CHENNAI, India - Scoring 241 against an Indian Board XI doesn't sound like a good way to start a tour but Australia do have a few excuses up their sleeve.
Four of their top six batsmen likely to play in the first Test in Chennai from February 22 were missing from the team.
David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke can be expected to add starch to the lineup.
Having a tail starting at No.7 didn't help yesterday.
Still, there can be little doubt dusty tracks are on the horizon and even an uncapped offspinner like 23-year-old Parvez Rassol, who claimed 7-45, can make the tourists look awkward against the turning ball.
Skipper Clarke averaged 8.75 in his previous Test tour of India in 2010. However since then, the nimble-footed 31-year-old has averaged 61.00 in 25 matches including eight hundreds.
It's fair to say he's a better player than in 2010.
Hughes, Wade and openers Cowan and Warner haven't played a Test in India, but Wade showed plenty of fight with his innings of 35 at No.3.
The Australians have been encouraged by their coaching staff to find an attacking shot that works against the spinners and stick with it. Of course, that can often mean the sweep, but not necessarily.