Ravi Shastri announces no more chopping and changing in the ODI squad
By Sandy - Nov 15, 2018 11:23 pm
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Before leaving for the Australia tour, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri announced no more chopping and changing in the ODI squad as the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in just six months away.

Ravi Shastri

England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July next year. Prior to the World Cup, India has to play 16 ODIs according to the FTP (Future Tour Programme) schedule. While recently the Indian team management has tested with various cricketers and provided some crucial rest to the important cricketers, Indian head coach has now claimed that they will now go with best fifteen players to settle the team before the World Cup.

Indian cricket team

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Ahead of the Australia tour, Shastri said, “We will try to play our fifteen players who are going to play in the World Cup. The time for chopping and changing is up. The grace period is over now. There aren’t too many injuries (to the players who are most likely to be picked in the World Cup squad). There aren’t many games left before the World Cup. We have series against Australia and New Zealand and we will look to play our best team.”

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In the upcoming Australia tour that will begin from November 21, India will play the three-match T20I series, followed by four-match Test series and three-match ODI series.

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India lost the last away Test series by the 4-1 margin, which was in England in this August-September. However, Shastri has been impressed with the team’s performances in that tour and expects better performances in the upcoming Australia tour.

India lost the last away Test series in England by the 4-1 margin

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Shastri said, “I see a lot of progress across all formats and I say that inspite of the (series) scoreline in England. When you look at actual performances in conditions that are foreign to us, we are more than happy.

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“It is a learning process. If we learn from the mistakes that we made in South Africa and England, it will hold us in good stead in Australia. Test cricket obviously is different, it is the last series that we play before the World Cup. So the focus will be entirely on the series.