Australia’s tour of India for the one-day series has not been one to be remembered as they lost the One Day series 4-1. Now, with T20 series to begin on Saturday, its skipper Steven Smith has been ruled out of the series and is all set to travel back home due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the fifth ODI. With James Pattinson also ruled out from the series due to injury, Jason Behrendroff is all set to make his Australian debut.
Pattinson’s injury has reshuffled the entire bowling department which means that Behrendroff will make his debut in the T20 series. However, Behrendroff playing in the Ashes is next to impossible as Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all set to make a comeback in the Ashes.
Behrendroff who is excited to make his debut in the T20 series said:
“It was very unfortunate for James and he’s been working really hard to get back, it’s one of those frustrating things as a fast bowler, you’re never quite sure when something’s around the corner like that,”
“I am 100 percent focused on these three games and making my debut out here.” He added.
Australia lost the One Day series 1-4 and when he was asked about the morale of the team he said:
“The morale in the team is very good. The boys that played in the ODI series had a couple of days off and they really had a good time relaxing and recovering from that (ODI series debacle). “There are five of us who have just joined the squad for the T20s. So, we are full of energy and ready to go and really looking forward to an exciting series.”
The current crop of Australian players is not very experienced, and the attitude of the team in the ODI series was not as dominating as it was ten years ago and the loss in the ODI might have an impact on the player’s attitude even more. Behrendroff said:
“Yeah, that is something we speak about having a good attitude, making sure that we are doing things we can to stay upbeat and positive all the time. We know how good all are players are and that everyone works really hard and make sure that they are performing their best at every opportunity they get. There are no concerns there and all the guys have done everything they need to do to be able to be ready to go.”
Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa