The two top cricket teams of the limited-overs game are set to have a face-off against each other in the three-match ODI series, starting on 14th January in Mumbai. While gearing up at the Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai, the Aussie cricketer Steve Smith identified the next big thing of the Australian national cricket team.

The visiting Australia and the hosts India share thralling rivalry when it comes to the shorter format of cricket. And after having a series of Test assignments, Australia will look forward to winning the ODI series in India the same way they did in March last year.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli & his men are likely to fight till death and continue walking down the path of glorious victories. While India lost to Australia last time at home, the surprising fact in that series was that the two run-making machines, David Warner and Steve Smith were out of the team. And while India won two games at the start, they later succumbed to the Australian batting and bowling.

Smith identifies the next big thing for Australian cricket:

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This time, however, Aussies are back with the two rocket-scorers for the team while India got their own squad prepared to face the strong Australian team. Nevertheless, with power-hitting batsmen and ace pacers on both sides, the series opener will give some idea about the gameplay of either team.

Denoting this subject, Smith indicated towards one name that could possibly be the game-changing factor and threat in the future. The run-smasher believes that the young cricketer Marnus Labuschagne will be the next superstar for Australia, especially after having the amazing home Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand. The youngster was the leading Test run-getter in 2019.

Smith told Cricket Australia, “That’s is the real challenge for him (Labuschagne) now, having that amazing series, there’s going to be that expectation there now and it’s about managing that.

The thing I like about Marnus is his willingness to learn and how quickly he picks things up, and if he continues to do that, he’s going to be a huge player for Australia for a long time.”

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“He’s got a good head on his shoulders, he’s got that belief in himself now that he can do it, now it’s about resetting the clock every time he goes out to play.

He’s got a really good understanding of how he wants to play and that’s a huge thing for a young player.

To have that understanding and be able to stick to something for a prolonged period of time and trust it’s going to work, he’s found that method now and I have no doubt he’s going to get better,” opined the former skipper, who returned last year from a year-ban from cricket following ball-tampering case.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be set on a few names, two of which are making a comeback in the game after recovering from injuries. The Indian stars donning the glamour will include the names of skipper Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan, and pacer Jasprit Bumrah while Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and David Warner will be in the limelight of Australian team.

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