Australia v India, 1st ODI, Perth January 11, 2016

Debuts for Paris, Boland in series opener


Match facts

January 12, 2015
Start time 1120 local (0320 GMT)

Play 05:01
Agarkar: Dhoni still best at No. 6 for India

Big Picture

The last time Australia and India met in an international match, the stakes were enormous. A place in the World Cup final was the prize. Steven Smith's 105 at the SCG set up an Australian victory that ended India's hold on the World Cup, and propelled Australia into a final against New Zealand, in which they would ultimately triumph. That was less than 10 months ago, but much has changed in Australia's one-day setup since then. Gone from that team are Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin, all retired, Mitchell Starc, who is injured, and Shane Watson, who has been dropped. Smith is now the captain, and his side won its only ODI series since the World Cup, against England after the Ashes.

India's 2015 was far less satisfying. After being knocked out of the World Cup, they found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 result in a bilateral series against Bangladesh, and also lost at home to South Africa. Their only ODI series win since the World Cup was against Zimbabwe. Their line-up has undergone far less change than Australia's, though from the XI that lost the World Cup semi-final they will be missing the injured Mohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, as well as Suresh Raina, who was axed after a disappointing series against South Africa. It is against this backdrop that they could blood three new players in this series - the uncapped Barinder Sran, Gurkeerat Singh and Rishi Dhawan. Australia will have two debutants in the opening ODI in Perth, the fast bowlers Joel Paris and Scott Boland.

And so this series begins with a few different names, but enough familiar ones to ensure the Australia-India rivalry will live on. In fact, Channel Nine have been billing this as the summer's most anticipated series, quite a statement for a bilateral one-day series at the wrong end of a World Cup cycle, but such were the broadcaster's low expectations of the Tests against New Zealand and West Indies over the past two months. The prize may not be as valuable as that which was on offer the last time they played, but Australia versus India is always worth watching, whatever the format, whatever the venue.

Form guide

Australia: WLLWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
India: LWLWL

In the spotlight

Joel Paris will make his ODI debut on his home ground at the WACA, although because the Matador Cup is these days played exclusively in the eastern states he has never played a List A game at the venue. Still, Paris knows the WACA well enough to be aware of what works there, as his 14 wickets from two Sheffield Shield games this season prove. The Australians hope that Paris can use the Perth breeze to his advantage in the same way Starc and Johnson have in past years, even if he doesn't quite boast the same pace.

Virat Kohli has an outstanding Test record in Australia, but only averages 15.83 against them in ODIs in their own backyard © Hindustan Times

In the Test series last summer, Virat Kohli proved that he enjoys batting in Australian conditions, scoring four centuries in the four Tests. In fact, in eight Tests in Australia he averages 62.00. But he has struggled to display that same form when playing in Australia against Australia in the one-day format, with an average of 15.83 from seven matches. It is a strange anomaly for Kohli, and one he will be keen to rectify in this series.

Team news

Australia confirmed their XI on the eve of the match, with fast bowlers Paris and Boland both named to make their ODI debuts. Kane Richardson is the fast bowler who misses out, while there was no room for Shaun Marsh in the batting order.

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 George Bailey, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Scott Boland, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Joel Paris

India have come to Australia with just five established specialist batsmen, which means a big opportunity at No. 6 for either Gurkeerat Singh or Manish Pandey. Early indications suggest Gurkeerat is in line for a debut but Pandey presented a strong case with a fifty in the warm-up match. The injury to Mohammed Shami suggests left-arm quick Barinder Sran will get his debut. If India play only two spinners, the fifth bowler to partner Sran, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could be the allrounder Rishi Dhawan, who is yet make his debut, or Ishant Sharma, who is making a return to the limited-overs side.

India (possible): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Gurkeerat Singh/Manish Pandey, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Barinder Sran, 11 Ishant Sharma/Axar Patel/Rishi Dhawan

Pitch and conditions

The WACA pitch is expected to offer pace and bounce, and the forecast for the match is for a top temperature of 26C.

