Australia v India, 1st T20, Sydney January 31, 2012

A chance for India to start over

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Match facts

February 1, Stadium Australia, Sydney
Start time 1935 (0835 GMT)

Big Picture

Nobody is more desperate to move on from the last six weeks than India's cricketers. Here is their perfect opportunity to do so. The first T20 not only pits two very different sides against each other, compared to those that played in the Tests, it also takes India and Australia to an entirely new venue for international cricket: Stadium Australia. The stadium, at Homebush in Sydney's west, was built for the 2000 Olympics and has a far greater capacity than the SCG. It will become the 19th ground in the country to host international cricket.

Appropriately enough it will host a new-look Australia team under the captaincy of debutant George Bailey. The 40-year-old spinner Brad Hogg will make his comeback after a vintage campaign from him in the Big Bash League, while the fast bowler James Faulkner could be in line for his debut. David Warner and Shaun Marsh are the only men in the squad who took part in the Tests against India.

The visitors have more of a crossover from the Test series, but there has still been plenty of new blood injected into the group. A 17-strong party has assembled for the T20s and the triangular one-day series that follows, including relatively inexperienced men like Rahul Sharma and Manoj Tiwary, but who will get the nod for the first match remains a mystery. Both sides are also hoping to use the series to narrow down their list of potential players for the World T20, to be held in Sri Lanka in September.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
Australia LWLLW
India LLWWW

In the spotlight

Who else but George Bailey? Not since Dave Gregory in the very first Test match has a man made his international debut for Australia as captain. And with plenty of attention having been paid to Bailey's record in the shortest format, he will be hoping to show what he can offer at No.5, while also marshalling his troops in the field.

India always appear a more dynamic outfit when Suresh Raina is present, and he will provide spark not only in the batting line-up but also in the field. Spark is precisely what India need to rediscover after their Test slump.

Team news

Australia have named a 14-man squad and as the selectors cast an eye to the World Twenty20 they are likely to give each player an opportunity in at least one of these two games. Shaun Marsh is in the group despite having been dropped from the upcoming ODIs, and this could be a chance for him to free his mind and play naturally. Daniel Christian and Mitchell Marsh could be battling for one spot, while Xavier Doherty and Hogg are the two slow-bowling options. The selectors will probably want to see what the uncapped Faulkner can deliver, while Clint McKay is also in the squad.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Aaron Finch, 4 David Hussey, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Travis Birt, 7 Mitchell Marsh / Daniel Christian, 8 Matthew Wade (wk), 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Brett Lee, 11 James Faulkner.

India have a big group to choose from, and the make-up of their attack is not yet clear. Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan might be competing for the same spot, and the extra spinner could be desirable if the drop-in pitch proves slow.

India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja / Irfan Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

Pitch and conditions

As a new international venue, it will be interesting to see what the Stadium Australia pitch offers. The former Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett has been brought in to prepare surface. Like most drop-in pitches, it is unlikely to have much in the way of pace and bounce.

Stats and trivia

  • At 40, Hogg will be the third-oldest man to play a T20 international. He played two T20s for Australia back in 2006 and 2007, but didn't take a wicket.
  • Australia and India have met in four T20s for two wins each - the first two went India's way and Australia won the second two

Quotes

"I'm nervous about both [captaincy and debut], from the playing aspect you're anxious to get out there and perform really well, and the captaining side of things I'm really comfortable with that, it's more getting to know the players as quickly as I can."
Australia's new captain George Bailey

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • VSatish on February 1, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    120 is tough score for Indian batting considering their current form. It is very inhuman that Australians posted huge score that our Indian batsmen cannot chase. ICC change the rules to suite our team.

  • VSatish on February 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    The difference between other teams and Indian team is: otherl teams play for their country and our players do it for money only for money

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Vinay gets the first breakthrough for India,dismisses Warner for 25.Big wkt this for India

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Shame Shame n Shame on Dhoni.......Why Pathan is not in playing 11?.....There Overcast condition that is helpful for seamers and should required 3 seamer but playing 3 Regular Spinner (Ashwin, Rahul Sharma & Jadeja) + 3 Part Time Spinner (Raina, Rohit, Sehwag)..........I think Dhoni dont like Pathan.....This is really bad for Indian Cricket

  • Maan_o786 on February 1, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Australia will b Win first t20 02-01-2012

  • rsurya on February 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Vinay kumar will lead India in the absence of Joginder Sharma the legend. This selection is the great problem for Indian failure but they are blaming the innocent seniors.

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    it sucks to see players like vinay kumar given to many chances!!!the guy was given chance in test match and was bowling at 125kmp..well ashwin is a much better spinner than ashwin.and not giving irfan a chance ..come on dhoni you are planting ur own downfall..........

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    shewag's performance is not good now. so...why not SACHIN TENDULKAR.. INDIA need tendulkar to win

  • kolusu on February 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    jadeja and irfan should played and vinay kumar better to drop him in this match...why because both are can support batting order also

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    kohli should be dropped.....he plays just for himself.

  • VSatish on February 1, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    120 is tough score for Indian batting considering their current form. It is very inhuman that Australians posted huge score that our Indian batsmen cannot chase. ICC change the rules to suite our team.

  • VSatish on February 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    The difference between other teams and Indian team is: otherl teams play for their country and our players do it for money only for money

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Vinay gets the first breakthrough for India,dismisses Warner for 25.Big wkt this for India

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Shame Shame n Shame on Dhoni.......Why Pathan is not in playing 11?.....There Overcast condition that is helpful for seamers and should required 3 seamer but playing 3 Regular Spinner (Ashwin, Rahul Sharma & Jadeja) + 3 Part Time Spinner (Raina, Rohit, Sehwag)..........I think Dhoni dont like Pathan.....This is really bad for Indian Cricket

  • Maan_o786 on February 1, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Australia will b Win first t20 02-01-2012

  • rsurya on February 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Vinay kumar will lead India in the absence of Joginder Sharma the legend. This selection is the great problem for Indian failure but they are blaming the innocent seniors.

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    it sucks to see players like vinay kumar given to many chances!!!the guy was given chance in test match and was bowling at 125kmp..well ashwin is a much better spinner than ashwin.and not giving irfan a chance ..come on dhoni you are planting ur own downfall..........

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    shewag's performance is not good now. so...why not SACHIN TENDULKAR.. INDIA need tendulkar to win

  • kolusu on February 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    jadeja and irfan should played and vinay kumar better to drop him in this match...why because both are can support batting order also

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    kohli should be dropped.....he plays just for himself.

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I THINK VINAY KUMAR IS THE WORST BOWLER IN INDIAN CRICKET HISTORY... Y SELECTOR KRIS. SREEKANTH ENCOURAGE HIM..I DNT UNDERSTOOD.... I THINK RAHUL SHARMA IS THE FUTURE EXLENT BOWLER AND ASHWIN ALSO GOOD BOWLER AND FUTURE T.20 , ODI, TEST MATCH CAPTAIN IS KOHLI... THANK U

  • Digimont on February 1, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Let's hope for the good of Indian cricket that Australia routs them in all 3 forms of the game. Some change might come of it.

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    india will rock...............................

  • Hand0 on February 1, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Funny how Birt's BBL form got him in to the team, and deservedly so, but then you see Bailey debut as captain. Seems ridiculous given his BBL form! Oh well, hope he goes well, good luck to him.

  • rajattburman on February 1, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Why we should even consider sehwag also in this shorten format as he always gave very ordinary performance in his past attendance. Gambhir should open with Tiwari or Rohit. Ahhh…and wat dis guy is doing in Australia Mr. Vinay Kumar…after his one test performance he should gave company to Dravid n party in India….Selectors….wake upppp….

  • Adam09 on February 1, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    i doubt that would be australia's batting order. travis birt should be in the top four and there's no way James Faulkner would bat 11, he will soon be rivalling dan christian and mitchell marsh as australias best allrounder so he should be 9 for sure. Overall a very explosive 11 and unfortunately matthew wade deserves higher than 8 but might not get it. I pray to god watson comes back in the T20 before the WC because with him or warner as captain and no bailey, that team would destroy anybody

  • TheCentralGovernment on February 1, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Indian Team: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • on February 1, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    I m a true cricket lover,,,, and in my opinion India will win today as they are better team then Australia in T20!!!! They just need to take good care of two openers of Australia (Warner & S. March)!

  • johnathonjosephs on February 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    lets see what 4 years of the IPL has done to India's T20 side

  • LaMejor on February 1, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    We want to see Irfan in action but now we have to wait untill next match, I don't know which team is saying thank GOD its rainy

  • atuljain1969 on February 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    India should field all the players who played in recent test series, as they are the most experienced in ........... the matches in Australia this season. Also we must consider the fact that class is permanent, form is temporary therefore every senior should get more chances to regain their form.

  • on February 1, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    go indai go...next generation will thrashhhhhhh aussies.....but lineup should be 1gambhir 2.kohli 3.sehwag 4.rohit 5.dhoni 6 raina 7.ashwin 8.jadeja/irfan(mostly irfan) 9.rahul sharma 10.pk 11.yadav(plz no vinay kumar otherwise we will loose))

  • on February 1, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Remove Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni also from the T20 and make a very young team, and even if this team fails initially, bring another fresh and young faces, give them international exposure.

  • on February 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    throw out vinay......bring in sreeshant.....

  • justk on February 1, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    vinay kumar is being bashed, surprisingly by the people of his home town..he is a good bowler and picks wicket...and can move the ball both ways...at least, give some respect for the player and his talent

  • mysay on February 1, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    MS Dhoni should not captain, neither should any of the Indian test players play in the T20, as simply they will still be shell shocked. Get some new players in who will go with a new and clear mindset determined to do well. This way even if they lose (which either way they will) will not be too bad.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 1, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    TO ALL THOSE WHO R SAYING THAT VINAY KUMAR SHOULD NOT INCLUDE IN THE T20 SQUAD , HERE IS DISAPPOINTING NEWS FOR YOU , BCCI HAS SAID THAT THE PLAYING XI WILL BE . 1. VINAY KUMAR 2. VINAY KUMAR 3. VINAY KUMAR 4 . VINAY KUMAR 5 . VINAY KUMAR 6 VINAY KUMAR 7 . VINAY KUMAR 8. VINAY KUMAR 9. VINAY KUMAR 10 . VINAY KUMAR 11 . VINAY KUMAR . HAHAHAHAHA

  • rahulcricket007 on February 1, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    @AYUSH KATARIA . I DON'T WRITE THAT SERIOUSLY . I KNOW WHAT OUR DHANNO CAN DO IN LIMITED OVER MATCHES . BUT HE SHOULD SELCT IRFAN PATHAN INSTEAD OF THAT UESLESS VINAY KUMAR .

  • Shaikd on February 1, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Jadeja Should play in T20 and in ODI's. Lets not have confusion as Jadeja / Vinay. Team India has to rethink about having Vinay Kumar in the side, i dont see any fruitfulness by having him in the side in any form of cricket.

  • IPLphuckedIndianTestCricket on February 1, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    What chance??? Indians are already psychologically scarred and I don't see them winning a single match against Australia down under.

  • lokyshanks on February 1, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Great team news from the Aussies. Dynamic selection.Those who watched the KFC Big Bash T20 will know how and why this team is made up like it is. Brett Lee and Brad Hogg earned their place in this team with great performances in the KBB series hats off to them especially Hogg who has come out of retirement but is full of dash and spirit. So many new faces in the Aussie team all of them deserving their place on absolutely current form. now what can we say 'bout the Indian team. only good news is that Rahul sharma is probably playing the rest is old wine in very old bottle. Our team selection is done like the selection of ministers in our Cabinet a balancing act of so many parameters taken into consideration that at the end we dont know where we started . how should the cricket crazy fans of India let the selectors know that they want the very best players playing for India not the best known players?

  • Ameega on February 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    @Meety, completely agreed. And also, it won't be a 'surprise' if any team (inc. SL) beat India in ODIs with their current form and mentality, although they have great talents. However I guess India has an advantage in this one off t20. Making an uncapped player the captain would be the biggest mistake done by OZ ahead of the CB series.

  • on February 1, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    TAKE IRFAN INSTEAD OF VINAY, VINAY LEAKS RUNS WITH HIS SHORT BALLS

  • on February 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Who is George Bailey...... Pls Chose Hussey has Captain

  • Babloo3544 on February 1, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Why don't the Indians have separate teams for Test, ODI and T20 ? I guess, they will end up having no players in the test team ! What a shame for a country with billion people !

  • dsig3 on February 1, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Poor old Vinay is copping some serious flak here. You dont have to be quick to do well on Aussie pitches, Copeland bowls slower than ricky ponting. No joke. He is deadly accurate, tall and hits the seam. Thats where poor old Vinay fell down against Warner. Its not his lack of pace, its everything else.

  • rsurya on February 1, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Dale Steyn, Malinga, Now Vinay Kumar. Greats in the art of fast bowling.

  • gandhala on February 1, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    @Amogh Butta - Stats are right, Australia played india in india in 2007 just after the world cup before going to Australia. Interesting everyone want Jadeja in, he was once Vinay Kumar in cricinfo who got highest hits for not deserving a place.

  • on February 1, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Please give Irfan Pathan another chance, he deserves it!

  • amit.80s on February 1, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    I hope Jadeja and Irfan both play and they should drop Vinay.

  • on February 1, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    no vinay kumar pls ... If Irfan Pathan is in the squad make most use of him and if will be very handy with the bat at any place in the batting order ... And you can pick extra batsmen .. Bowlers should be praveen kumar , yadav , Irfan Pathan , Ashwin , jadeja . .

    Irfan Pathan is t 20 and odi specialist .. And we have seen vinay kumar in test match he is more like a spinner ,

  • SmartStrategy on February 1, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    @Meety: I specifically mentioned the young Aussie players when referring to their lack of aptitude towards quality spin attack. I agree that the seniors like Ponting, Clarke, Aussie play spin very well, at least in their home soil. But, these seniors aren't playing in T20 squad. Even David Warner struggle against quality spin attack. Spinners may take wicket or not, but atleast they will not be as expensive as other mediocre pace bowlers from India. That's why it's a better option to play an extra spinner instead for T20 and ODIs. Hope this clarifies your concern, mate!

  • royalg on February 1, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    why shud jadeja and pathan fight for 1 spot, wats VINAY KUMAR DOING IN THE PLAYING 11, its shud be IRFAN/VINAY fighting for a spot

  • jiten27 on February 1, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    please select these players for t20 agaist aussie. we saw in test ausse player cannot plat with spinner. so we should go with spinners, my selection would be dhoni choice, 1 SEHWAG 2 GAMBHIR 3 SACHIN 4 KOHLI 5 ROHIT SHARMA 6 RAINA 7 DHONI 8 JADEJA 9 IRFAN 10 ASHWIN, OR PRANAYAG OJHA 11 PRAVEEN KUMAR OR YADAV, NOW WE HAVE TWO SPINNER AND TWO FAST BOWLER, WE CAN USE USE KOHLI, RAINA, ROHIT SHARMA AND SEHWAG CAN BE USE, BATTING UNTILL 10 NUMBER WHO CAN BEAT US.

  • on February 1, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    i think result s gonna be the same as we saw n test matches.Indian players moral s realy down,i dont think they can handle australi top class attacks.hoping for better result.lets see whats gonna be the result

  • Test_Match_Fan on February 1, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    India should fit right in to this Senior bat/ball. Yawn. who cares......wait, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman not fit for this either?

  • katsunn on February 1, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    i say that they include both irfan and jadeja, and drop vinay. Slot jadeja at 7 irfan at 8 and shift the tail down one. that way they can have a strong tail as well. For australia, drop shaun marsh and then take both mitchell marsh and christian...

  • on February 1, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    go india! a proud, great nation with a great cricket team. They can come good again i'm sure!!

  • AvidCricFan on February 1, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Irfan Pathan will be a much better choice over Vinay Kumar. I am surpised he is still in Australia. We still have poor performers from the test side in this team too. The list includes Gambhir, Shewag, Dhoni, Vinay Kumar. Yadav doesn't good control is a poor fielder. I don't think he will be a good choice either. Ashwin is also an average fielder.

  • on February 1, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    its given only possible they havent decided the full team yet

  • AvidCricFan on February 1, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    7 players in the probable 11 are carry over from the recent debacle

  • mar2000 on February 1, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    india was always at the cross-roads when playing over seas . They are Power-houses at home , so there is on need to panic Mr. Dhony .

  • Meety on February 1, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    @likeintcricket - mate the 36 & 40 yr olds in the Oz side are at the very least as fit as the young Indians, they field better, they throw themselves around the field more, they hold catches, they chase everything. I would take a 40 year old Hogg into an ODI/T20 game ahead of Ashwin ANY DAY! I would take a 36 yr old Lee ahead of a 32 yr old Zaheer in an ODI/T20 ANY DAY!!! Make sense now ???? Compare Ponting, M Hussey, Lee & Hogg to say Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer & Ashwin, who would you want fielding for your life?? Batting & bowling averages do not consider runs saved & catches dropped, all things considered I'd take the Ozzy 4 over the Indian 4 in limited overs cricket!

  • cricket-is-passion on February 1, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Hello Smartstrategy, Ojha is not in T20 squad. BTW, if Team India wants to win then this should be the playing 11.. Sehwag, Tendulkar/Gambhir, Kohli, Sharma, Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Irfan, Praveen, Khan/Umesh. I vote for Khan since he is consistent compared to Umesh.Best of luck Team India, whatever happened to the Test series, I am still with you to support.

  • RockyAnIndianFan on February 1, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is fastest spiner after Venkatesh Prasad. Unfortunately Both played for my state Karnataka. We would want only one spiner and we have in Ashwin and if Jadega plays we will have 2. So please no Vinay Kumar. Give Irfan a chance please.

  • Meety on February 1, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    @SmartStrategy - don't make the mistake of thinking Oz "... cannot tackle Indian spinners..." - I think Ashwin may have a different view. Please understand that Oz play spinners in Oz EXTREMELY well. Just ask Murali or Swann.

  • on January 31, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    You noe guys this match is gonnabe called off, its raining all day here in sydney.....

  • Gizza on January 31, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    India is actually quite a bad T20 side. Ever since the 2007 victory they have gone downhill. They have won 0 out of 6 Super Eight games in the next two World T20 Championships. Also they are ranked 7th in the world only above West Indies, Afghanistan, etc. So the IPL hasn't even helped India's T20 performance!

  • theRule19 on January 31, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    No Vinay Kumar..It will be feast for Aus. otherwise. Playing Ishant Sharma would be a rather safe bet.

  • We_Rock on January 31, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Bowlers like Dinda can really take wickets of Warner and other OZs players, as seen in last IPL..All we want is INDIA to WIN and dominate Australians..! They play good cricket. Vinay Kumar..pls watch cricket with us on TV and let India win a few matches, then U can just go and try ur luck! Selectors..what has happened to you all..How can you forget the beating that he has got from Warner..! Pls include both Jadeja and Irfan Pathan for these T20 matches in place of Vinay Kumar.

  • pritpalpabla on January 31, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Rain is going to spoil first match...

  • pritpalpabla on January 31, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Getting Irfan & Jadeja both in the squad going to help Indian batting as well as bowling.. Final XI should be: Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja , 8 Irfan Pathan , 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    Vinay Kumar is just a waste of space in the Indian line up....

  • We_Rock on January 31, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India has some very good options for T20 format. Viru with gambhir, Kohli with sharma and raina with MSD can really do wonders and we have Irfan pathan and ravinder jadeja available for selection..i think they both should play and compete between themselves and as a result, India will become very competitive. AsHwin can bat too..and bowls well in the shorter format. I cant really understand the need to play Vinay Kumar..! Praveen kumar must play if india wants some early breakthroughs..! We will Rock the world again..! CHAK DE INDIA!

  • xylo on January 31, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Surprising that Sachin did not 'make himself available' for the T20s. ;-)

  • Abhimanyu on January 31, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Test series is over, and now is that time to see if our selectors have the guts to drop Dhoni, Dravid, and Laxman from test cricket or not. They can not remain short-sighted anymore after 0-8 loss oversees. They need to give give Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, and Wriddhiman Saha more opportunities to become India's next wicket-keeper. Picking a keeper/opening batsmen like Parthiv Patel or Dinesh Karthik with any of the following players (Pujara, Badrinath, Rohit, Rahane, Manoj Tiwari) can also bring Sehwag and Gambhir down in the middle order with Virat Kohli. Also Rahul Sharma needs to be given an opportunity to make an comparison between him and Ashwin to see who is a better spinner/all-rounder.

  • James_10 on January 31, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    LOL Faulkner at 11!! Faulkner will definitely bat at 6-8 if he plays he is an actual allrounder LOL! Cricinfo thinks he'd play at 11. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! 1:Warner, 2: Finch, 3: Birt, 4: Hussey, 5: Bailey, 6: Christian, 7: Wade, 8: Faulkner, 9: Hogg, 10: Lee, 11: Doherty NOw that should be the team tonight

  • Nampally on January 31, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    @ MathewsAdelaide: I agree 100% with your XI which matches minein my earlier input. Dhoni will be out of his mind if he includes Vinay kumar.In my opinion Rahul should be the first choice spinner above Ashwin, as well. Aussies cannot play leg spinners & googlies of Rahul. India should use different tactics to Dhoni's outdated non-tactics. Dhoni's irrational team selection cost India 4-0 whitewash! Is he determined to destroy the Indian T-20 & ODI teams too?

  • on January 31, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Should be a RIPPER game. GO INDIA AND CM-ON AUSTRALIA.

  • Nampally on January 31, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    I think Dhoni still does not understand the tactical aspects of team selection. Persisting with Vinay kumar is suicidal. He is neither accurate, as Warner hammered him in Sydney test, nor he is a wicket taker. Rahul Sharma may be a spinner but he is very accurate wicket taker. He should be one of the trump cards especially in T-20 & ODI's. If Dhoni does not include Rahul, who made his name in IPL, India needs a rational New Captain.India cannot go the same old way of Dhoni's as they did in 4 Tests with no tactics in batting, bowling or field placing.Aussies are weak against wrist leg spinner. Rahul bowls fast with flat trajectory & high action to get lot of bounce on Aussie pitches.He is much better spinner than Ashwin. As for pacers, India's 4 seamer policy at Sydney landed them flat on their faces. Yadev & Kumar are good enough with the all rounder Pathan.Alternate is ZAK. These 5 bowlers can bowl their quota. Kohli,Rohit,Raina & Dhoni, follow the openers. This is the best XI.

  • Mitcher on January 31, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    If the weather at Homebush is anything like it has been about 40 minutes down the road, I fear all this talk will be wasted.

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 31, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    its not not RENJI TROPHY mate , get RAHUL SHARMA instead of vinay kumar plssssssssss.

  • GMathews on January 31, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    WHY VINAY KUMAR IN THE PLAYING ELEVEN?????????????????????????? INDIAN PLAYING ELEVEN SELECTION MANAGEMENT KEEP DOING BLUNDERS AGAIN, he is in the 17men squad itself is wrong selection,NEHRA or SREESANTH would have been better choices for oneday squad,thats why fans are getting so frustrated with selection committee and whoever deciding on final elevens

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 31, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    FINAL ELEVEN INDIA FIRST T20 :- 1 RAHUL SHARMA, 2 IRFAN PATHAN, 3 VIRENDER SEHWAG, 4 GAUTAM GAMBHIR, 5 VIRAT KOHLI, 6 SURESH RAINA, 7 ROHIT SHARMA, 8 MS DHONI, 9 R ASHWIN, 10 PRAVEEN KUMAR, 11 UMESH YADAV

  • on January 31, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    paper tigers will be put through a shredder!

  • SmartStrategy on January 31, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    DO NOT play Vinay Kumar. The combination of David Warner and Vinay Kumar means a disaster for India. Include a spinner instead. Aussies, especially the new players cannot tackle Indian spinners. Apart from Ashwin, Ojha should also play, although you may say with Kohli/Raina able to bowl a bit, we may not need another extra spinner. Why is Zaheer not playing, perhaps because of his poor fielding- otherwise he is a very canny bowler. Make sure to win both the T20I, so that atleast our ranking in T20 will go up 2 places. Also, it will bring some positive mind set when they got to ODIs. Do not underestimate SL in the ODI series- they can surprise you and go to final with Aussies, if you guys take it easy.

  • Avi56 on January 31, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    do not add umesh yadav...add irfan and add another batsmen...and why is there no zaheer khan??????

  • Team12 on January 31, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is not suited for Australian Pitches. Pathan should play considering the fact that he bowled well here in 2003-04 and 2007-08. Pathan can be a match winner in these conditions.

  • on January 31, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Vinay kumar does not deserve to play with out any special skilsl. he is no worth in team. play both Irfan and Jadeja who are genuine all rounders

  • wildnaphtha on January 31, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Twenty Twenty, Brad Hogg is Forty!

  • on January 31, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Wish to see rahane instead of gambhir. Harbhajan is a very good t20 bowler. He should have played together with ashwin, umesh and irfan. Good luck team India.

  • on January 31, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    No Vinay Kumar plz plz!! irfan instead..

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on January 31, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Vinay still in squad...!!! what a joke...???

    I think MSD should rethink the inclusion of VINAY...

  • akshayasiri on January 31, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    How many comments against VinayKumar and still BCCI and selectors have faith in a bowler who bowls at a speed of 125-130KMPH and get out of rope. The main problem with selectors is technology. They are not looking the comments in net, if so at least they have changes their mindset.

  • advith88 on January 31, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    no vinay kumar plz... play pathan, ashwin, jadeja, praveen and yadav

  • on January 31, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Best XI for tomorrow 1.Sehwag 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Raina 5.Rohit 6.Dhoni 7.Irfan 8.Ashwin 9.PK 10.Zak 11.Rahul The XI I am hoping to see in the 2012 world t 20 1.Sehwag 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Yuvraj 5.Yusuf 6.Uthappa 7.Raina 8.Irfan 9.Iqbal Abdulla 10.Zak/PK 11.Munaf

  • Syed4cricket on January 31, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    OMG !!!! Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... Not Vinay Kumar Please..... The perfect team would be 1 Sehwag 2 Gambhir3 Kohl 4 Rohit 5 Raina 6 Dhoni 7 Jadeja 8Irfan 9 Ashwin 10 Rahul Sharma 11 Praveen

    Good Luck India.....

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Why can't Krish Srikkant and his good friend and ally Srinivasan CEMENT Vinay's place with India Cements' team or CSK -- both owned by the ultimate master of conflicts-of-interest, Mr Sirinivasn. Or Kumble, Vinay's promoter (thru 'TenVic') can get his boy placed with Mallya's Brewery? Mallya can perhaps boost Vinay's spirits, by supplying him a lot of free samples from his brew! Especially when Vinay tries his wares in "fast" bowling! Interestingly, the only guy among the four mentioned in this post with no conflict of interest ( can't even conflict with the opposing team's batsmen) is Vinay! Dear Vinay, you by the very name is the symble of humility, please prove me wrong, if you happen to wriggle your way into the playing XI. Plzzz!

  • pavi550 on January 31, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    I would go for India The best team Sehwag,Gambir,V Kohli, S Raina,Rohit Sharma,MS Dhoni, I Pathan,R Ashwin,R Jadeja,Pravin Kumar,U Yadav. This team has plenty of potential and excellent all-rounders to fight with any T20 side in the world.

  • onkar567 on January 31, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    there is not at all any need for that man-MR.VINAY KUMAR.he has no cricketing brain of any aspect of the game.he is the only one hope-less guy in the probable squad mentioned.good luck msd,choose pathan,win the KFC t2o Intl and get back to winning ways by throwing him-( vinay) out of international cricket for India..........(...... in fact then ashwin is a fast bowler choice if we have to select V. KUMAR)>........

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    @Rahul cricket 007 what do u mean by except Dhoni he is best limited over batsman in the team ya he is not a good test player agree but he is the best WK batsman there too but ODI and t20 team he is king of kings especially in ODI i see his avg in ODIi cricket .I agree with everyone else that both Irfan and Jadeja .Vinay i had respect for him before but not able to perform on ENG tracks as fast bowler and not on WACA else a fast bowler will perform ?? agree with rest of the team will like MSD to come and bat ahead of Raina

  • Kuka1990 on January 31, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Vinay Kumar....are you kidding us.....I would play Zaheer khan even if he does not field at all. Irfan khan for sure in place of Vinay kumar....Even I can bowl better than Vinay kumar...pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssseeeee NO VINAY KUMAR anymore...before we stop watching cricket. Please stop that.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Where is Zaheer? Why Vinay? If Vinay blocks Irfan's chance, it is foolish at best, and cruel at worst!

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Please Kick out Vinay as everybody said he dose not deserve the place in indian team...The Indian11 will be 1. Sehwag,2. Gambhir,3.Virat,4.Raina,5Rohit.6,Dhoni,7.Jadeja,8.Pathan,9.ashwin,10,Praveen,11.Umesh Yadav.

  • Bruisers on January 31, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @Murali Mohan Madasu - "vinay is useless not only in 20-20 but Cricket itself" What sort of a rubbish comment is that? Surely you don't follow much domestic cricket or IPL. Vinay has a proven and consistent record at domestic level, something that you don't get to see with Indian bowlers today. He's also done well in IPL. He will certainly prove all you people wrong with his performance if given the chance..

  • andrew27994 on January 31, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I also think Irfan deserves a chance in this match. Lets not forget he was in decent form last IPL and India need to encourage all-rounders, which, according to me, are actually the true match winners in T20s. Its fair to give Umesh an opportunity as he was clearly India's best swing bowler and he has just the pace and bounce to trouble the Australian batsmen. Nobody from India in their right minds would drop Jadeja as he has definitely been India's best performer in 2011. He has certainly showed the way in all departments of the game. As for Australia, I think they must drop Shaun Marsh and play both all-rounders, Mitchell Marsh and Dan Christian because if 1 or 2 bowlers bowl badly they could have serious problems for lack of bowling options. No point keeping a part-timer like David Hussey as your 5th bowler. This is what India have been doing for so long so they also need to change that by playing both all-rounders.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Irfan should be played,yadav and vinay kumar should be dropped,include praveen kumar if needed. Gambhir has lost lot of credibility,he can be shunned too, give chance to youngsters pls.

  • priceless1 on January 31, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    whoa, over confidant Australians are trying a Debutant as a Caption. i hope its back fires on them very badly

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Oh my goodness, dear selectors you did what ever you like to do in Test series and seen the much unwanted results. Please lister to me or every one else in the world and keep Vinay kumar out play with Irfan and Ravinadra Jadeja. Any one can bowl better than Vinay kumar, even Kohli is better option than him.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    DHONI: The best captain ever. Its true that once you remove DHONI Factor from Indian team, the team will just see its dark future ahead. Infact they are also in huge pressure and they know better what to do than us. So lets support our team in such situations rather than blaming. I like my INDIAN team.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Y d hell VINAY KUMAR!!!!! WHO IS HE???? NO pace, No swing nd no seam @ aLL!!!!

  • NikSaid on January 31, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    not Vinay, and Not Umesh Yadav as well! whats VERY different about above India XI that Dhoni and media talking about? hmmm...let me guess, Their jerseys?

  • NikSaid on January 31, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Many Indians are still emotional!! You can see that in comments on two articles about Dhoni. Its sad that when he says T20 team is VERY DIFFERENT to Test team and many comments just sympathizes with him, oh our dear leader, you are right, India is VERY different and will beat hell out of Aus T20! How is it VERY different?

  • cric_fan__ on January 31, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    y is vinay kumar still in team? he bowls at 125-130 in Oz thats useless... thrash him out must play both pathan and jadeja

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Warner v Vinay again. Will it be a repeat or a revenge?

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    good luck india and put fix place for irfan instead of vinay kumar. than batting lineup will strong and also bowling. then we have 3 all rounders like IRFAN, ASHWIN, JADEJA.

  • samudralakiku on January 31, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @ Technical-1 - People keep saying lot left in a player when he can not field well, run between the wickets and more. This is not to say that VVS is not a legend. But think of how much more can he offer to the Indian cricket, other than robbing a chance from an youngster who can offer more in the long run. I think we should change our thinking towards the players at the end of the career. I would rather see an youngster come and settle in early than wait to see VVS or Dravid or Tendulkar play another 2 years to score one more century and not do much else. It is pity that they have to leave at such a low for their wonderful careers. But that is the inevitable, which should happen sooner than later.

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    OMG!! What happen to World cup Winning Captain (captain cool)?? He has to Battle with an Uncapped Player!!! How time Changed? SHAME INDIANS!!!Aussies Insulting Indians in Other Ways...

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    What are the selectors playing at??? Why this assumtion that Vinay Kumar will make it if we want 2 spinners and Irfan will be dropped??? Irfan is a better bowler than Vinay Kumar, and I am not even comoaring their batting!!! If Irfan is still left out and Vinay preferred, there is something seriously wrong with our thinktank.....

  • torsha on January 31, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Oh Come on, why u need Vinay kumar? Take Ashwin and Irfan both. NO Vinay Kuamr..He is useless for cricket game.

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    team please not gambhir... no no no..

  • Baundele on January 31, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav are enough to win the match for AUSTRALIA.

  • RohithMedisetty on January 31, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Since the match is played in ANZ stadium I do not think rain will effect the match.

  • mdev.mp on January 31, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Australia taking on ONE TIME T20 WOLD CUP WINNERS..Beware off dem!!!. You people are yet win a world cup

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Saw Gambhir's picture on the frontpage of Cricinfo...he has tummy...a soft middle...I am not saying he should have flat abs but that picture shows how these guys like Gambhir and Sehwag have gone soft used to comfortable life style

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    please remove vinay he is useless bowler. he has been smashed in india and abroad

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Where is Yusuf Pathan ? He can Bowl and Hit and score runs at a fantastic rate.

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Just want to echo what so many others have said in here already...PLAY BOTH IRFAN AND ASHWIN AND DROP VINAY KUMAR!

  • Ameega on January 31, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @Alex Pandian, this won't be a revenge Australia even if India win all short format matches. Try a whitewash a Test series when they tour India! Best of luck for both teams for T20 and ODIs. Wish a tight contest!

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    i agree, vinay is useless not only in 20-20 but Cricket itself.

    Throw him out and pic the remaining 11 as everyone esle is gud.

  • wolf777 on January 31, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Please not Vinay Kumar....Please not Vinay Kumar....Please not Vinay Kumar....Please not Vinay Kumar....Please not Vinay Kumar....

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    I would go (for Australia): 1.Warner 2.Wade 3.Finch 4.Hussey 5.Bailey* 6.Birt 7.M.Marsh 8.Faulkner 9.Hogg 10.Lee 11.McKay. Shaun Marsh is out of form and doesn't deserve a spot, Dan Christian comes close, but Mitch Marsh is a better bowler (as a batsman I would say they are probably about even). Doherty not selected in lieu of Hogg, as I don't think 2 spinners are required and Hogg has the experience and form. If needed, Hussey can provide 2-3 overs of off-spin in a crisis or if the pitch is taking spin. Nice balance with 5 bowlers plus Hussey, and 2 of them left arm (Hogg and Faulkner) provides some variation.

  • siddharth_r2001 on January 31, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    agree with Satv007 and Haleos. Vinay Kumar is absolutely useless....not just in 20-20, but pretty much in all formats of the game. He should be kept as far away from the squad (let along the playing XI) as possible! Both Irfan AND Jadeja should be in the XI and Vinay should be kicked out!

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    OMG! Where is zak??????????????

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    The best team for T20 will be: Sehwag,M Tiwary,V Kohli, S Raina,Rohit Sharma,MS Dhoni, I Pathan,R Ashwin,Rahul Sharma,Pravin Kumar,U Yadav. This team has plenty of potential and excellent all-rounders to fight with any T20 side in the world.

  • spinkingKK on January 31, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    India should get rid off Vinay Kumar and have a permanent spot for Irfan. Also, Jadeja should get the chance ahead of Ashwin. Tiwary can easily fit in place of Gambhir in T20's. But, we never look to field our best team, do we? Always some mediocres and misfits gets infront of the right choices.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Good Luck Team India. The bright side: there won't be any innings defeat this time. Hang on in. IPL is just around the corner. Forgot. There's another set of Men in Blue in the series!

  • samonly007200 on January 31, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Why is Vinay kumar still in Australia? On what basis was he selected for 1 days after test series? Did he perform well ? He got an absolute thrashing... Why is he still in team. He has got someone's backing in the team selection. Not good for team India.. That is why the selection committee has to go... Need new faces who are interested in team India and not in their personal benefit .

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Well, why bailey debut as captain when Dave hussey & warner is avilable? Disastarus decision by CA.

  • BalKang on January 31, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    I would leave out Vinay Kumar no doubt!!! Is there a place for Ajinkye Rahane????

  • asif3k on January 31, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    1.sehwag, 2.gambir, 3.raina, 4.virat, 5.rohit, 6.dhoni, 7.jadeja, 8.irfan, 9.ashwin, 10.praveen, 11.umesh. this team has so many batting and bowling options.....waste of giving oppurtunity to Vinay.....

  • Technical-1 on January 31, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    When was being 40 year old considered old.. I bet he could run circles around your dumb face Dunger.Bob.. Who name themselves Dunger.Bob any ways.

    Speaking from Jamaica!

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Australia has a very powerful batting line up, but i would probably put Birt up the order and Mckay in.

  • Shiva3 on January 31, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Both Jadeja and Irfan must play. Vinay is useless in all formats of the game, there is no single good performance on his name up to now in international level. Dhoni should read these comments to know opinions of all Indian cricket fans.

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Remove Vinay Kumar and Include both Jadaja and Irfan.This could be strong team to beat Australia.

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Give a chance to Rahul sharma instead of Vinay kumar......

  • dinesh14s on January 31, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    wt happen to zaheer???????? he is in the T20 squad right??????????

  • kaushal_raut on January 31, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Amogh Butta India did win first two T20s against Aussies.first in WC 2007 semifinal and 2nd in Mumbai after 7 match Odi serise in 2007.get your stats right.

  • Dipi99 on January 31, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    India have a Good Team to play 50 over game in this tournament. both the department looks decent and fielding will also be good as likes of jadeja raina sharma kohli will really bring energy in the team.

    i feel India vs Aus Finals......and hopefully India will be declared Winners.

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    My Playing XI for India... 1.Viru 2. Gauti 3. Virat 4. Rohit 5. Raina 6. MSD 7. Irfan 8. Jadeja 9. Ashwin 10. PK 11. Umesh/Rahul

    Irfan is better bowler and better batsman than Vinay. If additional spinner is required, either PK/Umesh can be rested and Rahul Sharma can be taken in. Tiwary can be given a chance in 2nd ODI if any one from top order fails in 1st ODI.

  • mano.mcse on January 31, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I think it's a good batting line. Jadeja must play in t20. he is a good all rounder.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 31, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @AMOGH BUTTA . OYE BUTTEY , TERI MEMORY KAMJOR HAI . INDIA DO BAR JEETI HAIN , IST TIME IN 2007 WC SEMIFINAL , 2ND TIME IN 2007 JUST AFTER ODI SERIES A T20 MATCH WAS ALSO SCHEDULED WHICH INDIA WON BY 6 WKT THEN INDIA LOSE THE OTHER 2 MATCHES WHICH WERE HAPPENED IN 2008 ( THAT LOSS IN WHICH INDIA WERE BOWLED OUT FOR 73 ) & IN THE 2010 T20 WC .

  • anver777 on January 31, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Ind need a real "KICK START" before the CB series..........at least to make this series interesting for cricket fans !!!!!! Final.... SL vs Aus

  • anver777 on January 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    All the best to George for his 1st assignment as a Aus captain !!!!!!

  • likeintcricket on January 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Could any Australian selector and Ian Chappel explain the selection of a 40 year old and a 36 year old fast bowler in T20? Indian side looks good on paper but than they have to adapt quickly on Australian pitches.

  • suhailsamz on January 31, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    T20 playing 11 1.sehwag, 2.gambir, 3.raina, 4.virat, 5.rohit, 6.dhoni, 7.jadeja, 8.irfan, 9.ashwin, 10.praveen, 11.umesh/zaheer.

    This team is truly unbeatable.Team contain lot of batting and bowling option.

    Go india Go......win the t20 cup.

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    1.sehwag, 2.gambir, 3.raina, 4.virat, 5.rohit, 6.dhoni, 7.jadeja, 8.irfan, 9.ashwin, 10.praveen, 11.umesh. this team has so many batting and bowling options. This is the best line up for 1st 20-20

  • jam-11 on January 31, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    hello. nskaile. Vinay Kumar spinner in your view. Pathan is fastest bowler in the world? don't make such comments for hard working cricketer like vinay. My 11 sehwag,pathan,raina,kohli,rohith,dhoni,jadeja,aswin,praveen,vinay and yadav uttappa in place of Dhoni better choice for 20-20. kohli will be the captain.

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    In my view India Squad 1) Virender Sehwag 2) Gautam Gambhir 3) Virat Kohli 4) Raina 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7) Ravinder Jadeja 8) Irfaan Pathan 9) Ashwin 10) Parveen Kumar 11) Umesh Yadav........

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Cricinfo here published that Faulkner will be the No.11. Surely that is not going to be the position he will come into the crease at any stage in his career. He got selected in this squad not just because of his bowling skills, he is an ALL ROUNDER.

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Okay, I don't understand why Faulkner would be batting at No.11. Just saying...

  • Potatis on January 31, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    It's a shame it looks like rain tomorrow night. I hope they can get some good play in. There's always something about the result of rain affected matches that feels unfair. Go Aussies!

  • Satv007 on January 31, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    OMG!!!India must not play Vinay kumar if they have to win the T20. Irfan, umesh, Ashwin and praveen kumar/rahul sharma must play

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Unlike England-India last summer, T20 is category where OZ can be pin down but in ODI it will be difficult for India.

  • PiyushD on January 31, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    for India I will give Irfan and Jadeja both a match each, same with Ashwin/Rahul Sharma and Manoj Tiwary/GG

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I'd go with Warner, S. Marsh, Birt, Hussey, Bailey, M. Marsh, Wade, Doherty, Hogg, Lee, McKay.

  • world.cricketer on January 31, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    1.sehwag, 2.gambir, 3.raina, 4.virat, 5.rohit, 6.dhoni, 7.jadeja, 8.irfan, 9.ashwin, 10.praveen, 11.umesh. this team has so many batting and bowling options.

  • mahesh9999 on January 31, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    For india to perform well in any form of cricket bcci should restrict IPL to 25 days

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    why cant we have both pathan and jadeja and leave out vinay kumar......and its will be better to play rahul sharma than aswin...aswin is talented....but rahul is the man to watch out for

  • Haleos on January 31, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    India should select both Jadeja and Irfan and leave out Vinay. Irfan can bowl 4 overs and bats. Vinay would be useless in 20-20.

  • dunger.bob on January 31, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I guess a lot of people might be saying something along the lines of "why do the Aussies criticise other countries for having old players, then go and select a 40 yo spinner in their T20 team. One of the other bowlers in kinda old too". .... yeah, well, don't worry there are more than a few Aussies scratching their heads about that too. ... to be fair to Hoggy he does have the form on the board and the next T20 world cup is not far away - so, I suppose, why the hell not. .. it's just that obviously he won't be around for the one after that. .... so I guess this is one of those short-medium term plans they were talking about. .. actually having thought about it a bit more I'm starting to like it. Form is form and if you're good enough you're old enough and all that stuff (apparently it works in reverse as well, good to hear). .. just hope Hoggy doesn't disgrace himself cause he was a really effective, entertaining and valuable player in his heyday.

  • GMathews on January 31, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    to get rid of test series loss disgrace COMMON INDIA WIN TWO T20 MATCHES AND 3 NATIONS ONEDAY SERIES..all the best

  • gannyboy on January 31, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Drop Vinay and play both Pathan and Jadeja they strengthen batting as well as the bowling unit and if possible drop Sehwag and play Manoj Tiwari even if he doesnt score runs he will surely save 10 to 15 runs on the field.

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Irfan Pathan good for oneday, please include Jadeja, he is in form now, MY GOD WHERE IS YUSUF PATHAN HIDING!!!!

  • WellwisherINDIA on January 31, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja / Irfan Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    TWO CHANGES REQUIRED:- 10. RAHUL SHARMA - NO VINAY KUMAR 7. IRFAN PATHAN - NO RAVINDRA JADEJA believe in your SPIN strength India.

  • chickenpoo on January 31, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Very interesting, only 2 players from the Australian test team are playing, so its a totally new squad. India have a good chance, lets hope Bailey can live up to expectations

  • Sandt on January 31, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Vinay Kumar Ahead of Irfan Pathan. Is this a joke.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    I doubt vinay kumar to be in probable 11...... i will rather play irfan ahead of him... and playe jadeja and ashwin both........ that will strengthen the batting and fielding of the team.............. hope we do well in T20s nd ODIs following ......

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    India did not win the 1st two t20's played against australia . It won only the 1st one .Australia won the 2nd t20 match when india took on australia after the border gavaskar trophy in 2007-2008. it was an embarrassing loss for india as they were bowled only for jut some 70 odd runs. The stats and trivia state - 'Australia and India have met in four T20s for two wins each - the first two went India's way and Australia won the second two' which is not true

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    APART BY WINNING T20 WORLD CUP IN 2007 INDIA HAD DONE NOTHING SPECIAL IN THIS FORMAT,WERE AS APART FROM NOT WINNING T20 WORLD IN THEIR THREE ATTEMPTS AUSTRALIA HAVE DONE NEAR PERFECT IN THIS FORMAT

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 31, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I think you can take Finch out and add Doherty. Doherty is in fine form while Finch's form is ordinary. I also think that Mitch Marsh and Dan Christian will both play, with Brett Lee the man to miss out, as Lee is somewhat out of form right now. I'd like to think that Shaun Marsh shouldn't play but since he is in the squad I think he'll be given a shot. But if he doesn't then Finch may take his place. Shaun Marsh is sure to open if he does play. My team: 1 David Warner, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Travis Birt, 4 David Hussey, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Daniel Christian, 7 Mitchell Marsh, 8 Matthew Wade (wk), 9 James Faulkner, 10 Brad Hogg, 11 Xavier Doherty

  • ARad on January 31, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Vinay Kumar?! VINAY Kumar??!! VINAY KUMAR???!!!

  • world.cricketer on January 31, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    i wish all the best to both the teams to play good and entertaining cricket. hope india wins.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 31, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    play jadeja and irfan; drop vinay kumar....they can then bat till no.9 - ashwin....even praveen can swing his bat....no vinay pls

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Aussies ll be favourites and the grounds are big and it will be tough for Indian youngsters to make a mark in first match itself.. They can use it as a warmup for ODIs.. Everything depends on the bowlers and how they manage to break into middle order.. Warner ll remain the main dangerman as he can take away the match before the opponents realize it went away.. Middle order is a bit inexperienced in international level but playing in home always help.. Regarding Indian bowling, i would rather keep Irfan/Vinay.. RJ is vastly improved and can be very useful in middle overs considering the fact spin was more successful in BBL..

  • SG_YOGIBEAR on January 31, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Come on India!!!!! Everything is part of the game....

  • atuljain1969 on January 31, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    With so much talk about giving chance to young players for grooming them , it is strange that at present all the nations are playing either there juniors or A team with different countries, but Indian "A" or junior team is not seen playing anywhere.

    At any time India has a pool of at least 100-200 players in both the sections, hence they should be on their way to different countries gaining that experience, if cricket is to remain a high earning sports for BCCI and Indian cricketers.

  • montado900 on January 31, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    What may happen now is we may somehow win the Tri-Series and then all the shameful losses will be swept under the carpet by the concerned people. I thought atleast our legends like Sachin, VVS, Dravid were men of pride and would retire gracefully. The hype of Sachin's 100th 100 has caused Rahane's place in the team. Players like Dhoni, gambhir, Sehwag have taken their places for granted, also to the indian fans. Mediocre players like Parthiv, Jadeja are selected thanx to Dhoni.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    India will miss yuvraj singh in this format...............

