After a dreadful test series against Sri Lanka, only the five-match ODI series can offer some respite to the Australians. The test series presented a unique challenge for the Australians which the Kangaroos failed to conquer. However, with the ODI’s to follow, Australia will be far more comfortable and at ease, considering their recent tri-series victory in the Caribbean.
Nevertheless, a few hurdles still lie in store for Steve Smith’s young and vibrant outfit. Ahead of the ODI series against the Sri Lankans, the Australians have quite a few selection issues. Glenn Maxwell was a vital cog in the setup as he could potentially change the course of a match with the bat, and was more than handy with the ball. But with his axing now, the slot has opened up for inexperienced individuals to make a mark. Similarly, the spot made vacant by the absence of Mitchell Marsh too is another worrying sign.
Ahead of the first ODI, opener Aaron Finch mentioned that barring Steve Smith, no member was guaranteed a spot in the XI. “Besides the skipper, no one else is really guaranteed a spot in the side,” Finch said. “You have to be performing all the time. You just have to keep getting the business done and if you don’t, there’s always someone breathing down your neck for your spot.”
Backing a vibrant ODI outfit to succeed, Finch added, “The guys are very disappointed with the Test series and how that went.” “So the fresh guys coming in for the one-dayers, it’s our job to really pick up the energy and start at training. But we’re still very confident coming into this one-day series. “We haven’t actually seen the test squad guys a hell of a lot,” he added. “So this will be our first chance as a full squad to get together. Understandably, the guys would have been disappointed but that’s history.”
Bowling still remains a strong point for the Australians and Finch seconded that statement. “When you look at our bowling line-up you’ve got the skills of Mitchell Starc bowling fast and swinging it, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, these guys who run in and hit the wicket,” the right-hander said. “That can be such a valuable asset, especially with two new balls. “Generally, in the subcontinent, you get a bit of skid with the brand-new ball,” he said.