India National Cricket Team had won the toss & opted to bowl first against Australia at Wankhede Stadium. The Aussies were dealt with a huge blow as David Warner, the swashbuckling batter was not fit. Astonishingly Alex Carey was not in the playing 11. Alex Carey had a forgettable BGT 2023 where he looked in all sorts of trouble.
Skipper Hardik Pandya (*only for 1st ODI) would be tested as the Aussies have a long & dangerous batting lineup. India has got a potent bowling lineup in the form of Shami, Siraj, and Shardul whereas the spin duo of Jadeja & Kuldeep can create havoc. It would be interesting to see how Hardik rotates the bowlers as the Wankhede pitch looks a belter.
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Steve Smith on Alex Carey
Steve Smith during the coin toss was asked about their playing 11 against India
“Alex Carey’s sick, he’s gone home. Josh Inglis has come in. David Warner’s still not fit, he’s missing out today. Mitchell Marsh is going to go to the top. The rest will come up on TV, I’m sure!” said Steve Smith.
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Concerns for Australia
Alex Carey’s absence may hurt Australia as the left-handed batter can provide stability to the team in the middle overs, especially against the spinners. Josh Inglis has been named into the playing 11 where the batter can hit lusty blows at the back end of the innings. Aussies would be aiming to post a total in excess of 280 as there are chances that dew may come into play.
All eyes would be on Kuldeep Yadav as the left-arm chinaman would be keen to make a case for themselves for the upcoming ODI WC 2023. It would be interesting to see whether Ravindra Jadeja can replicate his form into the ODI format as the all-rounder is making comeback to the ODI arena after July 2022.
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