Last Update on: January 12th, 2020 at 03:34 pm
Australia and India are all set to engage in a mouth-watering clash in the three-match ODI series, beginning from the 14th of January. The men in blue have enjoyed a successful home season so far, having defeated South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka so far convincingly. Ahead of the ODI series, Kane Richardson labelled the home side as the favourites.
On the previous occasion, Australia landed in India as underwhelming underdogs, mainly because of the absence of David Warner and Steven Smith. However, they still managed to beat Virat Kohli’s men by 3-2. In the current series, the men in yellow, with their full-strength side can fancy their chances of defeating them again.
Even after the previous result, Richardson refused to term themselves having the upper hand. He further said that they are high on confidence; however, they see themselves as underdogs since beating them at their home is an uphill task. Aaron Finch’s men play their first game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
“I think the home team is always favourite. I think on the back of last year, I think Finchy (Aaron Finch) has said no team has ever won here back to back. It’s going to be so hard. India in India is always the biggest challenge and after what happened last year they will be ready for it. Confidence is up but the home team is always favourite. We are the underdogs.” Richardson said as quoted by India Today.
Australia practising with wet balls to prepare for the dew factor:
The 28-year old also said that they are gearing themselves up for some batting-friendly conditions by training with wet balls. Dew in India is generally a significant factor in the day and night games due to which the teams batting second are in with an advantage. The South Australian pacer remarked that stand in coach Andrew Mcdonald arrived here last night to assess the dew factor.
“Andrew McDonald camped out here last night to try and see what time the dew came in. Who knows, everyone is guessing. I think everyone is prepared. We’re going to train today with some wet balls so we can practice that. We’ll just wait and see on game day. It’s nothing new, we have dew back home as well.” he further added.
Kane Richardson is part of the pace bowling department that includes Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood.