Tim Paine, Australian Test captain, will lead his team in the high-voltage four-match Test series against India next month, but before that Virat Kohli’s men will be up against Aaron Finch’s led-unit in six white-ball internationals- three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Paine might not be a part of the Australian white-ball set-up but he has already started playing mind games ahead of the marquee rubber.
In a teaser launched by Indian broadcaster for the series, Sony Sports Network, the Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman dubbed the upcoming ODI and T20I series as the ‘biggest series of the year’ before asking the Indian fans to rally around their Men in Blue for he believes that the ODI and T20I rubbers will be ‘really tough’ for Virat Kohli and his boys.
The white-ball rubber will kick off with a three-match One-day International series at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground from November 27. The second ODI will also take place at the SCG before the final game takes place in Australia’s capital, Canberra.
“Hello India, are you ready for the biggest cricket series of the year? It is going to be really tough out there in the middle for the Indian players. Catch the live action from November 27 on Sony Sports Network.” Tim Paine said while unveiling the teaser.
Can India repeat their 2019 heroics against Australia?
The visitors have had a lid over the Aussies in the 50-over format in recent years. Barring the home rubber that Virat Kohli’s men lost [2-3] in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup, the Men in Blue have come out victors in the past three out of four bilateral series- 4-1 in 2017, 2-1 in 2019 [in Australia] and 2-1 at home earlier this year.
The last time Virat Kohli’s men played an ODI series in Australia, they scripted history as they notched up their first-ever bilateral series win Down Under. That said, India was blanked 0-3 in their last ODI assignment before the pandemic [vs New Zealand] while Australia came out victors against world champions, England [2-1], in their last assignment.