Australia won the toss and put India into bat in the third cricket Test at the Western Australia Cricket Ground, India loses Sehwag and Dravid early.
The home side elected to go with a four-man pace attack, recalling left-armer Mitchell Starc at the expense of spinner Nathan Lyon, while Ryan Harris replaced the injured James Pattinson. India also opted for an all-pace attack, with spinner Ravi Ashwin, the second-highest runscorer for the tourists in the series, replaced by 27-year-old medium-pacer Vinay Kumar, making his Test debut.
Australia hold a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series after convincing wins in Melbourne and Sydney. India must win both remaining Tests to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar will again chase his elusive 100th international century, in just his third Test at the venue, where he scored a 114 on his first tour of Australia in 1992.
Tendulkar has been stranded on 99 Test and one-day international centuries since March when he scored 111 against South Africa in the World Cup. Friday's match got under way under clear skies and in warm conditions, but there was some rain forecast for the coming days as a cyclone edges down the WA coast.
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Ben Hilfenhaus.
India: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS. Laxman, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, R Vinay Kumar.