Smith bats for peace ahead of India ODIs


For Australia, Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the first three matches due to an aggravated calf injury. It is impossible to gainsay the importance of the momentum in worldwide cricket especially in this era.

After defeating Sri Lanka by 9-0 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Indian Cricket team is ready to take on the Australian Cricket Team in India.

Jadeja did not figure in the original 16-member Indian squad for the first three ODIs, which was announced earlier this month.

"He's also opened a lot in ODIs as well".

Both batting units have some quality, but it's the quality of bowling that separates the two teams. "So he knows the plans are clear", the skipper said.

Here are the five talking points as the fierce rivalry between India and Australia begin on September 17 in Chennai.

When asked about how the men in blue are looking this series against Australi, Kohli said,"I don't think we need to look at any series differently". Manish Pandey has shown a lot of promise and will fight with KL Rahul for a place in the side. With Shikhar Dhawan released from the squad to be with his ailing wife, Rohit's importance becomes all the more important at the top. The sultry weather made the going hard for the visiting team during their warm-up match against Indian Board President's XI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

Players are not allowed to have outside input while challenging an umpire's decision.

But the Aussies led by Steve Smith won't be easy meat. The first one-day global against Australia is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Chennai.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department as well as various other weather predictors, the threat of rain looms large in the city even as both India and Australia prepare for the opening game on Sunday. The five-match ODI series will be followed by three T20Is.

The chinaman has delivered an astounding performance in the Tour of West Indies and then again in the Sri Lanka series too. As per estimation, the 1st ODI match between IND v AUS will be live from 1.30 PM at IST and 8.00PM at GMT. India have won 6 out of 11 matches.

Australia's recent ODI form has been atypically horrendous away from home. However beating India in India is like climbing a mountain, irrespective of the format. Now we're backing Jinks at the top of the order.

"We all are used to tight schedules and so much cricket being played".

Virat Kohli's 27 ODIs wins from first 35 ODIs as a captain of India is a joint third-best by any captain.

India are also likely to field two wrist spinners, as Axar Patel is expected to miss the first ODI through a left ankle sprain, sustained during a football session on Friday.

Australia could have included Nathan Lyon especially after knowing the fact that their spinners' have almost taken 10 overs to take a wicket in India in the ODIs played in the last ten years.