Indian national Cricket team will start their final leg of preparation ahead of the ICC World Cup when they begin their five-match ODI series against Australia on March 2 (Saturday) at Hyderabad. Meanwhile, this will be the last opportunity for the management to try out all permutation and combination to fix their playing XI ahead of the showpiece event in England and Wales.
Although the home side went down in the T20I series, the return of form for KL Rahul will be a huge bonus for the side. After a forgetting tour of Australia, Rahul spent time with Rahul Dravid and India A side which helped his cause. He came back to score 50 and 47 in the two games and has pushed his chances for the World Cup. However, the management is still pondering over whether to use him as a backup opener or in the middle-order. On the other hand, Vijay Shankar will be keen to use this long run in the absence of Hardik Pandya to be in the good books of the selectors. Moreover, the return of Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami will also strengthen the bowling attack which lacked experience during the T20Is.
On the other hand, Australia seemed to be in a good rhythm and will look to carry on the confidence. Glenn Maxwell’s return to form -he scored a half-century followed by century, will be a huge plus point for the side. However, they are likely to make one change with Alex Carey coming in for Peter Handscomb and will be at lower down the order – as Aaron Finch in his press conference on the eve of the first game.
Here is the weather forecast for the first ODI between Indian National Cricket team and Australia at Hyderabad:
It will be cloudy in Hyderabad on Saturday. But that won’t make for much better weather, with temperatures hovering around the 30-degree-mark. However, the sky will get clear as the game progresses and the temperatures will also go down significantly. The team fielding second will breathe a sigh of relief as the humidity will go down.
Meanwhile, there are no chances of rain playing a spoilsport which will excite the fans. The pitch has traditionally aided batsmen, so there can be big scores with both teams boasting some world-class batters.
Indian National Cricket team after going down in the T20Is will be desperate to bounce back in the ODIs. They will strive to kick off the five-match series on a high while Australia will aim to continue their winning momentum.
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