg as the fourth member of their bowling attack.
Tait played as part of a four-man pace attack in Perth - the first time Australia had gone into a Test without a specialist spinner for 16 years.
And while Ponting refused to rule out Tait retaining his place on his home ground in Adelaide, Hogg is virtually certain to be recalled.
"We haven't finalised our team yet, we'll sleep on it and make the announcement at the toss tomorrow morning," said Ponting on Wednesday.
"We've got a few things we want to run through our heads about our make up and about that wicket.
"The wicket is normally pretty good to bat on here, it looks like it will be that way, but it's actually quite dry at the moment.
"We've just got to toss up in our head whether a spin option is the way to go or if we try and use pace with variable bounce later in the game."
On Tait, he added: "His style of bowling is obviously suited to these conditions.
"When you've got a wicket taker like that in the wings it gives you lots of options, but it makes your decision pretty difficult as well."
Australia (from): S Clark, M Clarke, A Gilchrist (wkt), M Hayden, B Hogg, M Hussey, P Jaques, M Johnson, B Lee, R Ponting (capt), A Symonds, S Tait
India (from): M Dhoni (wkt), R Dravid, S Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, A Kumble (capt), W Jaffer, D Karthik, Z Khan, VVS Laxman, Pankaj Singh, I Pathan, V Sehwag, I Sharma, RP Singh, S Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh