India and Australia begin a lengthy one-day international series in Pune on Sunday, 13 October 2013. The two sides will play seven one-day internationals with the final one on 2 November 2013.
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Date: Sunday, 13 October 2013
Start time: 09:00 BST
Live on: Sky Sports 2, 9:30-18:30 BST
Weather: Not good news on the weather front. Although it will be very hot and humid, there will be plenty of showers around, according to Accuweather. A few clear spots are predicted, but as it stands, it looks like the game might end up in a washout.
Australia simply can't catch a break at the moment and they lost the only T20 by six wickets, despite scoring more than 200 runs.
They have a chance to redeem themselves here, though, and those players who also cross over into the Test domain can get in some valuable practice time before the return Ashes series in Australia starts in late November.
The series at least has some context. The two sides are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the ODI rankings, with Australia having the chance to displace India at the top—but to do that, they have to beat India in at least six of the matches.
That seems an unlikely prospect considering their hosts' prowess. India have lost just five of the 23 ODIs they have played this year and are on an unbeaten run since they clinched the Champions Trophy.
Australia are without two of their mainstays—skipper Michael Clarke who misses out through injury and coach Darren Lehmann who has stayed behind in Australia to begin Ashes preparations. In Lehmann's place is fielding coach Steve Rixon, who has said that he views this opportunity as a way for the inexperienced players to gain some experience.
Sky Sports quoted Rixon as saying:
We want to let the younger players develop and in doing so we have a strong competition around us, which bring the guys on very quickly. We look at the tournament, not just as a tournament but a chance to be number one in the world in one of the three formats. It is very important for the players and for coaching staff and for Cricket Australia.
For India, it's simply an opportunity to assert further their dominance in the one-day format and shine their crown as world No. 1 and world champions.
Shikhar Dhawan, the man with the finest moustache in world cricket at the moment, had a reasonable outing in the Champions League T20. He scored 250 runs, the second highest of the competition, at an average of 41.66. Translating that form into something in the one-day series shouldn't too tough for the rising star.
George Bailey might be new to captaincy, but he is a feisty competitor and showed that he can score some gritty knocks during Australia's lengthy tour of England. He'll be under pressure, both as captain and as batsman, and if he can come away unscathed, he'll set himself up for a good run in the remainder of the series.
MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat
Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, George Bailey, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
Taken from Cricket365.com
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