Australia in India 2013-14 October 7, 2013

Australia bank on IPL experience

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Australia arrived in India hoping for a hat-trick of ODI series wins here but are aware that they have arrived with perhaps the least experienced side of the past two decades. At their first press conference, though, the new captain-coach combination of George Bailey and Steve Rixon stressed on the one advantage previous touring sides lacked: a familiarity with Indian conditions and players, thanks to the T20 phenomenon that is the IPL and Champions League.

The 14-member squad has a combined experience of 627 ODI caps going into the series, less than the combined caps of India's three most experienced cricketers in the squad: MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. However, Australia did have five representatives in Sunday's Champions League final - Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Coulter-Nile - as opposed to just two from India's squad.

While the IPL, and its extension, the Champions League, has leveled the playing field somewhat, Bailey sought to downplay the importance of any perceived advantage. Bailey, who along with coach Steve Rixon has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings set-up, were both present at the team's first media interaction. Both Bailey and Rixon have worked closely with the likes of Dhoni, Raina, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

"One of the great things about IPL over the years is we have played in a lot of grounds against the best players," The Australian captain said. "All of us have played with and against a lot of the Indian players and vice-versa. We know a lot of strengths and weaknesses, a lot about personalities.[There are] some advantages for both the teams, so [there are] some areas to try and exploit."

Having been a part of the Pune Warriors set-up, Callum Ferguson, who has come in for injured Michael Clarke, and Aaron Finch would know more than a thing or two about Yuvraj's game. So will all-rounder Moises Henriques' close proximity with Virat Kohli, Jaydev Unadkat and Vinay Kumar, after being a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore set-up last season.

"Having been involved in Champions League Twenty20, we have seen the likes of Suresh Raina [and] the way he is playing," Rixon said. "We have seen the likes of Dhoni [and] the way he is playing, and also Ashwin. We still have to be able to combat that. We have got plenty of hard work to do. The advantage, as George rightly said, is we have got to see them regularly now. We have got more [of a] chance of actually combating that."

"A lot more of the Indians would have played in that tournament (Champions League). That is the advantage of having everyone playing. We have been fortunate to have five of them playing. We are in a reasonable position. End result is the guys who have not been playing a lot of cricket, [we can] get them up and ready leading into the T20 and seven ODIs. Once that happens, we are ready for the contest."

It is this familiarity with the conditions that might work in favour of the Australians in the battle between the top two ODI sides in the world. Stressing that "combating those players" who they know very well is important, Rixon was looking forward to taking the chance of displacing India from the top of the rankings chart.

"That is the character of this team. At the end of the day, we obviously sit back and want to be part of that No. 1 team," Rixon, who has taken charge of the squad temporarily after Darren Lehmann returned home, said. "To look at the tournament, not just a tournament but a chance to be No. 1 in the world in one of the three formats, it is very important for the players, very important for the coaching staff, and very important for CA (Cricket Australia)."

After arriving in Mumbai on Saturday night, the nine players were involved in a light warm-up session on Sunday afternoon, and had their first full training session on Monday morning ahead of the lone Twenty20 to be played in Rajkot on October 10. Before leaving for Rajkot Tuesday evening, the Australians, who will be joined by the five CLT20 stars, will have one last session in Mumbai tomorrow morning.

Both Bailey and Rixon realised it was a monumental task to repeat the 2007 and 2009 feats and surpass India as the top ODI team in the world, especially with a young team under a young leader. Add to that the absence of Michael Clarke, and the top ranking appears like a distant dream, at least at the start of the series. So what does Clarke's absence mean for the Australian team? "You take Dhoni out, that probably answers your question," was Rixon's tongue-in-cheek reply.

Top ranking aside, the series, sandwiched between two Ashes campaigns, and criticised as ill-timed by former Australia skipper Ian Chappell, has been billed as one that would act as a stepping stone towards Australia's 2015 World Cup campaign. At the same time, some are hoping that consistent performances over the next three weeks in India would put some of the fringe players, including Bailey, in with a chance of earning an Ashes call-up. Bailey, however, preferred to put the Ashes thoughts on the backburner. "I think it is [a stepping stone] towards the 2015 World Cup," Bailey confirmed.

"We have got some guys here who have been in the Ashes side and some guys who will be pushing for the Ashes side. To be honest, [the Ashes] is a month away. Eight games here is a long way to go. We have got a round of first-class matches to go [through] back home, so a lot go through before we start our focus on the Ashes. There's plenty of guys back in Australia who are already starting their focus on the Ashes. As far as this tournament goes, more focus is on the preparation for the 2015 World Cup."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • class9ryan on October 8, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    This series could well find the Australia's pace trio for WC 2015. I think McKay looks a fixture for now. But Nathan Coulter Nile might well press for a case. Mitchell Johnson should regain his zipp and there will always be a threat for death bowlers like Faulkner to bowl at likes of Dhoni, Raina. If Faulkner manages to perform here in placid conditions, he would be a tough nut to remove from this ODI Team.

  • AKS286 on October 8, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Mr-M-Vaughan on (October 8, 2013, 11:17 GMT) Fella Whatever i said is true, same words was said by me before champions trophy and India won CT. I praise sports not a particular country. And also I'm not an Indian. The oz team that you are talking is over, now its just a squib team.

  • on October 8, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    it is not a hat-trick series, in 2010, australians were here to play 2 tests, 1T20 & 3 ODIs and they lost those series.

  • siddhartha87 on October 8, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    On paper Australia may look weaker but i am sure with their rough and tough attitude they will win couple of matches. They may even end up winning the series. When last time Australia played India in India they missed several key players . McCay made debut in that series and gave match winning performance in the epic Hyderabad battle. White became an instant hit in that series. Marsh rose in that series.Sehwag and Gambhir were clueless in that series.

  • Yes.Valkyries on October 8, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    2015 WC still almost two years to go. This time is enough to see many changes in every team. Aus & NZ pitches favours pace bowling, so beware & warning- African Deadly Barrage(Steyn, Phil, Morkel, Tsotsobe, De Lange, Abbott & Morris) is coming.... Ok now on the topic If Australia is taking this series as a practice (surprisingly Sub-continent is opposite of Aus & NZ) then why they don't try Cosgrove, Doolan, White, Smith, Quiney, etc instead of Hughes. Hughes how much time & opportunity he Wants? Better to replace Hughes with Cosgrove or SPD Smith.

  • Mr-M-Vaughan on October 8, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @AKS286 , spoken like a true Indian patriot. Too bad you don't know anything about the Australian players.

  • jonesy2 on October 8, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    about bloody time ferguson is in the team and its only by default. ridiculous.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    i think bangladesh will win this series. zimbabwe also has chance. but madan lal and shivlal yadav are key for Kenya. I also hope richie richardson and curtly ambrose get their debut for this series for new zealand.

  • on October 8, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    ipl may help aussie team....they had good bowling unit compare to india i think...mitchel against i.sharma...mc.kay against v.kumar...coulternile against b.kumar...spin adavantages india...but all over world know how aswin n jadeja conceeded runs poor bowlers

  • Blade-Runner on October 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @sachinisawesome ; During last 5 years, India against Australia - LOST 7 - won 5 - NR - 1. During last 5 years, Sri Lanka against Australia - WON - 11 , lost - 9 , NR -2 . LOL . So Australians will be glad to play India than Sri Lanka. "courtesy of Statsguru" . Ciao !!! LOL

  • class9ryan on October 8, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    This series could well find the Australia's pace trio for WC 2015. I think McKay looks a fixture for now. But Nathan Coulter Nile might well press for a case. Mitchell Johnson should regain his zipp and there will always be a threat for death bowlers like Faulkner to bowl at likes of Dhoni, Raina. If Faulkner manages to perform here in placid conditions, he would be a tough nut to remove from this ODI Team.

  • AKS286 on October 8, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Mr-M-Vaughan on (October 8, 2013, 11:17 GMT) Fella Whatever i said is true, same words was said by me before champions trophy and India won CT. I praise sports not a particular country. And also I'm not an Indian. The oz team that you are talking is over, now its just a squib team.

  • on October 8, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    it is not a hat-trick series, in 2010, australians were here to play 2 tests, 1T20 & 3 ODIs and they lost those series.

