Michael Clarke nominates Joe Root to bat at three, Gary Ballance to make his debut in place of Jonathan Trott and Tim Bresnan to replace Chris Tremlett
Clarke annoyed England before the first Ashes Test when he confidently named the team they would pick at the Gabba.
He knew that comment had perhaps broken an unwritten code between two international captains and was at first reluctant to upset England when initially asked to predict their team in Adelaide.
But he relaxed and quickly nominated Joe Root to bat at three, Gary Ballance to make his debut in place of Jonathan Trott and Tim Bresnan to replace Chris Tremlett. But he did add he would "not be surprised" if England picked two spinners and selected Monty Panesar.
"I think they'll go safety, Bresnan and Ballance," said Clarke. "Joe Root at three, Ballance at six and Bresnan wherever he bats, eight or nine."
Clarke confirmed his own team will be the same as the one that played at the Gabba, the first time Australia have selected an unchanged line up since the Adelaide Test a year ago against South Africa. Clarke also confirmed his ankle is "fine" and he will be fit to play after missing training on Tuesday.
There was not a flicker of a smile on Alastair Cook's face when he was told Clarke had named his team again and the England captain refused to confirm his XI, a tactic that has characterised the Andy Flower regime.
Flower and his two bowling coaches, David Saker and Mushtaq Ahmed, spent a long period today studying the Adelaide Oval drop in pitch which looks very dry, a fact which could persuade England to pair Panesar and Graeme Swann again.
But Panesar was a bit part player in the training session having spent the previous day hinting he would be involved by chatting to Mushtaq on the pitch, with the pair appearing to point out fielding positions.
If England selected two spinners it would offer a sharp contrast to Australia who are intent on blasting England out.
For Cook this Test has arrived at the right time. The pitch will not have the bounce of the Gabba and overhead conditions, damp and cool for the first few hours of day one, will be reminiscent of home.
"I think it's going to be tough cricket; I think it's going to be brilliant cricket over the next five days," said Cook. "We have to come back and prove we're a good side after the loss in Brisbane and obviously Australia want to keep us down, so I think it's going to be a great Test match."
Cook spoke to the match referee, Jeff Crowe, on Tuesday about behaviour on the field and Clarke confirmed he had the same chat when he was fined 20 per cent of his match fee at the Gabba.
"Maybe last week we let emotion get ahead our ourselves a little bit on some occasions and it became a little bit ugly. Michael and I have responsibility as captains to make sure that doesn't happen," said Cook.
Cook spoke about the departure of Jonathan Trott for the first time since he left the tour after the Gabba Test and believes his stress-related illness has put cricket in perspective for an England team under intense pressure to level the series this week.
"There's a lot of tough moments. I've been lucky that I've at certain times found a score which has relieved the pressure of me on my place," said Cook, a comment which confirms the disintegration of Trott's form played a part in his breakdown.
"It is important to have a sense of reality. Seeing what Trotty has gone through has given people a bit of that. You realise that it was a tough defeat in Brisbane but someone else is having it a lot worse than we were having it."
Cook stated he thinks Trott could one day play Test cricket again.
"It's horrible seeing what he's gone through on the last couple of weeks on this tour. It's important that we give him a little bit of time and space away from the pressure of playing international cricket. We'd love to have him back but he's got to make sure he's ready and let's not put any time pressure on him."
England (from): AN Cook (Captain), MA Carberry, JE Root, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, GS Ballance, MJ Prior (wkt), TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, MS Panesar
Australia (from): MJ Clarke (Captain), CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SR Watson, SPD Smith, GJ Bailey, BJ Haddin (wkt), MG Johnson, PM Siddle, RJ Harris, NM Lyon, JP Faulkner
Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) and K Dharmasena (SA)
Third umpire: T Hill (NZ)
Match referee: J Crowe (NZ)