Australia tour to India 2020 [Preview]

Australia is scheduled to tour India in the month of January to play three one-day internationals. Aaron Finch-led unit emerged victorious on their previous tour to India last year. The side managed to upset all the odds and beat India in the five-match one-day series played in March in 2019.

Due to imperious form with the bat in Test cricket, selectors have named uncapped Marnus Labuschagne in the one-day squad for the three-match series. He will be looking to make an impression with the bat on his first trip to India.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on their experienced players in the form of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steven Smith to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Aaron Finch has been a consistent performer for the side in white-ball cricket, whereas David Warner made a triumphant return to international cricket after scoring 647 runs in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup played in England. Left-hander will certainly enjoy batting in Indian conditions and looking forward to produce big scores in this three-match series.

Steven Smith has also delivered credible performances in one-day cricket for Australia. His last appearance came against England in the semifinal game of 2019 Cricket World Cup played at Edgbaston

Peter Handscomb is a certainly a good player of spin and also scored crucial runs in the previous tour to India. He will be looking to produce decent scores for the side in this one-day series.

Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey has done well in white-ball cricket for Australia. Left-hander delivered consistent scores for the side in the 2019 Cricket World Cup played in England and Wales.

In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins to make crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Since Jan 2019, Left-arm quick Starc has claimed 27 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 18.59 with two five-fors to his name. Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood are the other pace options for the side included in the squad for the three-match series. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar and leg-spinner Adam Zampa will be two spinners for this series.

On the other hand, India will be looking to continue their dominance in their home conditions. The side recently beat West Indies in the three-match series played in November.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to do the bulk of the scoring. Swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma has been in mind-boggling form with the bat for India across all three formats. Since the start of 2019, Sharma has scored 1490 runs in 28 matches at an average of 57.30 with seven centuries to his name. He also has scored six half-centuries during this period.

Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant have delivered credible performances for the side in limited-overs cricket. Ravendra Jadeja will be designated pinch-hitter for the side for this three-match one-day series.

In the bowling department, the side will be banking on the likes of Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Navdeep Saini to provide crucial breakthroughs. Ravendra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will three spinners for this series.

The opening game of the series between India and Australia will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on January 14th. The second game of the one-day series will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on January 17th. The third and final game of the one-day series will be played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 19th January (Sunday).

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