India vs Australia: Aussies in desperate need to turn around ODI form


"Our bowlers have to be on the top of their game to keep them quiet this series", the 28-year-old added.

With superstar talents like captain Smith, the enigmatic David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, Australia will always pose a serious threat in any format, but the need to bounce back and find their best cricket in a hostile environment against a hungry opposition desperate to continue to stamp their authority on the tourists is paramount.

He said he wanted to get as much game time under his belt as possible."It is up to each individual how he wants to do it", Rohit said. "We have got plans for them, which I can not reveal".

The two sides last played a bilateral series in both formats in January 2016, "down under". I open in T20Is, I would do that any day if there is a guy in the middle order whose strengthen it. So I should be flexible enough to do that. "I think it's up to the player to get versatile in a manner that he can take up different positions what the team requires him to do", he said.

Kohli agreed that it takes time for anyone to settle in a particular batting slot.

"I feel confident and it was nice to get some time in the middle the other day to get a feel for the wicket and the conditions". Does Ajinkya Rahane, who could open in Shikhar Dhawan's absence, have the ability to match modern scoring standards? Hes also opened a lot in ODIs as well. He said that Rahane has found it hard to switch roles and it's just fair on management's part to give him enough opportunities to prove his worth.

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The top-order debate - Virat Kohli at No. 3, with not an inch of doubt.

While senior man Jadeja has a wealth of experience of playing in Chennai, wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been impressive in the limited-overs format for the team. The result should give them the confidence to take on the Indian spin which has a new look with two wrist spinners in the line-up.

62 runs required by Kohli and Rohit Sharma to bypass Dhoni and Yuvraj on the list of most successful Indian ODI pairs. Thus, Rahul, who generally is an opener in Tests was given the role of No. 4 in the Sri Lanka series, but things faild to pan out for the batsman. You will assess the strength and weaknesses of the teams but you can not increase or decrease your intensity according to who you are playing against. "So, we like to prepare the same way and play with same intensity regardless of who we are playing".

Head coach Ravi Shastri reiterated that Dhoni will be on the plane to England in 2019 and Singh believes it's unfair that a player, who has captained the national team to 2011 World Cup, 2007 World Twenty20 and 2013 Champions Trophy glory, would face such questions.

India beat Australia 2-1 earlier this year in a controversial Test series, played in such a hostile atmosphere that India skipper Virat Kohli said at the end he didn't consider Australian cricketers as his "friends" any longer. "He is a very good player", Smith said when asked about the ratio.