Australia is set to tour India for a 3-match ODI series as part of their preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup. The series opener will take place in Mohali, followed by matches in Indore and Rajkot. KL Rahul will lead the Indian team, while Pat Cummins will captain the Australian side. These two cricketing giants have a history of 146 ODIs against each other.
India has emerged victorious in 54 encounters, while Australia has secured 82 wins. Fans can expect an exciting contest between these teams. The Mohali pitch is known for its batting-friendly nature, favoring the batsmen. It offers limited assistance to the pacers early on, placing the onus on spinners to work hard for wickets.
This series serves as a crucial preparation phase for both teams ahead of the ODI World Cup, providing them with the opportunity to fine-tune their strategies and assess player form and readiness. Cricket enthusiasts can look forward to an intriguing battle between India and Australia in the upcoming ODIs.
In the absence of Axar Patel and with Kuldeep Yadav being rested, Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to step in as the spin option. Ishan Kishan, a middle-order spin-hitter, is also considered a backup opener and may partner with Shubman Gill at the top. The pace department will feature Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami, with the expectation that the first two will be part of the Mohali game.
Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c, wk), Tilak Varma/Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Marnus Labuschagne has made a comeback into the Australian squad after initially being left out for the World Cup. Glenn Maxwell, who missed the ODI series against South Africa due to an ankle injury, will be rested in the Mohali match to ensure a managed preparation leading up to the World Cup. Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, has confirmed that Mitchell Starc won’t be part of the first ODI. The team management will closely monitor Adam Zampa’s performance, as he has been inconsistent in India in the past.
Probable XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Fantasy XI Suggestion 1:
Lokesh Rahul, Ishan Kishan, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (vc), Shubman Gill (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj
Fantasy XI Suggestion 2:
Lokesh Rahul, Ishan Kishan, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (c), Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj (vc)