The teams meet in the first of four Tests at Adelaide from Thursday in the wake of a scathing review into the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which criticised Australian cricketers for "playing the mongrel" against opponents.
"I will see this as a significant chance and they would have prepared for this tour for a long time, I think it's going to be a really close series", Waugh, who bowed out from Test cricket in 2004 after the final Test against the touring Indian team, told in a chat with private sports channel.
Ahead of his first Test on home soil in Adelaide, Travis Head expects Australia to walk taller in the field against India for the presence of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. "He is very confident now and whatever adjustments he has to make he has already done it".
As for the recent innovation of day-night Tests, the former Pakistan batsman added: "In Southeast Asia we've got the right weather for day-night cricket but don't reduce it (Test cricket)".
"I am going to pick Australia, but don't ask me why I am picking them". "They got the ball to move around".
"It's always about batting as a unit".
"He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest", Board of Control for Cricket in India bigwig Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
"In the last few years, we have produced some quality fast bowlers and even when it comes to bench strength, even if a couple of our fast bowlers are injured, they will have some back-up".
"Being the No. 1 Test team, we always look to win each and every series and this is no different", he said.
"Playing Australia in Australia is very tough but having said that this is India's best chance to win, especially because (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner are missing", he said. We would like to perform well and start off well. We definitely want to win the series, but one Test match at a time.
"It doesn't mean we'll be the nicest team in the world to play against by any stretch of the imagination".
"I can not comment on what Australia will do".
"He's a young boy who has come to play in Australia for the first time, had a dream start to his Test career, so it's hit him pretty hard".
"But one thing we are sure about is playing competitive cricket".
Paine hopes the series-opener against India will return a focus to on-field performances rather than the widespread ructions.