ODI series preview: Australia vs India
The five-match ODI series between Australia and India, starting in Perth on Tuesday, will be a fresh start for both teams in the 50-over format since they last played each other, in the 2015 World Cup semifinal.
On that occasion the Aussies triumphed in front of their home fans in Sydney on their way to lifting the trophy on home soil, and the latest cricket betting odds once again have the men in yellow emerging victorious.
However, the hosts have undergone a huge transformation in their limited-overs side with Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin all retired since the World Cup while Mitchell Starc (injured) and Shane Watson (dropped) will miss out.
Steve Smith took over from Clarke as Australia's skipper while seam bowlers, Joel Paris and Scott Boland, look set to make their debuts in international cricket.
India's ODI team has not changed as much as Australia's since the last time they met, but they will miss the services of fast bowler Mohammad Shami who has been ruled with a injury.
Senior batsman Suresh Raina has also been dropped after a poor return with the willow after the World Cup while seamer Barinder Sran is likely to make his debut.
Australia will have a relatively inexperienced bowling attack so captain Steve Smith will have to make key decisions on how to tactically use them. Oh and Smith's runs will also be vital to the home side.
Virat Kohli is still India's best batsman in all formats of the game and the Asian country will once again hope that the right-hander will take advantage of a green-horn Aussie attack.
Last Five Head-To-Head Results
2015 World Cup: Australia won by 95 runs in Sydney
2015 Triangular: No result
2015 Triangular: Australia won by four wickets in Melbourne
2013 series: India won by 57 runs on Bangalore
2013 series: India woin by six wickets in Nagpur
First ODI: 12 January in Perth
Second ODI: 15 January in Brisbane
Third ODI: 17 January in Melbourne
Fourth ODI: 20 January in Canberra
Fifth ODI: 23 January in Sydney
Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, George Bailey, Sott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Joel Paris, Mathew Wade (wk)
India: MS Dhoni (capt), R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Brainder Sran
To back either Australia or India for the upcoming series, head on over to Paddy Power, who have all your betting needs covered.
Craig Overton claims 400th first-class wicket in Somerset-Hampshire clash
The England seamer’s three-wicket burst left the contest delicately balanced at the halfway stage.
Three positive Covid tests confirmed in New Zealand’s tour party
Batter Henry Nicholls, seamer Blair Tickner and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen will self-isolate for five days.
Zak Crawley outdone by Ben Compton as Kent start strongly at Northamptonshire
Opener Compton stole the show with an unbeaten 125.
Mark Wood admits frustration over slow progress from elbow surgery
Wood is targeting a Test return towards the back end of the summer.
McCullum hopes ‘attractive brand of Test cricket’ can see red-ball game thrive
New head coach Brendon McCullum is looking to transform England’s fortunes.
Effects of lockdown on bowlers may be playing part in spate of stress fractures
In the past week Jofra Archer, Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Fisher have all been ruled out for the season with lower back injuries.
Ben Stokes to be subject of Amazon documentary created by Sam Mendes
The 30-year-old will open up on his World Cup and Headingley heroics as well as his off-the-field troubles.
Jofra Archer setback adds to England’s fast bowling injury crisis
Saqib Mahmood, Jofra Archer and Matthew Fisher have all been ruled out for the season this week.
England bowler Jofra Archer sidelined for the summer after injury setback
Archer has suffered a stress fracture of the lower back.
Paul Farbrace: Che Simmons may play for England after signing Warwickshire deal
The 18-year-old has signed a three-year contract.