Sydney: The Indian cricket team will return to international cricket against a veteran like Australia in the new jersey and new atmosphere in the Corona era. Three ODIs, three T20s and a four-match Test series are to be played between India and Australia (IND VS AUS). Which will start with the ODI series. The first ODI will be played on 27 November at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Of course, India has won seven of the 12 matches played against Australia in the last 24 months, but for the Indian team, this tour will not be less than a rigorous test. In the first one-day cricket match, Team India will miss their ‘hitman’ Rohit Sharma. He also has less options in bowling due to lack of all-rounders. On the other hand, Australia has many options for all-rounders to choose from.
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When India last toured Australia in 2018-19, they won the three-match ODI series 2–1 against the domination of the Australian team at home.
On the other hand, if we talk about the matches played between these two teams in Australia, then the Kangaroos have always had a big edge. India has played 51 matches against Australia in Australia and India’s share has won only 13 of them. India has lost 36 matches on Australian soil.
Mayank Agarwal can be included in Rohit’s place in Indian team. Recently, while playing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, Mayank had played brilliant innings and scored 424 runs. There is a possibility that he will come with Mayank to start the innings with left-handed Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan also showed his bat in the IPL and scored more than 600 runs. After Lokesh Rahul, he was second in the list of batsmen who scored the most runs in IPL.
In terms of choice of all-rounders, Australia can stay one step ahead of the visiting team.
The host team has many all-rounders. India only has Ravindra Jadeja. Hardik Pandya is also in the team but he was not seen bowling in the IPL.
The absence of such batsmen who can bowl or vice versa will put pressure on the main bowlers of India. If he is weak then Australia will do many runs.
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Team India will have to make its strategy keeping all these things in mind, because this time the Australian team is looking stronger than the Indian team.
Team India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Lokesh Rahul (vice-captain / wicketkeeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper).
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Steve Smith, David Warner, D’Arkey Short, Marnus Labuschen, Ashton Turner, Ashton Egger, Alex Carrie (wicketkeeper), Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Jampa, Andrew Tye.