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Unsettled Australia v settled India at start of World Cup year

 

Big Picture

Five days after the end of the Test series, where India celebrated their historic victory, the attention now shifts to the main one-day event of the year: Mission World Cup.

 

These are two teams in vastly different positions at the start of the final run-in to the tournament in England. Australia, the defending champions, have won three of their last 24 games since the end of January 2017 and have a multitude of questions over their team. India, one of the favourites, are very close to knowing the players they'll take.

The contrast was stark in the build-up days with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli saying it's unlikely they'll be many changes from the squad on show in Australia - save for the rested Jasprit Bumrah to return and some competition for the reserve pace-bowling slots - while Australia captain Aaron Finch confirmed another much-changed XI with new players in new positions and incumbent players taking new roles.

Just matching up the top three of both teams doesn't feel like a contest: Finch, Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja against Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli. If India's top trio fire, as they did consistently last season, they will be very hard to stop for a new-look Australia bowling attack.

 

While India can think of the World Cup from a position of strength, Australia are desperate for short-term success as well. They have yet to win a series in any format since the ball-tampering scandal. It would certainly go against the form guide if they ended that run here.

 

Form guide
(last five completed matches)

Australia LWLLL
India WWLTW

 

In the spotlight
Glenn Maxwell has prompted significant debate in the last few days with his continued Test omission and now he finds himself at No. 7 in the one-day side, tasked with bringing power to the latter stages of an innings. He appeared somewhat frustrated in that role against South Africa in Hobart earlier this season and it is unlikely to provide much chance to build an innings although Finch offered the prospect of him moving up the order in certain situations.

 

Does MS Dhoni have a final hurrah in him at the World Cup? A great player, he has looked a shadow of his former self in recent times and hasn't passed fifty in 14 ODI innings. That is partly due to batting behind a mighty top order, but even when given the chance to dictate a passage of play he hasn't seemed to have the touch of old. One thing in his favour, however, is that his glovework remains sharp and he continues to produce some terrific work against the spinners.

 

Team news
All change, please. Australia have mixed things up in their one-day side again in the search for answers. Carey will open with Finch, with the recalled Khawaja and Peter Handscomb either side of Shaun Marsh. Peter Siddle will play his first ODI in more than eight years while Adam Zampa misses out. Mitchell Marsh was ruled out yesterday due to illness.

 

Australia 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Alex Carey, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Shaun Marsh, 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Jhye Richardson, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Jason Behrendorff

 

A lot for India revolves around what happens to Hardik Pandya following his controversial comments on an Indian TV show. In an ideal world he provides the balance that allows three seamers and two spinners, but if he isn't there then Ravindra Jadeja is the all-round option while another

seamer plays.

 

India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (WK), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya/Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10, Yuzvendra Chahal/Khaleel Ahmed, 11 Mohammed Shami

 

Pitch and conditions
After the damp end to the Test match and more rain in recent days, the good news is that the forecast for a warm, sunny Saturday in Sydney. The SCG pitch has been flat this season which should bode well for a high-scoring contest although there appeared a decent covering of grass left on the surface.

 

Stats and Trivia
The teams have played 16 ODIs at the SCG with Australia winning 13 and India two. India won the most recent encounter in 2016, chasing down 331 with two balls. Australia had centuries from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh while India were steered home by Manish Panday's 104 off 81 balls

 

Dhawan needs 65 runs for 5000 in ODIs; Jadeja needs 18 for 2000 runs; Bhuvneshwar needs one wicket for 100

 

Carey, who will open in ODIs for the first time, has a strike-rate opening the batting in List A cricket is 75.55 from 19 innings

 

Quotes
"While it would have been great to have a settled side for the last 18 months there's still enough time to get it right and make sure come that World Cup that we are ready to go with a really balanced and settled side."


Aaron Finch on getting the team right

"We've been wanting to figure out who apart from Bhuvi and Bumrah are the two or three guys we can bank on. And these games will provide an opportunity for those guys to firstly present their case strongly and secondly gain confidence from playing these games."

 

Virat Kohli on the battle for seam-bowling spot


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Febuary 24 or so more t20i (2) & ODI (5) in india (india vs Australia) will be more fun besides 3 matches above in Australia.

 

so over all, 10 limited vs Aus & 8 vs NZ {above} india should win WC 2019 with so much practices  in so littel time Frame

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11 member team 

Finch

khawaja

Shaun M

Handscomb

Maxwell

Stoinis

Carey {w-k}

Siddle

Lyon

Behrendorff

J.Richardson

 

Indian team 

Rohit

Dhawan

Rayudu

Kohli

D.Kartik { batsman}

Jadhav

MSD {k}

Kumar b/ 

Kuldeep

Siraj or Khalil

Shami 

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12 th men

Jadeja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Zero_Unit said:

This has to be one of the ugliest jersey of all time. Of all *ing time! Which guy gave the green signal for this ugly arse jersey for Australia?

i was thinking the same

 

its supposed to be a flashback to the 80s but still.

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6 hours ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

Likely 11 - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rayudu, Jadhav, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Kuldeep, Khaleel, Siraj

 

Don't see Pandya or Rahul getting picked in the present circumstances.

apart from top 3 its a poor team...

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1 hour ago, Zero_Unit said:

This has to be one of the ugliest jersey of all time. Of all *ing time! Which guy gave the green signal for this ugly arse jersey for Australia?

1986 aus won two final vs india but 

yellow jersey will not help them win if they not perform in 2019

 

Their coach wants 350 tomorrow

i should not Laugh but i will 

B->

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35 minutes ago, SRT100 said:

His wife probably told him to do it.

i am Glad because rahul is his favorite.

 

i witnessed rahul/kohli and Anushqa walking from Mumbai airport to their cars, Rahul holding Anushqa's all belongings ( Rahul seems to me their ડોગ )

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17 hours ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

Likely 11 - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rayudu, Jadhav, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Kuldeep, Khaleel, Siraj

 

Don't see Pandya or Rahul getting picked in the present circumstances.

yes, I think this is what we will see. as always, everything depends on our top 3. no.5 to 7 are terrible to varying degrees.

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1 minute ago, Starpower said:

why you need 2 spinner in ODI away from india ( other than asia)

Anyway Hardik not here so we may mix with Krunal who in good batting form

 

 

 

 

krunal pandya is not in the squad. the reason many people have put jaddu is that he's the only allrounder left in the absence of hardik. the other option is to go with 5 bowlers, but our middle order is weak & unstable, and having a long tail will be problematic.

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1 hour ago, Vijy said:

krunal pandya is not in the squad. the reason many people have put jaddu is that he's the only allrounder left in the absence of hardik. the other option is to go with 5 bowlers, but our middle order is weak & unstable, and having a long tail will be problematic.

yes, they might end up including Krunal in the squad for the 2nd and 3rd ODIs though.. He is part of the T20 squad.. they might name him as replacement for Hardik for ODIs.

And for Rahul replacement,  it might be Pant...

 

Doesn't seem like they will venture into picking Shaw, Gill or Vijay Shankar .

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toss in 7 minutes at 7.20 am 

 

Cricket and Bollywood have always had a symbiotic relationship in India. But in perhaps a first, going on a popular Bollywood-themed TV show is likely to have cost at least one of India's main men for the 50-over format................PG


Did you know:

- Rohit Sharma has scored hundreds in each of his last nine ODI series, starting from Champions Trophy 2017.

 

- Australia won just two out of their 13 ODIs in 2018 - a win percentage of 15.38, the fewest for them in a calendar year when they played at least five ODIs.

 

- Peter Siddle will play his first ODI since 2010. The 169 ODIs he missed is the most by any Australian player between two ODI appearances.

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