INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
With a poor record in ODIs in recent years, Australia have a lot of work to do in order to overcome a strong Indian team © AFP
Toss and teams:
Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
Aaron Finch: “I think the middle overs we have to get it right, we have identified. We need to brush up there and improve. I think we need to keep wickets in the back end. Freshened up after playing BBL.”
Virat KohlI: “We would have batted first as well but some of the players are inclined towards chasing. It’s a brilliant wicket to play on, with shorter boundary on one side. It’s going to be an exciting chase as I am always inclined towards chasing. Anyways we have to bowl first now. We are always looking to improve. We need to strike when the big games arrive. When two quality players (Hardik and Rahul) are not featuring, it affects the balance of the side. Jadeja is back in the side, let’s see what he’s got to offer.”
Australia announced their eleven on Friday, with Peter Siddle set to play his first ODI in eight years. Meanwhile, India will wait until the toss to announce their playing eleven, which is moments away.
Bhuvi, Shami, Khaleel marking their run-ups. Three pacer-two spinner combination then, as expected. Jadeja-Kuldeep as well it seems. #AusvInd
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Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the first ODI between Australia and India at the SCG. While Australia will be hoping to relive their glory days, going retro might just inspire them to do that. But they have a lot of work to do in order to overcome a strong Indian team.
Australia have won only three out of their last 24 ODIs, with their last ODI series victory coming way back in January 2017. Meanwhile, India have ended up second best only twice – a loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy and a 1-2 series loss to England – out of 11 series/tournaments since 2017. Will Australia be their next on their list? Bharat Sundaresan previews the opening ODI.
However, India do have a couple of issues. One is the non-availability of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been suspended with immediate effect pending an inquiry following their controversial comments made recently in a talk-show. The other is the form of MS Dhoni, who is coming off his most underwhelming year of his career as an ODI batsman. With Jasprit Bumrah also rested, will India find the right combination?