  • johnathonjosephs on January 31, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Shaun Marsh still isn't dropped????

  • bipulkumar on January 31, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Why Vinay Kumar and Jadeja/Pathan ... why not Jadeja and Pathan.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Its Pay Back Time Austraila we won this time with our young gungs wait for lose against india and srilanka we will win T20 and One dayers Jak de INDIA!

  • elminzo on January 31, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    There is the option of playing Irfan Pathan in place of Vinay Kumar and have Irfan and Ashwin bat at 8 & 9 respectively. Also, what happened to Aaron? Can anyone in the cricinfo staff inform us about his injury status and when is he likely to make a comeback?

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 31, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Of course, we can drop Irfan for Jadeja. (But *please* make sure that Vinay is in the XI).

  • rahulcricket007 on January 31, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    HMMM . SO ACCORDING TO REPORT EITHER PATHAN OR JADEJA WILL PLAY IN THIS MATCH BUT SPOT FOR VINAY KUMAR IS FIXED , HE WILL SURELY PLAY IN THSI MATCH . LOL . IF THIS IS TRUE THEN WE WILL SURELY LOSE THIS MATCH EASILY . & THE FIGURES OF VUNAY KUMAR WILL BE 4-0-47-0 . PLEASE SELECT IRFAN PATHAN INSTEAD OF THAT USELESS VINAY . MY IDEAL XI: GAMBHIR , SEHWAG,KOHLI , RAINA , ROHIT , DHONI , JADDU , PATHAN , ASHWIN , PRAVEEN , UMESH . IN THIS LINE UP FROM NO.1 TO NO. 10 ALL CAN BAT & HIT BIG ( EXCEPT DHONI) .

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is the best T20 bowler ever.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja , 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Irfan Pathan, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    If this is the team we can have 2 all rouder as Jadeja & Irfan Pathan !!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 31, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    IF INDIA INCLUDE VINAY KUMAR IN THE TEAM THEY WILL DEFINITELY LOSE . PLASE SELECT IRFAN PATHAN INSTEAD OF THAT JOKER VINAY OTHERWISE WARNER WILL HIT 20- 30 RUNS IN HIS ONE OVER .

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    All the Best Raina..........

  • sandy_bangalore on January 31, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    The BIGGESTfear of many Indian cricket fans: One victory here in this hit-and-giggle format, and the nightmare of the last 2 months will be conveniently forgotten by the men who mattter(bcci, sponsors and selectors) and every single frigging thing will be swept under the carpet. For the sake of Indian cricket, I hope we are beaten in this too, or else the proposed structural changes will NEVER,EVER take place.

  • Ramesh0708 on January 31, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    It is high time we promote only youth to the T20 keeping in eye the T20 world cup later this year... Gambhir is definitely not a T20 player and it would be good if we can keep people like sehwag,ZAK out of the T20 format... Yes,we would not have a good opening pair.. but we need to experiment and try... Patel eventhough with his average performace in ODIs has found a spot in the limited overs version..so we could open with him in T20s as well.. Please stop using ppl like Vinay Kumar... My team for tomorrow keeping in mind the future of Indian Cricket in the least important format of Cricket...

    Rahane,Patel,Kohli,Rohit,Raina,MSD,Jadeja,Ashwin,Irfan,Praveen and Rahul Sharma

    High time we show some difference in team management and produce results different from the test series !!!

  • nskaile on January 31, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    V. Kumar? Seriously? So india gonna go wid 3 spinners in AUS? Jadeja, Ashwin and V. Kumar lollllllll

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    My Team : Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8. Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

  • jonesy2 on January 31, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    i think you will find that bailey's record stands up and over most international players around the world. wow you have faulkner at 11? how do you not know he is an allrounder? does anyone who writes on cricifo know anything about cricket at all? i see australia destroying india's bowling and hoggy and lee taking care of the rest. team should be: s marsh, warner, finch/birt, m marsh, hussey, bailey, wade, faulkner, lee, hogg, doherty/mckay

  • VickGower on January 31, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Both Vinay Kumar & Umesh Yadav?! Are those two the best seaming 20/20 options India has? Don't know how rusty Irfan is. But if healthy, perhaps he should play with Jadeja at the cost of one of those seamers.

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    With rain forecast for the whole of tomorrow, it looks impossible that we might be able to gauge the abilities of the new look Aussie side. :(

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  • on January 31, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    With rain forecast for the whole of tomorrow, it looks impossible that we might be able to gauge the abilities of the new look Aussie side. :(

  • VickGower on January 31, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Both Vinay Kumar & Umesh Yadav?! Are those two the best seaming 20/20 options India has? Don't know how rusty Irfan is. But if healthy, perhaps he should play with Jadeja at the cost of one of those seamers.

  • jonesy2 on January 31, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    i think you will find that bailey's record stands up and over most international players around the world. wow you have faulkner at 11? how do you not know he is an allrounder? does anyone who writes on cricifo know anything about cricket at all? i see australia destroying india's bowling and hoggy and lee taking care of the rest. team should be: s marsh, warner, finch/birt, m marsh, hussey, bailey, wade, faulkner, lee, hogg, doherty/mckay

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    My Team : Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8. Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

  • nskaile on January 31, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    V. Kumar? Seriously? So india gonna go wid 3 spinners in AUS? Jadeja, Ashwin and V. Kumar lollllllll

  • Ramesh0708 on January 31, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    It is high time we promote only youth to the T20 keeping in eye the T20 world cup later this year... Gambhir is definitely not a T20 player and it would be good if we can keep people like sehwag,ZAK out of the T20 format... Yes,we would not have a good opening pair.. but we need to experiment and try... Patel eventhough with his average performace in ODIs has found a spot in the limited overs version..so we could open with him in T20s as well.. Please stop using ppl like Vinay Kumar... My team for tomorrow keeping in mind the future of Indian Cricket in the least important format of Cricket...

    Rahane,Patel,Kohli,Rohit,Raina,MSD,Jadeja,Ashwin,Irfan,Praveen and Rahul Sharma

    High time we show some difference in team management and produce results different from the test series !!!

  • sandy_bangalore on January 31, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    The BIGGESTfear of many Indian cricket fans: One victory here in this hit-and-giggle format, and the nightmare of the last 2 months will be conveniently forgotten by the men who mattter(bcci, sponsors and selectors) and every single frigging thing will be swept under the carpet. For the sake of Indian cricket, I hope we are beaten in this too, or else the proposed structural changes will NEVER,EVER take place.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    All the Best Raina..........

  • rahulcricket007 on January 31, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    IF INDIA INCLUDE VINAY KUMAR IN THE TEAM THEY WILL DEFINITELY LOSE . PLASE SELECT IRFAN PATHAN INSTEAD OF THAT JOKER VINAY OTHERWISE WARNER WILL HIT 20- 30 RUNS IN HIS ONE OVER .

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja , 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Irfan Pathan, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    If this is the team we can have 2 all rouder as Jadeja & Irfan Pathan !!