Australia won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the first One-Day International at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Here is what the captains said:
“We are gonna bat first mate. I think the middle overs we have to get it right. We need to brush up there and improve. I think we need to keep wickets in the back end. Freshed up after playing BBL.”
“We would have batted first as well but some of the players are inclined towards chasing. It’s a brilliant wicket to play on, with shorter boundary on one side. It’s going to be an exciting chase as I am always inclined towards chasing. Anyways we have to bowl first now. We are always looking to improve. We need to strike when the big games arrive. When two quality players (Hardik and Rahul) are not featuring, it affects the balance of the side. Jadeja is back in the side, let’s see what he’s got to offer.”
There is little doubt that India will be the red-hot favourites to win the series-opener against an Australian team that is struggling to deliver across formats. The momentum is firmly with the tourists following their historic win in the Test series and the Men in Blue will be keen to make the most of it as they aim to win their first bilateral ODI series on the Australian soil. With the World Cup not very far away, this series will be an ideal preparation for Virat Kohli & Co.
Australia, on the other hand, will be desperate to start the year on a high after a disastrous 2018. The reigning 50-over World Champions are playing the game with a reshuffled lineup and will be hoping that the move pays off.
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed