Australia won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the first One-Day International at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Here is what the captains said:
“We will bat first. It looks like a dry wicket. Hopefull, we can post a big score. We want to keep improving all the time. Alex Carey comes in our team. Jhye Richardson misses out.”
“We would have bowled first. This surface is going to be hard and it will be good to bat on. We want to continue what we were doing in New Zealand. We are pretty balanced. We are giving Chahal a break today. We would rotate our wrist spinners. Our top-order is same.”
Team India will be looking to avenge their embarrassing two-nil loss in the T20Is when they take on Australia in the first ODI. Despite the loss in the T20Is, India will be the firm favourites to win the upcoming game. The Men in Blue, currently the second-best side in the world, have won series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in the last one year or so in addition to winning the Asia Cup. Australia, on the other hand, have not won a bilateral series since beating Pakistan at home in early 2017.
India, however, should against complacency against the reigning 50-over world champions. Another reason to not take Australia lightly is their record at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. India and Australia have played two games at this venue and the visitors have won on both the occasions.
Both the teams will also be looking to fine tune their preparation ahead of the World Cup. The series will be India’s last international assignment while Australia will play another series – a five-match series against Pakistan.
Australia (Playing XI):
Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India (Playing XI):
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah