The Carlton Mid-ODI Tri-Series started off well for hosts Australia, as riding on David Warner’s brilliant hundred, they defeated Eoin Morgan lead England by 3 wickets. It was a complete performance by Australia in all three departments of the game and they gave a reflection of what they are capable of doing once February 14th arrives. They would hope to show the same thing against India, when they meet them in the second ODI of the series on January 18th at MCG.
As far as hosts are concerned, they are expected to go in with the same line-up that defeated England which would mean some more days of rest for Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu
The tourists are expected to open with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Suresh Raina, the ODI specialist, will return to his favourite number five position. With Jadeja still recovering from his shoulder injury, Axar Patel is expected to get an extended run in the side.
Bhuvneshwar will spearhead the attack along with Mohammad Shami, who was the highest wicket-taker in ODIs in 2014.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav
Toss: India (chose to bat)
Umpires: Kumar Dharamasena, John Ward, Mick Martell, Simon Fry
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft