A strong India team welcome the resurgent Australia outfit for a short ODI series.
India have had things their own way since the World Cup, but Australia are expected to put up a more significant fight.
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First ODI | Tuesday 14 January 2020 | Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai | 10:00
To Win Match
With no significant ODI events on the horizon, the series doesn’t have a lot riding on it bar India’s ample pride.
The disappointment of the Cricket World Cup semi-final defeat is still fresh in the minds of India’s supporters. India have announced their intent by naming a strong squad that includes all the big names.
Young seamer Navdeep Saini continues to impress as he seeks to establish himself in the international arena. He and Shardul Thakur support the usual suspects in the attack.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are the premier opening pair in ODI cricket at the moment although India could experiment further with Lokesh Rahul as another option.
Skipper Virat Kohli is closing in on 50 ODI hundreds with a staggering 43 tons already under his belt. The captain is India’s primary batting weapon.
Yuzvendra Chahal knows the Wankhede well but has found himself targeted by batsmen in the middle overs in the past and could find himself in the crosshairs again.
Australia arrives after a great start to the 2019/20 season at home, but the contests against India represent a significant step up in the quality of opposition.
Peter Handscomb has earned a recall for the first time since the Cricket World Cup on the strength of his ability on turning tracks.
David Warner is Australia’s key man, he has boatloads of experience in India and comes into the series on a hot streak. His partnership with Aaron Finch is almost as devastating as the axis of Sharma and Dhawan.
Aston Agar and Adam Zampa will be Australia’s lead spinners, but even in India, it would be a surprise if both made it into the match XI.
Verdict: India 67/100
India should have the edge.
Written by James Richardson for Hollywoodbets