Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Australia v India: first one-day worldwide

Ind vs Aus,India vs Australia,Justin Langer Team India celebrate their Test win over Australia
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2019, 04:59

The pair were in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, 2-1.

Diana Edulji, a former India women's captain who is part of a Supreme Court appointed committee overseeing BCCI affairs, said on Friday that the duo should not play until an investigation is complete.

They have great riches in all positions but they are likely to be without Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul after recent comments made on a television show that the BCCI have taken a dim view of so the likelihood is that they will not be considered for selection here which is no major issue given their strength and depth.

The under-fire players have been suspended pending an inquiry into their sexist comments on a TV show, ruling them out of the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning Saturday in Sydney.

The development has left Rahul and Pandya facing suspension.

While the on-field focus in Indian cricket is set to shift to white-ball cricket with the ODI series against Australia, the off-field attention has been hogged by controversial interview on an entertainment show.

Ahead of today's first ODI against Australia at the SCG, India captain Virat Kohli said the comments made by the Rahul and Pandya were not supported by their teammates. Apart from the 1985 World Championship and 2008 CB Series wins, they have lost 35 out of 48 ODIs played against Australia on their home soil.

Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for this ODI series as the team management wants to manage his workload.

They were omitted from the line-up for the opening match in Sydney. But there were no sizeable contributions from the middle order. India may go in with Kuldeep Yadav as the only spinner in the side.

Some of the greatest cricketers who retire from global cricket in recent years continue to play in T20 leagues around the world. We are always looking to improve. Days after their historic maiden Test series triumph, Kohli asserted that the side does not stand by the "individual opinions", which have triggered a social media storm. Veteran Peter Siddle, who last represented Australia in 2010, has also been included in the team for the first match.

India (from): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami.