India v Australia, 1st ODI, Pune October 12, 2013

Questions for both sides in opener

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Match facts

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

If you trace a line through the venues for this ODI series, it starts from western India and runs across the northern, eastern and central parts of the country before culminating in the shape of a question mark in the south. As India and Australia traverse that line for the next three-and-a-half weeks, they will doubtless ask questions of each other. The foremost for Australia will be - can this squad, sorely lacking experience compared to previous sides, come close to matching their limited-overs deeds in India?

The last ODI Australia played in India was the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup. The churn Australian cricket has gone through since then is reflected in the fact that only three members of that XI are part of the current touring party. Previous Australia ODI visits to India have been successful due to two big factors; powerful, dominating batsmen who have taken toll of India's relatively weaker attacks on benign pitches, and bowlers of real pace who have squeezed enough out of those surfaces to prevent the home batsmen from running amok.

Names such as Brett Lee, and later, Doug Bollinger, come to mind, hustling India batsmen with extra speed. Mitchell Johnson is the only such bowler in the present squad, although Nathan Coulter-Nile can produce bursts as well. However, Australia are well served on the power-batting front, Aaron Finch, in Rajkot, providing enough evidence of that.

India's No 1 ODI ranking is on the line, although it will require a 1-6 hammering, something that would leave Australia captain George Bailey "very surprised" if it happens. For MS Dhoni, as always, the question is not how to make runs, but how to prevent them from being made by the opposition. The new ODI rule restricting deep fielders to a maximum of four has only added to his problems. "I don't know where to bring in that one fielder inside in the last ten overs when the batsmen are intent going for the bowlers," Dhoni said. "That's one area where we have to work on. We have to see how to use that channel to put pressure on the opposition."

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In the spotlight

Rohit Sharma has reinvented himself as an ODI opener following successful outings in the Champions Trophy, in the West Indies and in Zimbabwe. The promotion had come at home against England earlier this year. But his strike-rate has taken a beating at the top of the order. The needs in overseas conditions were different, but in Indian conditions, he will be required to provide explosive starts.

The last time Australia toured India for a bilateral ODI series, in 2009, Shane Watson was their highest wicket-taker and third-highest run-getter, after Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting. Those two are no longer around, meaning extra responsibility for Watson. More pertinently, he had an agonizing time during the Test tour earlier this year leading to much upheaval within the team and will have to play a role completely different from the divisive one he did then.

Team news

India have the same squad that played the solitary T20 and should stick to the same XI, unless Vinay Kumar, who hurt his left wrist in Rajkot, fails to recover.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Vinay Kumar/Mohammed Shami/Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ishant Sharma

Callum Ferguson and Phillip Hughes are the additions to the Australia squad from the T20 one. Nic Maddinson impressed on debut in Rajkot, but he isn't part of the ODI group, which means one of Ferguson and Hughes should come in.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Moises Henriques, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile/James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Pitch and conditions

The Maharashtra Cricket Association's new stadium on the outskirts of Pune will make its ODI debut. Its pitch has played notoriously and stubbornly slow and low during IPL seasons. The IPL comes at the end of the season, but even during the early-season Ranji Trophy matches, the venue hasn't seen much life. Last November, Maharashtra declared on 764 for 6. Uttar Pradesh replied with 669 for 7, and their coach Venkatesh Prasad was moved into terming the surface "pathetic", albeit for a four-day match.

The start time for all games this series has been advanced by an hour to 1.30pm to try and counter the autumn's prospect of dewy nights. Before that, the match will have to weather the 50% rain that is forecast for the day, although not much of it is expected in the evening.

Stats and trivia

  • India have won their last eight ODIs
  • The MCA Stadium in Pune will become India's 44th ODI venue. The Nehru Stadium, the old international venue in the city, hosted the last of its 11 matches* in November 2005.

Quotes

"I don't think there's any advantage. It's a nice statistic though but there's no advantage to be gained from this. I don't worry about it too much. I am not really thinking about maintaining the streak."
George Bailey on Australia's ODI record in India

"Australia have good batting depth and can bat up to No 9. That's their strength and that is why in the T20, they were not too concerned about losing wickets and adopted an aggressive approach."
MS Dhoni

*October 13, 0640GMT The number of matches hosted by the Nehru Stadium has been corrected.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SamRoy on October 13, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    God only knows why Dhoni has a lot of love for bowlers Vinay and Ishant in ODIs and Ishant in tests.

  • Aaranya on October 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    I am the supporter of Ashwin. However, when I see him bowling, I never feel that the batsman is getting troubled by his bowling and always think that he is not going to get the wickets....But that could be Ashwin's real strength...as the statistics tells different story.......

  • on October 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    today India win . . . . . .

  • on October 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Rahane,Manoj Tiwary,Robin Uthappa,Gautam Gambhir are replaced by far less talented Rohit Sharma,Ambati Raydu,ms dhoni and jadeja. The latter four are IPL kings. I have never seen any consistency in their performance in International arena. Look the brilliant boy Shukla from RR just languishing for Ishant Sharma who never performed to the International standards.I always found a kind of phylum baji going on indian dressing room. Poor Yuvraj, served his best than Raina for Indian Team but no secured berth. Look at Gambhi, far more talented than Dhoni and could have been a good and transparent captain India has ever produced, but languishing outside. Mera Bharat Mahan.

  • Pathiyal on October 13, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    this series is interesting in the sense that it will throw a big question mark towards MSD, the tactician....how long he can carry on with his success rate in home series. self-satisfaction as far as he is concerned. for rohit, to assure himself of the opening spot along with shikhar dhawan. for yuvi, it means much more as to how he go about in his come back series. he has already made his announcement with a bang, but this is gonna be a longer format. wish both teams will play upto their potential.

  • on October 13, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    This is so funny about Australia , every time they talk about Ashes Series(this series will be good practice for Ashes preparation , this wont be good for ashes bla bla bla .... ) and they give little importance to other Series. Now the situation is they first loose Ashes and throughout the year they prepare for next Ashes, while loosing other series in between.This is not good cricket from them.

  • Suchith007 on October 13, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Pujara, Ajinkya and M Tiwary its tough on all of you to be out of the playing eleven but that is the strength of Indian team....... Lads like Unmukt, K Rahul, Zol, M Pandey etc are performing very well almost every single match and are considered as next genertion of Indian cricket For Pujara he is now atleast a regular member of the indian test side...... Rahane and M Tiwary is very much on course to be next Badrinath(unluckiest of the lot by huge margin).

  • on October 13, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Australia are looking strong for this tour of India especially as most of the Aussie players have been in India for the clt20. there is a definate need for India to get a fast strike bowler who MS Dhoni can rely on to get wickets in difficult situations.

  • y4yoga on October 13, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Ashwin Ashwin Ashwin!!! most of the comments about ashwin. I don't know wat gone wrong with the people. they want hm to fail and if he fails in one match that too T20 they want him to be out. don't know why... It doesn't matter whether ashwin bowls off spinner, leg spinner, top spinner googly or the carrom ball. he is the no.1 bowler of the current Indian ODI team. He is the only Indian bowler who can bowl anywhere between 1-50 ovrs and who can handle the pressure.It is evident that is seen from MSD whenever he thinks he need a strike or handle pressure he goes to ashwin. After all the great bajji was given chance for a year and then only let off. I don't find ashwin in any sorts of problem. what ashwin is different from other bowler is that he don't want the batsmen to read him so easily, and thats where you are top on your game. lets wait and watch who knows he may also be the leading wicket taker of the upcoming series.

  • Suchith007 on October 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    why always sticking with ishant... Bring in unadkat, can also try out ishwar pandey performing day in and day out Thinking he will deliver every match is non sense, maybe once or twice in every 10 matches, this is not expected from the most experienced bowler in the current squad

  • SamRoy on October 13, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    God only knows why Dhoni has a lot of love for bowlers Vinay and Ishant in ODIs and Ishant in tests.

  • Aaranya on October 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    I am the supporter of Ashwin. However, when I see him bowling, I never feel that the batsman is getting troubled by his bowling and always think that he is not going to get the wickets....But that could be Ashwin's real strength...as the statistics tells different story.......

  • on October 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    today India win . . . . . .

  • on October 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Rahane,Manoj Tiwary,Robin Uthappa,Gautam Gambhir are replaced by far less talented Rohit Sharma,Ambati Raydu,ms dhoni and jadeja. The latter four are IPL kings. I have never seen any consistency in their performance in International arena. Look the brilliant boy Shukla from RR just languishing for Ishant Sharma who never performed to the International standards.I always found a kind of phylum baji going on indian dressing room. Poor Yuvraj, served his best than Raina for Indian Team but no secured berth. Look at Gambhi, far more talented than Dhoni and could have been a good and transparent captain India has ever produced, but languishing outside. Mera Bharat Mahan.

  • Pathiyal on October 13, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    this series is interesting in the sense that it will throw a big question mark towards MSD, the tactician....how long he can carry on with his success rate in home series. self-satisfaction as far as he is concerned. for rohit, to assure himself of the opening spot along with shikhar dhawan. for yuvi, it means much more as to how he go about in his come back series. he has already made his announcement with a bang, but this is gonna be a longer format. wish both teams will play upto their potential.

  • on October 13, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    This is so funny about Australia , every time they talk about Ashes Series(this series will be good practice for Ashes preparation , this wont be good for ashes bla bla bla .... ) and they give little importance to other Series. Now the situation is they first loose Ashes and throughout the year they prepare for next Ashes, while loosing other series in between.This is not good cricket from them.

  • Suchith007 on October 13, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Pujara, Ajinkya and M Tiwary its tough on all of you to be out of the playing eleven but that is the strength of Indian team....... Lads like Unmukt, K Rahul, Zol, M Pandey etc are performing very well almost every single match and are considered as next genertion of Indian cricket For Pujara he is now atleast a regular member of the indian test side...... Rahane and M Tiwary is very much on course to be next Badrinath(unluckiest of the lot by huge margin).

  • on October 13, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Australia are looking strong for this tour of India especially as most of the Aussie players have been in India for the clt20. there is a definate need for India to get a fast strike bowler who MS Dhoni can rely on to get wickets in difficult situations.

  • y4yoga on October 13, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Ashwin Ashwin Ashwin!!! most of the comments about ashwin. I don't know wat gone wrong with the people. they want hm to fail and if he fails in one match that too T20 they want him to be out. don't know why... It doesn't matter whether ashwin bowls off spinner, leg spinner, top spinner googly or the carrom ball. he is the no.1 bowler of the current Indian ODI team. He is the only Indian bowler who can bowl anywhere between 1-50 ovrs and who can handle the pressure.It is evident that is seen from MSD whenever he thinks he need a strike or handle pressure he goes to ashwin. After all the great bajji was given chance for a year and then only let off. I don't find ashwin in any sorts of problem. what ashwin is different from other bowler is that he don't want the batsmen to read him so easily, and thats where you are top on your game. lets wait and watch who knows he may also be the leading wicket taker of the upcoming series.

  • Suchith007 on October 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    why always sticking with ishant... Bring in unadkat, can also try out ishwar pandey performing day in and day out Thinking he will deliver every match is non sense, maybe once or twice in every 10 matches, this is not expected from the most experienced bowler in the current squad

  • on October 13, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Ashwin is weakest link in the India XI. Amit Mishra deserves a chance in India XI. We should not forget he is the highest wicket taker (and MoS) in the ZIM series. He never let ZIM batsmen settled. Infact PAK team missed such a bowler in their test series against ZIM and lost a test and won a test from the jaws of defeat. Pravin Tambe deserves place in India team (later part of this series), selectors should give a chance to him.

  • on October 13, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    india should find a permanent replace to ishant sharma.he is the worst player in the current eleven

  • santosh1029 on October 13, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    India will win the series with a clean sweep :):)

  • ROXSPORT on October 13, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    I think Aussies have erred by not including CameronWhite. He is just 30. This would have been the perfect opportunity for him to get his confidence back. Indian pitches, bowlers like Ishant Sharma to feed him with lollipops........!!! He would have scored heavily and would have walked into the Ashes squad. Couple this with his brilliant fielding and you know what you have missed.

  • on October 13, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    India should strengthen their bowling attack especially in Indian conditions. our batting strength is anyway good will be more powerful in our conditions.

  • on October 13, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    2 Sharmas are being a burden to this Team. How many chances has been given to Ishanth & Rohit. By giving chances Rohit completed 100 ODI's. I dont remember the last tiem Ishant performed well for India. Fell sad on Rahana and Manoj Tiwari.

  • on October 13, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @Sri Ni - Ishant will be the main bowler in the 2015 WC in Australia. So,keeping Ishant out wont be a good thing to do.

  • Ravishankara on October 13, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Ashwin's performance in the last few matches is amusing. He appears confused. He often bowls beyond the reach of both batsmen and the wicketkeeper.

  • on October 13, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Australia would be foolish to leave out Maddinson after his promising debut in the T20!. Ferguson is no replacement for someone of Michael Clarkes calibre and only Maddinson has the star potential to fill Michael Clarke's shoes even if only temporarily. Consistent fast starts from Maddinson and Finch will take the pressure of Watson to create all of the momentum. Maxwell also showed glimpses of his destructive potential and should be used as a dangerous floating middle - lower order batsmen to either come in early and capitalize when the going's good or later when a consolidator such as Bailey or Voges maybe needed after a couple of quick wickets. Maddinson, Finch, Watson, Bailey, Maxwell, Voges, Haddin, Faulkner should be the general batting order to have any chance of challenging India's all star batting lineup!

  • on October 13, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I think Australia must need to win this series

  • on October 13, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Ashwin should be rested, till he sorts out and clears the cobwebs of confusion from his mind. If he also improves his physical fitness and agility, it will be a bonus. If he can set aside his slightly inflated self-assessment, and go through an honest introspection, arrive at a clear and realistic personal strategy, and start implementing it, he could still be a great assent. A thinking off-spinner! An off spinner version of Kumble!

  • on October 13, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Watson has to step up if aus wants to win , winning this seeies will benefit the ausisies in preparing for the ashes

  • on October 13, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    yes, Ashwin is not clear, offie or leggie.. Variation is on Primary.. Here other way around.. He needs to think otherwise soon out of team..

  • ImpartialExpert on October 13, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @landl47 You are spot on about Ashwin. The best way to describe him. Ashwin does not understand himself as a bowler. So when he gets rattled he really does not a strategy to fall back on.

  • on October 13, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    It would be oz guts versus the young ble brigade. India has talents aplenty. Strike the right combo. Names donot win matches but performance. Let performance be the yardstick. Where are Pujara and Ajankya? If Rohit fails in two matches these two must be there in the team.

  • vigneshvinu on October 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Australia must bring back either Ferguson or voges into their side,as they can bring solidity in the middle order. Haddin must open the innings as he had experience as opener as well as he is not a hitter. For india raina should play at no.4 and yuvi must play at 5. Ishant sharma has been given too many chances its best to drop him from the side.

    so my 11 would be

    Haddin,finch,watson,Ferguson,voges,bailey,maxwell,johnson,faulkner,doherty,mckay

    rohit,dhawan,kohli,raina,yuvraj,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,bhuvanesh,vinay,unadkat.

  • on October 13, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    For God's sake, keep Ishant Sharma out of the team. His bowling is so flat & goes for hell a lot of runs. Let someone like Mohit Sharma or Shami being given the nod.

  • on October 13, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Voges and Ferguson should be playing, (and so should D. Hussey, but I'm resigned to the fact that that won't happen).

  • on October 13, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    India should plan for 2015 WORLD CUP Rohit,Pujara good players for TEST format.preserve them. We need Rahne or Chand as opening batsman .Ishant Sharma is not able to do justice for his place,

  • on October 13, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    With the well balanced team they have, Aus are the clear favorites. Though Ind batting is bit ahead of Aus, their bowling is nowhere near Aus attack.

