As the ICC World Cup is getting closer both the teams will be looking for the best bowling and batting combinations to rely upon on and this series could also be the last option for experimenting the different combinations.
Team India have lost both the T20I matches against Australia and will look to bounce back in the 5-match ODI series by winning the first game taking place on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The priority of both teams will be winning the series first but deep down the strategy will be to indulge in fine-tuning ahead of ICC World Cup taking place at England and Wales this summer.
India and Australia had played two matches against each other in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and surprisingly both the games had been won by Australia.
The Indian side will be considering Mohammed Shami back in the squad to join the fast bowling action led by Jasprit Bumrah. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal’s tuning have been magnificent through the past and will be taking charges of the spin bowling attack.
Rishabh Pant has the last chance to prove his worth before the World Cup as he eventually failed to score good numbers in both the T20Is against Australia. Ambati Rayudu makes his way back to the Indian squad and could replace skipper Virat Kohli at number 3 batsmen.
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For Australia, Pat Cummins will lead the pace bowling and will be joined by Nathan Coulter-Nile. Adam Zampa has been named in the 15-man squad for Australia.
INDIA: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile