Australia have a 2-1 series lead in what seems like the ever-lasting one-day series against India. Barring the second ODI, where India completely thrashed Australia and won by nine wickets, the hosts have looked somewhat subpar. Luckily for them, there are four ODIs remaining to try and make up for it, and they can start in Ranchi on Wednesday.
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Start time: 09:00 BST
Live on: Sky Sports 2, 9:30-18:30 BST
Weather: According to Accuweather, the news is not good. Rain is forecast for most of the afternoon with clear spells here and there, but overall, it could end up being a washout.
Australia hold the aces in the one-day series against India. Their batsmen have hit form when it matters, and, although their pace bowlers have been up and down, they've managed to get results when they had their backs against the wall.
It's all been happening under the watchful eye of skipper George Bailey, who is standing in for the injured Michael Clarke. Bailey has had fruitful tour with the bat, scoring 85, an unbeaten 92 and 43 in his last three outings. He is currently the second-leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 220 runs at an average of 110.
Glenn Maxwell has praised the skipper's influence and Cricinfo quoted him as saying it has been a joy to work with Bailey.
George has obviously been an excellent captain for Tasmania back home and he's done very well. He's won tournaments for them and he's brought that straight into Australia. He's a very confident captain. He's always very upbeat out in the field. He's good to talk to with the bowlers. He's very calm. And especially when he's making runs, he's been such a consistent performer over the last 18 months. It's great to have him doing well at the top and being one of our best performers, not just our skipper. He's been brilliant for the group and has really settled into Pup's [Clarke] shoes quickly. As much as we're going to welcome Pup back, it's been great to have Bails as skipper for this series.
Australia have posted totals of over 300 in each game, but not a single batsman has managed a century. India's batsmen, meanwhile, have managed a few. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni have all notched up blistering tons.
For purveyors of blitzkrieg batting, this series has been a treat, while those who err more on the side of bowling have been left to cringe more often than not. That is unlikely to change in the fourth ODI, should play even be possible.
Virat Kohli has been in sensational form. He's a joy to watch when he gets going. Since the batsmen have dominated this tour, they might as well fully submerge themselves in the destruction.
George Bailey is playing himself into a role of being almost irreplaceable in the one-day setup. His captaincy and his batting will once again be crucial for Australia heading into the fourth ODI.
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