Australia play India in a limited-over series following the conclusion of their tour of Bangladesh in Chittagong, with Chennai scheduled to host the first ODI on September 17. The remaining matches will be played in Kolkata (September 21), Indore (September 24), Bangalore (September 28) and Nagpur (October 1). Australia will then travel to Ranchi (October 7), Guwahati (October 10) and Hyderabad (October 13) for the T20I series.
Australia come to the series on the back of a drawn test series in Bangladesh where they lost the first game and rebounded to win the second.
India beat the West Indies 3-1 in an ODI series in the Caribbean in July and then beat Sri Lanka 5-0 away from home in another ODI series last month
India beat Australia 2-1 in a four-Test series earlier in the year. India also got the better of Australia when they last hosted them for a limited-over series in 2013-14, winning the seven match series 3-2.
Fast bowlers Yadav and Shami have returned to India’s ODI squad. They last played limited-over cricket in July but were part of the 16 men picked for the first three matches against Australia. India have also chosen to be without Ashwin and Jadeja the first choice spinners for a second series in a row. However, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad clarified that both players have only been rotated out of the squad.
This means another opportunity for K Yadav, Chahal and Patel to lead the team’s spin attack. They had been impressive during the 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka collecting 14 wickets at a combined economy rate of 4.18.
India’s batting wears a familiar look with each of the seven specialists Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav – from the Sri Lanka series keeping their place. Dhawan was in spectacular form all series but it is the brilliant Kohli, the top rated batsman in the format, who stands out.
Mitchell Starc will miss the tour due to a slower-than-expected recovery from an injury to his right foot. Australia’s selectors have named a 14-man ODI squad and a 13-man T20 group for the tour, with the uncapped Hilton Cartwright in line for a one-day debut and fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has a chance of making his Australia debut in T20s.
All-rounder James Faulkner has returned to the ODI squad, along with spin-bowling all-rounder Ashton Agar, and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who is returning from a back injury.
The core of the team is in batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell who each have plenty of IPL experience in the conditions but this series in India will be a tough ask for a far less experienced bowling attack
Two sides are raked second, India and fourth, Australia in the ICC ODI rankings but the series might not be as close as those rankings suggest.
Prices for the series are India ½ and Australia 13/8 with Bet365 which looks fair enough. In the correct score market my choice is between India 3-2 at 2/1 and India 4-1 at 11/4 as I expect them to win the series but wouldn’t expect a white-wash. My preference is for 4-1 at the prices.