Australia's bowling attack will focus on swing in the orange dust of Chennai in the first Test starting on Friday, while for India the spin is the thing.
While some would say it's a gamble by Australia, the tourists are doing their best to take the chance element out of it with detailed planning on how to get the ball in exactly the right condition.
There's an old saying that many hands make light work, but Australia are taking the opposite approach.
India can be expected to include two or three frontline spinners, while Australia have named Nathan Lyon as their only specialist slow bowler.
"I don't think it is (a gamble)," Clarke told reporters on Thursday.
"I think we've got a really good attack. We've got three specialist fast bowlers.
We've got a couple of part time (spinners) in David Warner and myself.
"India's team will be a lot different to ours.
"But I think we have gone with our strengths and we're backing that when the wicket does deteriorate here not only will it spin more it will go up and down more and we think reverse swing will play a part as well."
Clarke says Chennai's high humidity will make it crucial for players to be disciplined in how they handle the ball on its journey from wicketkeeper back to bowler.
"Generally here because you sweat so much the guys that aren't bowling need to take control of the ball," Clarke said.
"So whether that is me or 'Watto' (Shane Watson) in slip, we have to look after it for the bowlers and keep it out of their hands as much as possible.
"If the ball is reverse swinging, if you get the shiny side wet it stops the swing. So that is something we will talk about.
"A lot of the time in the subcontinent the keeper catches the ball and gives it to one of the slip fielders and instead of throwing the ball around the field, it will generally go straight from slip to mid-on and they will hand it to the bowler.
"The less hands on the ball the better."