Australia have an edge over India in recent times in ODI cricket, having won six games in a row before losing one back home. "I think it is very important to have that competitiveness in every series that you play". Both teams are locking horns in the first ODI at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This also burns all from side to side a Test series and then administers the coup d'état has been seen gracing the limited-overs cricket.
India, though still start as the favourite. Virat Kohli's Team India are high on confidence following their 9-0 sweep of Sri Lanka tour. The unfit Aaron Finch will also not be available for selection which will leave Warner as the only designated opener in the side. Both, Rahul and Rahane are capable of opening the innings.
This could be a tricky choice though. Smith has already made it clear that Jampa will play in the last eleven.
It seems a good time to list the teams for today.
The Indian skipper further said that if a batsman is looking to bat in the same position across formats it will be hard for the team to find the balance.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma will open the batting, with Shikhar Dhawan in Australia with his sick wife. KL Rahul and Manish Pandey are the first four to bat in the nets so they can be back of a half-century each in ODIs and T20Is in Sri Lanka.
"I look at them as mystery spinners".
On Friday, Axar sprained his ankle while playing football and hobbled off the ground. If he finally sits out, the onus will be on Kuldeep and Chahal. In South Africa's previous ODI series in India, captain AB de Villiers employed a 4-5 field for his tall seamers, who angled the ball into their ribs. This will prevent the right and left hand combination to unsettle the bowler's rhythm. He received treatment from the team physio and the area was later bandaged.
Hardik Pandya is a finisher for the team India.
That's evident from India's tremendous success in ODIs over the last two years; the last time India lost a bilateral ODI series was in early 2016 when it was beaten 4-1 by Australia Down Under. Peter Handscomb has been called on to replace him but Travis Head looks to be the likely partner of Warner. While the humidity of Chennai could add to the visiting side's woes, it will try to mend the odds with a smooth beginning. You can have as many dot balls as you want, but if you can't pick up wickets you can go for 10-12 runs an over.