Australia five-match ODI series to kick-start today

Australia five-match ODI series to kick-start today

As per estimation, the 1st ODI match between IND v AUS will be live from 1.30 PM at IST and 8.00PM at GMT. Besides Adam Zampa, Smith has the chance of playing with three more spin options in the side in Ashton Agar, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell - each of who spent considerable amount of time bowling in the nets on Saturday.

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma believes the policy of rotating personnel has been introduced to ensure that players remain "more than 100% fit" during the course of a cramped calendar. Virat Kohli and Co have been nothing but phenomenal in demolishing a below-par Sri Lankan side.

Kohli has the tough job of choosing between KL Rahul and Manish Pandey for the number four spot as both Karnataka batsmen have proved their worth in the past. "Once he gets his job done, he'll start winning us games", Kohli backed Rahul to the hilt.

With the Sri Lanka series, Team India took one step towards their plan of rotation and experimentation to create a batting-order line up so versatile that batsman can produce as in when required from any position. Along with the left-arm fast bowler, who is recuperating from a minor injury, his colleagues Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson are also nursing sore muscles back home leaving Pat Cummins to shoulder the extra burden in India.

"It is a great advantage to have them in the squad", Kohli said. "I know somewhere down the line it's going to change and I've just got to be working really hard to make sure it doesn't happen (too often)". "There'll always be competition for a particular spot". Ergo, a tussle between the two and who would Kohli pick, would unviel at Chidambaram.

Yadav made his test debut against Australia in Dharamsala and took 4-91.

One of the strategies the Indian team management has employed since the Champions Trophy final debacle is to include wrist spinners in the playing XI.

Clarke further added that Smith is surely a wonderful player and he and David Warner will have to strong up front if Australia are to win the series. India will therefore have to choose between him and Yuzvendra Chahal for the second spinner's slot.

But Kuldeep will always hold the upper edge in the battle between the two and Australians know that how risky he can be.

"He is a guy Sri (team consultant Sridharan Sriram) has organised to come down and bowl".

Geoff Marsh of Australia cricket team in action during the World Cup Group A match against Indian cricket team at MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 9, 1987. Australia lost but I think they should certainly take a lot of confidence out of the way they played in the Indian conditions.

"Sometimes they are good but they don't get the opportunity". He is someone who you have to watch a little bit closely.

"Hopefully, we can keep him quiet as much as possible in this series".



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