Team India, after a clinical 2-0 win against the Sri Lankans in a T20I series, will now face the mighty Australians in a short three-match ODI series before they head to New Zealand for a six-week-long Test, T20I and ODI series.
Both India and Australia enter the ODI series as the semi-finalists of the ICC World Cup, in which India had gone down to New Zealand and Australia were defeated by eventual champions England. Both sides also enter the series in fine form. While India has been on a winning spree of late, Australia too had a dominant home season, blanking Sri Lanka, Pakistan and recently New Zealand.
Both teams enter the three-match ODI series that start from tomorrow at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai with a plethora of big guns in their ranks. David Warner, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are all available for the Kangaroos, while India is full strength as well, with Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami back in tow. Hardik Pandya is, however, yet to recover from an injury.
The last time the two sides met for an ODI series, the Australians had gotten the better of the Indian unit in India 3-2.
All games will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network, with Hotstar digitally streaming the matches live.
India vs Australia full schedule:
1st ODI: Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Jan 14 (1:30 PM IST)
2nd ODI: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Jan 17 (1:30 PM IST)
3rd ODI: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Jan 19 (1:30 PM IST)
India squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (VC & wk), Pat Cummins (VC), Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa