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India v Australia ODIs: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Series Predictions

India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Aaron Finch
India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Aaron Finch
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All you need to know about Australia's ODI tour of India 2020, being played with little context. The growing rivalry between the two teams, perhaps, will be the major reason to keep this short three-match affair exciting.


Quite interestingly, the last time Australia played an ODI series against India in India, they came from behind after being 0-2 down to bag the series 3-2. That will certainly play on the minds of both teams, even more so as the teams have similar personnel from the last series.

Australia would be relieved with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner both of whom proved their worth in the ODI World Cup and have since been going strong in the T20I series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well.

The two teams have played a total of 142 ODI matches against each , other out of which India have won 50 and Australia have won 77. Talking in terms of series, in 57 series, India have won 14 while Australia have won 26.

The last time that the two teams met in this format was in the World Cup where India came out trumps.

Shedding light on Australia's ODI series victory the last time, Aaron Finch who was the skipper in that series as well, said that it boosts their confidence.

"It just gives us confidence that our game plan in those conditions is good enough," Finch told the media before the team's departure to India. "What can happen when you play in the sub-continent is you start to doubt your game plan because they're so dominant when they get on top.

"Knowing that our game plan is good enough and knowing that our skills are good enough to beat India in India. That gives us a lot of confidence going there."

Another interesting point about the series is the inclusion of Marnus Labuschagne in the Australian side, who is set to make his ODI debut. Labuschagne will bat at number 4, with Steve Smith being promoted to number 3.

A lot will be different for the run-machine; the clothes will be coloured, not white, the ball will be white, not red, the format will be 50 overs, not Test matches. Still, the way in which he has been batting and the performances he put up in the domestic Marsh one-day Cup, India will certainly not discount him.

Like most of the ODI series played during this time, this series will lack context as well. Yes, there is the growing rivalry between the two teams of late and that will possibly be the major reason to keep this short three-match affair interesting.

 

Series Predictions

 Winner -  India (2-1)

Top Run Scorer -   Virat Kohli (India), David Warner (Australia)

Top Wicket Taker -  Jasprit Bumrah (India), Mitchell Starc (Australia)

Most Sixes - Rohit Sharma (India), David Warner (Australia)

 

Here are the squads of both teams:

India Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Rishabh Pant (WK), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav

Australia Squad: 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

 

Here's the complete schedule of the series:

 

Australia tour of India 2020 3 ODIs Jan 14-Jan 19

Jan 14 India v Australia, 1st ODI Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:30 AM GMT (1:30 PM IST)

Jan 17, India vs Australia, 2nd ODI Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 8:30 AM GMT (1:30 PM IST)

Jan 19 India vs Australia, 3rd ODI M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 8:30 AM GMT (1:30 PM IST)


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