Stats and trivia

  • Since the end of 2008, India have won only one of the six completed ODIs they have played against Australia in Australia
  • India must win at least one of the five ODIs in this series to retain second spot on the ICC one-day international rankings
  • India boast three men currently in the top 10 ODI batting rankings - Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni - while Australia have only one, Glenn Maxwell
  • The last time Australia had two debutants in the same ODI was at the Adelaide Oval in January 2013, when Kane Richardson and Ben Cutting both debuted against Sri Lanka


"Traditionally we like to play a left-armer here who can use the breeze and move the ball so hopefully he'll be able to do that for us tomorrow."
Steven Smith on the inclusion of Joel Paris

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Ronald on January 12, 2016, 6:58 GMT

    As expected, Paris & Boland are out of their depth & why Mitch Marsh keeps getting selected in any format is beyond my understanding. Hopefully an embarrassing defeat, which looks likely, will bring our selectors to their senses.

  • Rajesh on January 12, 2016, 3:33 GMT

    It's time to settle the dust...It's time to show one overrated cricket team where they belongs too..All the Australian fans cheap talk is going to get muted after this series..And for the australian fans who are dreaming about test No.1 ranking,i am already fell off my chair laughing after reading those comments..A team which cannot score more than 60 runs outside Australia and Southafrica(oh wait 47 all out in SA) is pushing for the coveted No.1 test ranking?..what a joke it was!!!Coming newzealand tour once again this team is going to be embarrassed..Before that wait for some royal thrashing by our team this ODI series..Bring it on

  • venkateswaran on January 12, 2016, 3:11 GMT

    We are an amusing nation. We select first choice of 15 players and announce the team. As usual some player gets injured in last minute and we send a replacement player. The twist is even though only 11 players play out of the original 14 players we immediately play the replacement player! Is that mean originally selection was not correct? If correct, why then those players are not selected to play? Who is responsible to answer this question?

  • Priyadarshan on January 12, 2016, 2:55 GMT

    Manish Manish Manishhhh Pls

  • Karan Shreyas Shethna on January 12, 2016, 2:16 GMT

    Rohit dhawan kohli rahane gurk msd jadeja rishi ashwin yadav sran this will be the most ideal team with gurk and manush replacing each other in coming matches

  • John on January 12, 2016, 1:59 GMT

    @Jose_P: thank you for your delightful and poetic response. You are truly the soul of good humour and sportsmanship on these forums.

  • Krishen on January 12, 2016, 1:57 GMT

    CWC 2015 champions AUS are playing ODI series without 5 outstanding players (Clarke, Watson, Haddin, Johnson, Starc) . AUS despite their No.1 ranking & home advantage can't be considered as favourites by any means. IND has an excellent opportunity to win the ODI series and makeup for inconsistent ODI batting performances in 2015. This series may well get decided by whether IND's top 4 will adapt to match situations with atleast one batsman batting long enough .allowing the other batsmen to take score beyond the reach of AUS/ set up an easy chase. If IND does that series victory will not be far away.

  • Sushant on January 12, 2016, 1:40 GMT

    1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Gurkeerat Singh/Manish Pandey, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Umesh Yadav 10 Ishant Sharma 11 Sran / Rishi Dhawan

  • Rahul on January 12, 2016, 1:36 GMT

    I hope the debutatnts do well. I would also love to see Khawaja in the team as he has been the best domestic one day batsman in the last 3 years and is doing amazingly well in the big bash this year too averaging over a 100 at a strike rate close to 150. Hopefully he gets his chance later in the series

  • Tahir on January 12, 2016, 0:05 GMT

    Apart from Sran, I dont see any other youngster making to the indian eleven for this game. It will pretty much be the Champions trophy squad from few years back. However, India should try new talent when aussies are doing the same. If India don't change and aussie young bowlers nail them out easily then there will be no hiding for India in this series. India's five bowlers Sran, Bhuvi, Ishant, Ashwhin, Jadeja.