India are brimming with confidence coming off their first test series win against Australia in Australia. They will start their 3 match ODI series against Australia on Jan 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and will want to continue their dominance over an Australian side that is hurting from a home series loss.
India Will Play At Full Strength
The Indians have a strong ODI squad and will be eager to start the ODI series with a win at the SCG as it will put a lot more pressure on Australia. The batting order looks as strong as ever with Sharma and Dhawan set to open as usual. The middle-order looks pretty much settled as Kohli, D Karthik, MS Dhoni and K Jadhav will take the next four positions.
It is highly likely that H Pandya will play the first ODI and the out of form KL Rahul will miss out. India might look to rest J Bumrah and M Shami from the first ODI given their workload throughout the four match test series which means the new ball will be shared by B Kumar and K Ahmed. K Yadav and Y Chahal should share the spinners duties although Kohli could be tempted to play R Jadeja in place of Chahal.
Australia’s New Squad Lacks Experience
Australian selectors have come under fire for the ODI selections as the current squad looks very inexperienced. They will be captained by A Finch who did not have a great test series and will be looking to re-establish himself with the bat and by leading from the front. Apart from Finch, Glenn Maxwell is the only other experience ODI player in the squad.
Australia has chosen to go with some of the senior players who have more experience in tests than in the shorter format. Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are likely to play and it will be interesting to see if they can rise to the challenge.
The Indians will not have to face M Starc, P Cummins and J Hazelwood as the three big fast bowlers have been rested for the ODI series.
While the lack of experience is definitely a factor, it is also a great chance for some of the younger players like B Stanlake, J Behrendorff, A Carey and J Richardson to cement a spot for themselves in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup.