IND vs AUS: Australia Plans To Induct 8 Batters In Playing XI To Bat A Little Deeper- Coach Andrew McDonald

IND vs AUS: Australia Plans To Induct 8 Batters In Playing XI To Bat A Little Deeper- Coach Andrew McDonald
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 20: Australia interim head coach Andrew McDonald is seen during warm up before game five of the T20 International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 20, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Ahead of India vs Australia 1st ODI, Australian coach Andrew McDonald said that his team will have 8 batters in the playing XI in the opening match against India. He said that the team wants to bat a little deeper against India.

India vs Australia 1st ODI is all set to take place on March 17 (Friday) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The IND vs AUS ODI series will witness three games. Steve Smith is the skipper of Australia in the series. Hardik Pandya will lead the Indian side in the opening encounter.

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Australia Will Play 8 Batters in 1st ODI: Coach Andrew McDonald

While speaking to the press ahead of the opening game, Andrew McDonald said that Australia has decided to play 8 batters in the 1st ODI to bat a little bit deeper. Andrew McDonald also said that there are many all-rounders in their squad which will help them to play more batters in the playing XI.

“We’ve got a couple conversations around the balance of the team we want to play. We’ve gone in with a structure with eight batters to bat a little bit deeper, we’ve tried that. So there’ll be a mix of combinations as we lead into the World Cup. A lot of all-rounders (have been) picked in the squad and they can all play in the one team. So we’ve got to answer a few of those questions,” Andrew McDonald said.

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India will miss the services of skipper Rohit Sharma in the opening game, who is not part of the match due to personal reasons. Vice-captain Hardik Pandya will lead the team in the match. Shreyas Iyer is also out of the ODI series due to a back injury. Players like Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and Mohammed Shami are part of India’s squad.

For Australia, skipper Pat Cummins is not part of the series and Steve Smith will lead the team in the series. Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell have returned to the side after recovering from injuries which is a piece of good news for the team.

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