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Australia vs India 2020 – ODI Series Preview

Australia vs India 2020 – ODI Series Preview

The first month of the New Year promises to be a busy one for the Blue Army as India set to welcome the Aussies for 3 match ODI series. Since the World Cup 2019, India has played a total of seven limited-overs series, securing victories in six of them, while one being shared with South Africa. On the other hand, this will be Australia’s first limited-overs series since the CWC 2019. Australia vs India 2020 – The three-match series is scheduled to start on Tuesday, 14th January 2020.

Schedule:

1st ODI: 14th January 2020 (Tuesday)

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 

Time: 01:30 PM (IST) & 07:00 PM (Australia)

2nd ODI: 17th January 2020 (Friday)

Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

Time: 01:30 PM (IST) & 07:00 PM (Australia)

3rd ODI: 19th January 2020 (Sunday)

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Time: 01:30 PM (IST) & 07:00 PM (Australia)

India’s recent form:

Following series victories against Bangladesh and West Indies in the latter part of last year, the Men in Blue started their 2020 campaign in grand fashion. SriLanka faced defeat at the hands of the Indians in the 3 match T20I series where the Blue Army clinched the series 2-0 with the first match being washed out due to rain. With such strong form behind them and with this being Aussies’ first ODI series after the World Cup 2019, India will be hopeful of defeating the Kangaroos and will be eager to move to the number 1 spot in the ODI rankings.

Australia’s recent form:

This will be Australia’s first ODI match/series played since their exit at the hands of England in the World Cup 2019 semi-finals. However, they cannot be taken lightly as they possess powerful personnel compiled with strong form. Despite not having played a single ODI, they have been involved in a Test match and T20I series. Following a 3-0 rout over Sri Lanka in the T20 Series, and a 2-0 commanding win over Pakistan in the T20I and Test series, Australia steamrolled the Kiwis with an impressive 3-0 whitewash in the 3 match Test series.

Indian Squad:

India enters this series still with the unavailability of their first choice frontline bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, Shardul Thakur in recent matches has proved to a very viable option and could continue to deputize successfully for the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Hardik Pandya also remains out due to his injury. The big boost for the Indian team is the return of Rohit Sharma at the top of the innings. The Mumbai batsman had an incredible 2019 in terms of ODI matches and has an even better record against the Aussies, scoring with an average of over 62. It will be intriguing to see who starts alongside Rohit as both Dhawan and KL Rahul are in the squad. Ravindra Jadeja will fill in Hardik Pandya’s role with both the bat and the ball at number 6/7. Amazingly, he also possesses a good record against Australia, having taken 23 wickets in 30 ODIs. Thakur, Shami, Bumrah and the Man of the Series against the Sri Lankans, Navdeep Saini are the four pacers included with Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal handling the spin department.

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), K. L. Rahul, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav

Australian Squad:

Aaron Finch will be happy to see a strong, attacking and an experienced squad to face the Men in Blue. The return of Steve Smith and David Warner from their one year ban has been a big boost to the Australian team, as it was evident in the World Cup 2019. Another interesting point about the squad selection is the inclusion of Marnus Labuschagne, set to make his ODI debut. It will be intriguing to see who starts at number 3 for Australia, himself or Steven Smith. Starc, Cummins and Richardson look set to lead Australia’s bowling attack. However, despite impressive performances recently, Nathan Lyon has been left out of the squad with Adam Zampa chosen as their first-choice spinner.

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc, wk), Pat Cummins (vc), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa

India Predicted 11?

Although KL Rahul has been very impressive as an opener in the previous few series, he might have to slot a bit lower down the order or drop out completely with the return of India’s first-choice opening pair, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. With Jadeja set to be India’s all-rounder option and a second spinner option, there’s a place only for one of Chahal or Kuldeep. The latter might get the nod due to his recent good performances. Despite winning the Man of the Series award against SriLanka in the T20 series, he might have to warm the bench with Shardul, Shami and Bumrah set to be India’s first-choice attack. All of them could be our crucial fantasy cricket team picks.

Predicted Lineup: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia Predicted 11?

Similar to India, Australia look set to have an attacking starting eleven with Aaron Finch and David Warner opening the innings. However, with Australia’s trump card, Marnus Labuschagne, who has been very impressive for the Aussies at number 3, might come at number 3 for the Aussies in this series at the expense of Steve Smith at number 4. Starc, Cummins and Richardson look set to lead the bowling attack with Zampa the first-choice spinner. Similar to Jadeja in the Indian team, Ashton Agar looks set to play as the bowling all-rounder for Australia.

Predicted Lineup: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

Last meeting between the two sides:

The previous meeting both sides was in a 5 match ODI series in March last year, 2019. Despite winning the first two matches and leading the series 2-0, the Aussies came back strongly to win the remaining three matches to clinch the series 3-2. Can the Aussies repeat the feat this time around? It will surely be intriguing to watch.

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