  • Nampally on October 12, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Once again it is battle between Indian Powerhouse batting Vs. the Aussie bowling. In the T20 Ishant Sharma & Ashwin got mauled so badly that they need to show that they are still capable of effective bowling. For reasons best known to the Selectors, Ishant Sharma has been kept in XI despite his Club level bowling - wild & uncontrolled. Even Vinay looked super compared to Ishant. B.Kumar deserved better support form the other end especially when 2 new balls are used- one from each end. I feel it is time to give Unadkat a chance. In batting Rohit needs to perform with so many contenders for the opening batsmen knocking at the door. Rahane has been the unlucky guy- oft benched & now out of the squad. Gambhir after his century vs. WI A, is another guy who has staked his claims. For the Aussies Finch, Maxwell & Watson will be the 3 batsmen expected to do well. Much depends on Johnson, Coutier-Nile + Doherty's form in bowling. Yuvraj will lead the Indian attack in batting. Good Luck guys!

  • Warm_Coffee on October 12, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    ODI series is far too long. Might as well play 9 and make plenty of stats.

  • on October 12, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Australia's batting is just as good as India's. Indians know it deep inside that Finch or Watson could be the difference between the sides. Pretty much every Australian batsman has been in good knick lately.

  • on October 12, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    miss Irfan and sehwag... anyhw, eager to see a competitive series,, as always

  • on October 12, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Australia's line up sure won't look like that tomorrow. It'd be more like 1.Finch 2.Hughes 3.Watson 4.Bailey 5.Ferguson 6.Voges 7.Haddin 8.Faulkner 9.Johnson 10.McKay 11.Doherty I wouldn't be surprised if Australia use Maxwell as their spinner instead of Doherty. I'm expecting this to be a much closer series than a lot of people suggest. Good luck Australia

  • Jatin. on October 12, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Before the last T20 against Aus, I commented here that Ashwin & Ishant are liabilities for the team & especially Ashwin should be dropped with immediate effect. With Mishra around & along with Yuvraj and Jadeja, Spin dept. takes care of itself. Ashwin went for more than 40 in his only 2 overs in the last match, Virat Kohli had to bowl 2 overs which Ashwin should have bowled. He was also taken for cleaners in all CLT20 matches except against Brisbane Heat. Mishra bowled really well in IPL, in Zimbabwe & in just concluded Champions League. Australia would always attack Ashwin because he doesn't have variety & if the pitch is not conducive, he shall be a complete liability & would be difficult for him to hide on the ground. Same goes with Ishant, he is an absolute mediocre bowler and should bowl & toil hard in Ranji & other tournaments before he could be considered for national duty. I would suggest bringing in Unadkat & Mishra in place of Ishant & Ashiwn. Rest of the team chooses itself.

  • Scrop on October 12, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I dont know what wrong with comments on Ashwin.

    He is most suited for the limited overs game. If no dew, he could well be the difference in the bowling, though Watson might have different plans against him.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 12, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @Chetan Asher: Well India are CLEAR favourites. You need to get beyond your imagination of contemplating Australia can even win something during this series. Also, the fact that you mentioned Watson as a key player for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) instead of Rajasthan Royals speaks volumes about what you know when it comes to the IPL or the CLT20. I don't need to say anything more.

  • on October 12, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    India Favorites - guys, get real. Don't forget the role of Watson in RCB's IPL / CLT performances, Maxwel, Johnson & Coultier Nile's roles in MI's IPL / CLT performances. In addition, look at what Finch did at Rajkot. In tests where they need to bat 100+ overs in an innings, it might be different but in the limited overs format, where their batsmen don't need to think beyond batting 50 overs, the difference between the 2 sides reduces substantially. In a 5 day game, a 20 ball 35 / 40 might be a flash in the pan, but in an ODI, it can re-direct the result of a match.

  • on October 12, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    this series will test the class and temperament of Rohit & Bhuvneshwar. Ishant is like sehwag, click once in 20 matches. This series will decide ashwin's future.

  • JyothiRaj on October 12, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Time for another Jaddu magic with Dhavan and Yuvi in form..Coulter Nile can be lethal ,Johnson cannot be a big threat and all others will bleed badly..similarly for India cannot trust any bowler other than Bhuvi

  • Crazy.Frog on October 12, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Everyone forget here Voges, very much handy player. Voges must replace Moises or Maxwell.

  • on October 12, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    gr8 see U V back in colours.....very much eager to watch him against jhonson....i wld like to see a compettive cricket not one sided....and for me Aussie should include callum ferguson and adam viges in thier middle order and maxwell can go to no 7 or drop him play with henrique will be best 11 for me..and should open with haddin nd finch.... so my 11 for auusie will be

    Haddin,finch,watson,<--->,bailey,voges,ferguson,maxwell/hentriques,jhonson,faulkner,xavier doherty,coulter nile,...........

  • landl47 on October 12, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Either Finch or Watson needs to make big runs for Australia to have any chance. However, India will be looking anxiously at Ashwin, who was horrendous in the T20. He seems to be turning into spin's version of Jade Dernbach, so keen to bowl trick deliveries that the fundamentals of length and line have deserted him.

    I'm looking forward to an interesting game.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 12, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Indian spin vs. Aus. pace once again... Should be a decent game, but have to agree with the concerns about Doherty (I mean seriously - where are all these new spinners hyped up before the Ashes series who where supposed to be Warne replacements!), and Haddin should be rested for tests only since he is the most valuable wicket-keeper batsman Australia have at the moment.

  • amitdashore on October 12, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    If India wants to win this match, Dhoni needs to keep Ashwin out n tske mishra in the team.. no doubt, ashwin is better but he is going through s huge slack this time.. Ishant may also be replaced by Unadkat..

  • on October 12, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    It will be an exciting match tomorrow. I would not support the idea of retaining Ashwin and Ishant in the team as the australia ODI team is very similar to the t20 team. Finch will find it easy to clear the ropes against Ashwin and Ishant considering their form.I would recommend swapping between Ashwin and Mishra. I think Ishant should be replaced by Unadkat. It would be nice to see Vinay Kumar and Unadkat bowling in tandem. I am pretty sure Vinay will recover in time as he is a tough guy. All we need for reference of this is that catch he held on to in the last match. Any other Indian current Indian bowler ( excluding Jadeja and Raina) would have let it go. That's true commitment. All the best team India!

  • on October 12, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Is Yadav injured? Surely he should be in the playing 11...

  • blink182alex on October 12, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Aus defiantly won't line up as suggested above, they will be more like 1. Finch 2. Hughes 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. Ferguson 6. Voges 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Johnson 10. McKay 11. Doherty.

    4 front line bowlers in that with Watson and Finch to get through the other 10 overs.

    Maxwell may play but Henriques isn't good enough i'm afraid, he has been playing professional cricket since 2006 and has only ever scored one century and taken one fifer, not a specialist in either discipline he doesn't warrant selection in any format. If Hughes fails in this series we may well see Klinger given a go as ODI opener against England in January.

  • shankarapandi on October 12, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I don't find rohit Sharma as an opener.. get gambhir back.. he may be a mediocre batsman at tests.. but is an excellent limited overs opener..

  • shankarapandi on October 12, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    I don't find rohit Sharma as a opener.. get gambhir back.. he may be a mediocre batsman at tests.. but is an excellent limited overs opener..

  • strikeforce2003 on October 12, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Oz's should win the 1st ODI with relative ease, should they retain wickets in ghe 1st 39 ivers..luthier strikers are better

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 12, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Should be a good game. India are favourites for this series without doubt. Australia will do well to compete with them. They do have some good players in their ranks like Finch, Watson, Haddin, and Maxwell. But Australia will be relying heavily on their bowlers, especially their quicks. Mitchell Johnson has had a decent Champions League T20 with the Mumbai Indians. Faulkner, and Coulter-Nile all played well for their respective teams. So it will be Australian bowling vs. Indian mighty batting.

  • on October 12, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    No Australia should not play with this team.This team is a disaster my XI for tomorrow will be 1)Aaron Finch 2)Phil Hughes 3)Shane Watson 4)Callum Ferguson 5)George Bailey 6)Adam Voges 7)Glenn Maxwell 8)Brad Haddin W/K 9)Mitch Johnson 10)James Faulkner 11)Clint Mckay

    I would not pick Doherty because i already have maxwell and voges who can bowl spin and Henriques we don't need him as he doesnot have the ability to strike and hit the bowl hard we have Watson who can bat and bowl so why do we need Moises

  • on October 12, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    U + V = YUVI. we are always with you. Yuvraj going to rock tomorrow

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  • on October 12, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    U + V = YUVI. we are always with you. Yuvraj going to rock tomorrow

  • on October 12, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    No Australia should not play with this team.This team is a disaster my XI for tomorrow will be 1)Aaron Finch 2)Phil Hughes 3)Shane Watson 4)Callum Ferguson 5)George Bailey 6)Adam Voges 7)Glenn Maxwell 8)Brad Haddin W/K 9)Mitch Johnson 10)James Faulkner 11)Clint Mckay

    I would not pick Doherty because i already have maxwell and voges who can bowl spin and Henriques we don't need him as he doesnot have the ability to strike and hit the bowl hard we have Watson who can bat and bowl so why do we need Moises

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 12, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Should be a good game. India are favourites for this series without doubt. Australia will do well to compete with them. They do have some good players in their ranks like Finch, Watson, Haddin, and Maxwell. But Australia will be relying heavily on their bowlers, especially their quicks. Mitchell Johnson has had a decent Champions League T20 with the Mumbai Indians. Faulkner, and Coulter-Nile all played well for their respective teams. So it will be Australian bowling vs. Indian mighty batting.

  • strikeforce2003 on October 12, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Oz's should win the 1st ODI with relative ease, should they retain wickets in ghe 1st 39 ivers..luthier strikers are better

  • shankarapandi on October 12, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    I don't find rohit Sharma as a opener.. get gambhir back.. he may be a mediocre batsman at tests.. but is an excellent limited overs opener..

  • shankarapandi on October 12, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I don't find rohit Sharma as an opener.. get gambhir back.. he may be a mediocre batsman at tests.. but is an excellent limited overs opener..

  • blink182alex on October 12, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Aus defiantly won't line up as suggested above, they will be more like 1. Finch 2. Hughes 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. Ferguson 6. Voges 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Johnson 10. McKay 11. Doherty.

    4 front line bowlers in that with Watson and Finch to get through the other 10 overs.

    Maxwell may play but Henriques isn't good enough i'm afraid, he has been playing professional cricket since 2006 and has only ever scored one century and taken one fifer, not a specialist in either discipline he doesn't warrant selection in any format. If Hughes fails in this series we may well see Klinger given a go as ODI opener against England in January.

  • on October 12, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Is Yadav injured? Surely he should be in the playing 11...

  • on October 12, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    It will be an exciting match tomorrow. I would not support the idea of retaining Ashwin and Ishant in the team as the australia ODI team is very similar to the t20 team. Finch will find it easy to clear the ropes against Ashwin and Ishant considering their form.I would recommend swapping between Ashwin and Mishra. I think Ishant should be replaced by Unadkat. It would be nice to see Vinay Kumar and Unadkat bowling in tandem. I am pretty sure Vinay will recover in time as he is a tough guy. All we need for reference of this is that catch he held on to in the last match. Any other Indian current Indian bowler ( excluding Jadeja and Raina) would have let it go. That's true commitment. All the best team India!

  • amitdashore on October 12, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    If India wants to win this match, Dhoni needs to keep Ashwin out n tske mishra in the team.. no doubt, ashwin is better but he is going through s huge slack this time.. Ishant may also be replaced by Unadkat..