Stability key in Australia's India bid

Usman Khawaja believes Australia's call to move away from a 'horses-for-courses' approach with the bat will give them their best chance to win in India for the first time since 2004.

Selectors will on Wednesday confirm the Australia squad for next month's four-Test series, with up to four spinners expected to be picked in a group designed to cover all bases.

But the most pleasing aspect is likely to be the stability.

Australia's top five batsmen that played in each Test this summer are expected to start the series, a settled order the team have not enjoyed on their last two tours of India.

Cameron Green is locked in to bat at No.6 once he returns from a finger injury, with the only real conjecture centring around the structure of the bowling attack.

"The stability of this team is a big one," Khawaja said.

"Every time I've gone to the subcontinent I've felt like there's been a lot of chopping and changing, (we) talked about horses-for-courses back in the day.

"It's very hard to win cricket games when that's happening.

"The stability there has been for this team, at least the last year-and-a-half, will put us in good stead.

"Every single player, particularly the batting, has played in the subcontinent numerous times and you take a lot from those experiences."

Khawaja has never played a Test in India, despite being part of squads in 2013 and 2017.

He was a victim of the horses-for-courses approach in 2017, dropped after scoring runs in the home summer leading into the tour.

Travis Head had loomed as the man most likely to fall victim, after tough trips to Pakistan and Sri Lanka last year.

But his 525 runs at an average of 87.5 and strike-rate of 95.1 this home summer will likely save him.

"(Stability) makes a big difference. I've been calling for it for a long time," Khawaja said.

"Test cricket is hard enough, it's even harder when it feels like you only have three games to prove yourself."

Ashton Agar and Todd Murphy are likely to be the two finger-spinners joining Nathan Lyon, with legspinners Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson options to join them.

Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland and captain Pat Cummins are all set to tour as quicks, with Starc to miss at least the first Test with a finger injury.

Australia have said they will keep an open mind on the composition of their bowling attack, willing to go with up to three spinners or stick with three quicks depending on conditions.

"You can't go in with too many preconceived ideas, You have to play what is in front of you," vice-captain Steve Smith said.

"The batters are probably pretty settled, which is good. There have been contributions from everyone for the last 12 months."