  • siddhartha87 on October 8, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    On paper Australia may look weaker but i am sure with their rough and tough attitude they will win couple of matches. They may even end up winning the series. When last time Australia played India in India they missed several key players . McCay made debut in that series and gave match winning performance in the epic Hyderabad battle. White became an instant hit in that series. Marsh rose in that series.Sehwag and Gambhir were clueless in that series.

  • Yes.Valkyries on October 8, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    2015 WC still almost two years to go. This time is enough to see many changes in every team. Aus & NZ pitches favours pace bowling, so beware & warning- African Deadly Barrage(Steyn, Phil, Morkel, Tsotsobe, De Lange, Abbott & Morris) is coming.... Ok now on the topic If Australia is taking this series as a practice (surprisingly Sub-continent is opposite of Aus & NZ) then why they don't try Cosgrove, Doolan, White, Smith, Quiney, etc instead of Hughes. Hughes how much time & opportunity he Wants? Better to replace Hughes with Cosgrove or SPD Smith.

  • Mr-M-Vaughan on October 8, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @AKS286 , spoken like a true Indian patriot. Too bad you don't know anything about the Australian players.

  • jonesy2 on October 8, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    about bloody time ferguson is in the team and its only by default. ridiculous.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    i think bangladesh will win this series. zimbabwe also has chance. but madan lal and shivlal yadav are key for Kenya. I also hope richie richardson and curtly ambrose get their debut for this series for new zealand.

  • on October 8, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    ipl may help aussie team....they had good bowling unit compare to india i think...mitchel against i.sharma...mc.kay against v.kumar...coulternile against b.kumar...spin adavantages india...but all over world know how aswin n jadeja conceeded runs poor bowlers

  • Blade-Runner on October 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @sachinisawesome ; During last 5 years, India against Australia - LOST 7 - won 5 - NR - 1. During last 5 years, Sri Lanka against Australia - WON - 11 , lost - 9 , NR -2 . LOL . So Australians will be glad to play India than Sri Lanka. "courtesy of Statsguru" . Ciao !!! LOL

  • on October 8, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Australia's batting looks ok with Finch, Watson and Bailey all capable of matchwinning knocks and Voges and Haddin capable as good support players though Clarke's absence could hurt their middle order. I'd tip McKay and Faulkner to be heavily relied upon with their variation and Guile with bowlers such as Coulter-Nile and Mitch Johnson maybe feeling like fish out of water in conditions unfavourable to out and out pace. India seem to lack solid seam options and if Australia's power hitters of Finch and Watson come to grip's with their spinners then Australia could cash in with some big totals which they will probably need against an intimidating batting lineup. I've almost no doubt that Faulkner and McKay will perform but if Mitch Johnson can bowl smart as well then that could be the key difference for Aus. Conversely; if India's spinners tie down and dominate Australia's power hitters then it will be Advantage India.

  • AKS286 on October 8, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Indians are favourite because their avg. and most important their S/R of top 6 are awesome this makes them strong in limited over game. If i look at the bowling attack which looks like fuber but very effective. Their gentle medium pace bowlers looks like very dangerous. If Australia want to capture this series then they need big scores (one plus point is absence of Clarke with very rare centuries and mid 70s S/R which is not ideal for ODI) and bowling accuracy in sub-continent. If Oz want to bowl fast then bowl like Steyn, Morkel, De Lange which is impossible for Oz or bowl with line and length. Only Johnson look likes good. Finch, Moises, Watson, Bailey, Voges, Hughes, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Mckay, Doherty.

  • naruto_senju on October 8, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    @Jagger : here we go again.... talking all the old stuff of winning world cups.... yes you won when you had gaints in your team..... now you dont.... this is the time tyou need to groom YOUR team for 2015 WC, its in your home land right, you dont want your team to be defeated in your backyard.... india has a talent pool, and many are waiting to enter international arena.... so better luck for AUS.... tough times ahead mate.....

  • on October 8, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Reporter how they can win Hat-trick of ODI series win in India

    2007 Australia won the 7-match ODI series 4-2

    2009 Australia won the 7-match ODI series 4-2

    2010 India won the 3-match ODI series 1-0 (that's because 2 matches got washed out)

    PLEASE CORRECT IT!!!

  • on October 8, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Who to bet on for the t20 Aus or India??? Need your help bros..

  • naruto_senju on October 8, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    i am not here to predict any stuff like 6-1 , 7-0 for india.....i know its not possible.... both teams are strong, both are young, no.1 and no.2..... you would expect strong fight between both.... its possible that result will be 3-4 be it with india or aus... there will be strong fight... everything lies in the hands of indian spinners and australian seamers.... all the best for both teams.... go india

  • sachinisawesome on October 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @ blade-runner Do you realise its a 7 match series. And its INDIA playing AUS. not Sri lanka playing Aus. that it will loose 5-0. India is the no. 1 team in the world. I know you are hurting becoz we beat Sri lanka in every part of the world.

  • naruto_senju on October 8, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    i hope to see these guys after tournament ... names " @Albert_cambel " ," @blade-runner " .... they seem to be good at predictions..... i ant to have some predictions about lankan and SA teams in future..... please guys stay here after the tournament.... cricinfo publish...

  • on October 8, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    When India won the last series against Australia in India in 2010 1-0, how could it be a prospect of a hat-trick series wins for Australia now?

  • ReverseSweepIndia on October 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    my fellow India friends, it would be better if we do not jump the gun and predict scorelines like 7-0 etc. That's not gonna happen. Nor India neither Aus can win with that margin. Because what we are seeing here are #1 & #2 ranked teams and justifiable world's top 2 team at the moment. Both have some world class players in rank. A guy like Watto, may not have found his feet till date in Tests, just like Yuvi, but both of them can turn around a game in span of 5 overs. Its going to be a really competitive series and end result will be something like 4-3 in our favor, but it can go Aus favor too as well. To end this series as say 5-2, I would say one team has to play very poorly otherwise it is going to 4-3 either way. One side kick, if score anyhow happened 7-0 by any chance even this form of game will be dead soon.

  • luvmyindia on October 8, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    My aussie brothers r 4geting that u all r losing most of the matches u r playing nowadays.Your champion league campaign was a disaster,your teams also lost all the matches,in this situation i just can say "good luck" to u all and happy losing.. :D :D

  • shashi_dhoni on October 8, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Dear my friend Jagger..... I agree aussies have dominated world cricket for past 10 years when they have likes of mcgrath, warne , gillli , ricky... they all are part of the team in three world cup wins... but as of now southafrica have dominated test cricket and India have dominated odi cricket.... it will be very difficult for aussies to regain No 1 team in any other format for next few years untill they get players like the above.... so dont dream of a series win india and also world cup win in 2015 even though you are host....

  • India_boy on October 8, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @Jagger...you are talking about something which happened 6 years ago. That Aus team was a champion, this Aus team resembles the Zim team which got whooped 5-0 by the Indian B team. you will have to have a miracle to even run us close in this series. And if we go by your theory, Ind won the penultimate CB series in Aus, so you should be worried a bit as well. @blade-runner....stay here buddy, don't go anywhere, we would love to see your face after winning the series 5-2. We have gotten tired of beating SL in every part of the world. BTW, it's a 7 match series, so unless you are expecting rains to spoil 2 matches, I dont see how Aus will win 5-0. cricinfo pls publish

  • Albert_cambell on October 8, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Aussies will Crush them for sure. Johnson will take easy wickets and improve his bowling average in this series for sure.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on October 8, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Don't really understand what the fuss is all about. India are the reigning world champions. The #1 team in the world. The team that, recently, dominated every other team in the ICC champions trophy held in "ENGLAND". If you want the top spot, come get it off us. At least, try for it. Don't make random statements on whether or not India deserve the #1 spot.

  • on October 8, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Showing confidence in our own country men is good but australia is not the side whome we used to look at them as superover but now the time is of india so i expect 5-0 or 4-1 indian win

  • popcorn on October 8, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    India ignore the Class of this Aussie Team at their peril.I predict that Australia will trounce India in this 7 match Series. Though meaningless from the point of view of The Ashes, Australia will reclaim the Number One ODI Ranking.

  • gsingh7 on October 8, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    australia will lose big in india as they still remember recent 4-0 whitewash at hands of indians in test series. moreover dhoni and co ar eused to homeconditions and indians have best record in odis at home in the world. for example, england lost 19 of last 21 odis played in india vs india australia will do well to win even 1 match during this series . my predictions wud be 6-1 or 7-0 win to india. last series was won 1-0 by india in 2010.

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 8, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    T20 Indian batting is super strong. To me the top 4 are Dhawan, Kohli, Raina and Dhoni- then add the best next 2- Yuvraj and Rohit. This is easily the best 6 India has now. The best 5 bowlers we have are Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant, Vinay and Bhuvi. From a team selection persepctive, this XI is easily the best we have right now. A pacer- all rounder is what India lacks now. Binny or Irfan, unfortunately don't belong here, at least not yet for Binny.

  • landl47 on October 8, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    There seems to be some confusion in this article. Having fewer caps does not necessarily mean having less experience, as the article later makes clear. And this is not a 'young side with a young captain'. Bailey is 31 and there are 6 others over 30. Only 3 are under 25 and two of those, Hughes and Maxwell, will be 25 in the next few weeks. That's a mature side.

    I hope they are competitive, but it's hard to see them winning.

    @Jagger- haven't you been following cricket recently? India has already blooded its next generation of players- Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Ashwin, Jadeja, B. Kumar, etc. It's Australia that is still struggling to find a new set of players to take over from the great sides of the late 1990s/early 2000s.

  • bobagorof on October 8, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Blade-Runner: Warner isn't in the squad for this series. With his form in recent matches, though, that may be a plus for Australia.

  • on October 8, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Warner, Watson, Bailey and Maxwell are gonna destroy the Indian bowling attack? May be. Surely Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina and Dhoni are gonna be facing the best Australian bowling attack since Thomo and Lillee, isn't it? It'll be a major achievement if the roos can win a match or two out of the 7.

  • kapowie on October 7, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    before everyone gets too excited, the author is talking about Australian hatrick of ODI series win, nothing to do with successive wins against India. Just relax guys, yes India won in 2010.

  • ShutTheGate on October 7, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    @ Blade Runner

    Do you realise that Warner has not been selected and that its an 8 match series not a 5?

  • on October 7, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    @jagger we saw what australia is capable of in worldcup as well as in england.Indian team is quite consistent with a wonderful captaincy as well as batting. Coming to bowling we have SIR jadeja.

  • Sathyasing on October 7, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Both series win and loss by the Aussie team will have an impact on the ashes return series.I guess the timing is not correct.But its gonna be a hard fight for both the teams.

  • Blade-Runner on October 7, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    I predict that Aussies are gonna win the series by a landslide. Warner, Watson, Bailey, Maxwell n so on have had a plenty of experience playing on Indian flat tracks. With the kinda bowling options India have got, It will be next to impossible for Indian bowlers to stop the pending total annihilation. 5-0 in favor of Aussies on the card.

  • Jagger on October 7, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Our Indian friends should remember we won three World Cups in a row away from home before your country had your recent success. That winning streak made Australia the undisputed champion ODI nation; and in all likeliness that honour will remain so for a very long time to come.

    You blokes will do well to consider... you will not be playing at home in the 2015 World Cup. Its time to blood your next generation of ODI cricketers.

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @r-u-4 real nick, I don't think our test line up is going to resemble our odi team at all... Anyway our odi team is probably far better at what they do anyway. You keep banging on about it but which batsmen would you pick in an Aussie test xi that aren't on the fringes of or in our odi side? Rogers and who else? The pickings are pretty slim.

    @cpt.meanster, I am not so sure about fast bowling in this one, particularly if McKay can not adjust to the conditions. If he is going poorly and Johnson has a bad day we will leak many runs. Of course they could always bowl well too and I hope they do. I am expecting Doherty to be smashed out of the attack fast and often. I actually think our batting will be okay, the Indian bowling attack is not that great and the pitches should be true, the bowling is the big risk.

  • on October 7, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    It is Gonna be a Hard time for the mighty Aussies,

  • on October 7, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    it is not a hat-trick series, in 2010, australians were here to play 2 tests, 1T20 & 3 ODIs and they lost those series.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 7, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    This isn't news at all - haven't Australia been banking on IPL and short-formats in general for everything these days? The test team will be pretty much the same team they field for the ODI's anyway, or worse still they'll have the likes of Warner in tests and 'rest' players like him from the short formats...

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 7, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    The IPL is very different to playing as an international side in India. It is indeed true that some of the Aussie players have experience in Indian conditions BUT I am not so sure about their endurance and mental toughness against this Indian team. India will definitely win this series but Australia could surprise them in a game or two. Some Australian fans are not even interested in this series given its scheduling before the Ashes series. But, that also gives the Australians the licence to play freely without heavy public expectation. Team India are on a high and almost all players are in fine form. As always, Australia's strength will be their fast bowling. I am expecting a competitive series with an Indian win as the outcome.

  • ADARSH100 on October 7, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    So it doesnot mean that only Australian players get the advantage of knowing the Indian players becoz of playing in IPL or CLT20, but vice-versa too. Australia is a young team and has huge potential but i feel it is India who gets the series. All most all the batsmen in the squad are in good form. Feilding is awesome. The problem is bowling dept. Hope Jadeja regains his confidence and forgets his CLT20. India lacks a good fast bowler who can bowl consistently above 135. India has to find atleast 3 bowlers within a year coz 2015 Worldcup is in Australia supporting pace bowlers.

    Whatever, i feel India will win the series even if the team loses in t20.

    My playing XI : Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravinchandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Ishanth Sharma.

  • ladycricfan on October 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    List A averages: Abinav mukund 50, murali vijay 43, ajinkya Rahane 36, Rohit sharma 35 Why mukund was never given chances in odi?

  • on October 7, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    How Australia Will Create Hat trick series wins in India. They have Lost 1-0 in # match Series back in 2010 .

    1st Match - Kochi - Washout 2nd Match -Vizag- India Won 3rd Match - Margao - Washout

  • half_blood-prince on October 7, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    how can he compare clarke with dhoni?

  • on October 7, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Australia has a young and dangerous side and can easily defeat India.what concerns is me not Indias batting but the bowling . ishant Sharma has to be one of the most mediocre ODI bowlers .even in helpful conditions in England he rarely bowls well .In India he is even worse . Ashwin is ok,Jadeja not bowling well recently .I dont know who will be fifth bowler besides Bhuvaneshwar but as Dhoni likes to play 3 seamers it might be Vinay Kumar who is also below average .Unadkat or Amit Mishra would be better .Abhishek Nayar would have been a better selection as an allrounder.

  • 1st_april on October 7, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    you know that the tour is fatuous when one of the captains uses an old chestnut like "stepping stone"....lolz....Good Luck Aussies....hopefully you will win in India and then by law of averages lose the Ashes to us :-P

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    tthey want to utilize IPL experience and still they dont want HODGE in their team.... he is old, but still he is better than any other batsmen in aus right now.... i bet he can play till 2015 WC.... you need exoerience guys..... you just cant come with some no name younsters to india and beat india???? are you kidding??? any way all the best...hope to see some good cricket.. and ofcourse my support for my team INDIA...

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Actually its a very good chance for the Aussies to restore some pride that they lost during their last series. India thrushed them 4-0 in that. I think even without Clarke they are a good team. if they manage the spin trio of Aswin, Jadeja and Yuvi then I think thay can dislodge india from no1 position. As it is starting of the season pitches will be fresh and will have bounce and carry. So good Australian pace attack may be more effective .I am expecting good fight from Australia this time.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Clarke will he missed. Its a loss for Aussie that hussey's play and they need someone like Brad Hodge or may be andrew simon kinda guy would do.

  • jimwhatever on October 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    good article. but the first sentence is historically wrong. aus had lost a series in india 1-0 after 2009

  • VVSR92 on October 7, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Aussies are going to have a hard time ahead & may taste an odd success when someone like watson,finch fire big.Else early wickets would leave them in a repair situation.I predict India woud win 5-2 in odi's.

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    This young Aus side is dangerous and have decent pace bowling attack. If they some how manage to bat well. They can give Indians run for their money.

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    If Australian team to earn any pride of Indian tour, they will need to call Hussy and Brad hodge for the ODI team and again they regain the lost confidence and maintain their dominance, without doing so I think the strength of Indian team and the captaincy of Dhoni would be a real nightmare to the Australian team. We still believe the best cricket team is undoubtedly Australia and having said that I can't forget the number of superstars and match winners in Indian cricket team and arguably a spirited team only can beat India not a talented team. As far as talent is concerned Indians are far ahead in Indian conditions and confidence they have after the CL is even greater than anyone around in world cricket, like Rohith Sharma, Dhoni, Rehane, Yuwaraj, Jadeja, Ashwin and youngsters like Samson, Thambe and other notable players. Experience of Hussy while Clark is away is very important and Hussy has lot to offer for Australia. Hodge is experienced and suited for Indian conditions.

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    It might help a little, but as we all know, ODI is a different game than T20. Also, I was a little startled that Aus are still no2 in ODIs... I can't imagine that will last for too long :) India I'm not surprised are no1.

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    It might help a little, but as we all know, ODI is a different game than T20. Also, I was a little startled that Aus are still no2 in ODIs... I can't imagine that will last for too long :) India I'm not surprised are no1.

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    If Australian team to earn any pride of Indian tour, they will need to call Hussy and Brad hodge for the ODI team and again they regain the lost confidence and maintain their dominance, without doing so I think the strength of Indian team and the captaincy of Dhoni would be a real nightmare to the Australian team. We still believe the best cricket team is undoubtedly Australia and having said that I can't forget the number of superstars and match winners in Indian cricket team and arguably a spirited team only can beat India not a talented team. As far as talent is concerned Indians are far ahead in Indian conditions and confidence they have after the CL is even greater than anyone around in world cricket, like Rohith Sharma, Dhoni, Rehane, Yuwaraj, Jadeja, Ashwin and youngsters like Samson, Thambe and other notable players. Experience of Hussy while Clark is away is very important and Hussy has lot to offer for Australia. Hodge is experienced and suited for Indian conditions.

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    This young Aus side is dangerous and have decent pace bowling attack. If they some how manage to bat well. They can give Indians run for their money.

  • VVSR92 on October 7, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Aussies are going to have a hard time ahead & may taste an odd success when someone like watson,finch fire big.Else early wickets would leave them in a repair situation.I predict India woud win 5-2 in odi's.

  • jimwhatever on October 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    good article. but the first sentence is historically wrong. aus had lost a series in india 1-0 after 2009

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Clarke will he missed. Its a loss for Aussie that hussey's play and they need someone like Brad Hodge or may be andrew simon kinda guy would do.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Actually its a very good chance for the Aussies to restore some pride that they lost during their last series. India thrushed them 4-0 in that. I think even without Clarke they are a good team. if they manage the spin trio of Aswin, Jadeja and Yuvi then I think thay can dislodge india from no1 position. As it is starting of the season pitches will be fresh and will have bounce and carry. So good Australian pace attack may be more effective .I am expecting good fight from Australia this time.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    tthey want to utilize IPL experience and still they dont want HODGE in their team.... he is old, but still he is better than any other batsmen in aus right now.... i bet he can play till 2015 WC.... you need exoerience guys..... you just cant come with some no name younsters to india and beat india???? are you kidding??? any way all the best...hope to see some good cricket.. and ofcourse my support for my team INDIA...

  • 1st_april on October 7, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    you know that the tour is fatuous when one of the captains uses an old chestnut like "stepping stone"....lolz....Good Luck Aussies....hopefully you will win in India and then by law of averages lose the Ashes to us :-P

  • on October 7, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Australia has a young and dangerous side and can easily defeat India.what concerns is me not Indias batting but the bowling . ishant Sharma has to be one of the most mediocre ODI bowlers .even in helpful conditions in England he rarely bowls well .In India he is even worse . Ashwin is ok,Jadeja not bowling well recently .I dont know who will be fifth bowler besides Bhuvaneshwar but as Dhoni likes to play 3 seamers it might be Vinay Kumar who is also below average .Unadkat or Amit Mishra would be better .Abhishek Nayar would have been a better selection as an allrounder.