While the build up to the India-Australia series has been relatively polite, the history between the two teams proves that the clash will be anything but an friendly affair.
While the usual suspects have missed out on making it to the tour, it will be a interesting to see how pressure affects the members of both teams.
Here's a look at the factors most capable of defying the term 'A Gentlemen's game'.
Included to crack the code or to intimidate India; the visitors have enough history with the controversial former coach to not enjoy the presence of Greg Chappell in the Australian camp. While the string of comments dried out after their initial flurry, it seems like the calm is just awaiting possibly the biggest storm.
He didn't make any friends in Australia when he toured here as England's coach. The center of controversy was his decision to use substitute fielders in the 2005 series to increase the intensity on the field. While some see him as a possible motivation for Ricky Ponting, others term him as the antagonist in the series; all pointing towards an absorbing situation Down Under.
His climb to the top of the Australian selection list has been as imminent as his temper on the field. Often flawless with the bat and ball, Watson tends to get carried away in the heat of the moment; enough to spark temperatures Down Under. Is battling an injury currently.
Gautam Gambhir has been known to be quite hot-headed, deceiving his innocent looks to have some fierce duels on the field. His spats with Shane Watson and Shahid Afridi in the past prove that the the left-handed opener is much capable of going past his boiling point Down Under.
DRS vs Umpires
Technology almost became a part of the sport until the BCCI raised questions on the inconsistency in the system. For Australia though, DRS has been a feature in their few recent series and also played a crucial role against New Zealand. Something as little as an inside edge gone unnoticed may just be enough to spark a never-ending debate.
With captaincy gone and his strength questioned, Ricky Ponting's only chance for redemption is the India-Australia series. Will Punter keep clean to focus on his game or step in to the firing line, only time will tell.
He is fast, he is aggressive and he is on a comeback mission; Zaheer Khan's inclusion in the lineup is almost inevitable. His spat with Ricky Ponting in 2010 was an example of how the left armer can turn on the belligerence Down Under.
The India-England series proved to the world that the men describing the game have enough firepower in their arsenal to take the game outside the field. In a commentary box where some of the greatest names would be seated, it would be tough to keep the rivalry away in such an intense series.
Almost undisputed for the No. 6 spot in the Indian team, Virat Kohli can be assured of getting the most absorbing experience of Test cricket in his life. The Delhi born batsman's tendency to respond to some ugly conversations may just prove to be a crucial element in the series
Only 7 Tests old, Nathan Lyon has been tipped to entangle Sachin Tendulkar in his spin web and Australians know that it may take more than just the right line and length to get the better of the Master Blaster.
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