After securing their spots in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, India and Australia will now focus on white-ball cricket as they prepare for the 50-over World Cup this year.
By India Today Sports Desk: India will take on Australia in the first ODI at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Friday (March 17).
After securing their spots in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, the two sides will now focus on white-ball cricket as they prepare for the 50-over World Cup this year.
The weather forecast for the first ODI in Mumbai is in favour of cricket fans. The conditions are apt for a cricket match, with humidity expected to be 46 percent. The cloud cover is five percent and the temperature is likely to dip from 33 degrees Celsius as the match progresses.
Hardik Pandya, who will lead India in the absence of captain Rohit Sharma in the first ODI, backed the bowling unit to do well despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
“Jassi (Jasprit Bumrah) hasn’t been around for quite some time now. The bowling group has been doing a decent job. They’re all experienced now, the number of games they have played,” Pandya said on the eve of the match.
“Having Jassi makes a massive difference but to be very honest, we aren’t much bothered because the guys who have taken the role of Jassi, I am quite confident they’ll be doing very well. It gives us good confidence.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh said he would love as many as possible all-rounders in Australia’s playing XI.
“The more allrounders, the better,” Marsh said. “For the balance of our team, having as many allrounders in here as we can is really important for the structure we line up with.
“England have guys batting at No.8 that are genuine batters. It gives you the ability to either set really big totals or chase big totals. You’ll see that hopefully this series.
“And looking forward to the World Cup, just the way the cricket is played here in the white-ball format, you’re going to have to chase big scores or make big scores to be able to defend them. So the more flexibility you can have with your batting line up and depth (is) going to be really important.”