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Team India practice ahead of first ODI against Australia

17 September 2017

Legends of the game too involved themselves in the battle of words - some blamed Kohli and his aggressiveness while some used phrases of disppointment towards Smith. However, it was not enough as India clinched the game and the seven-match series 3-2 with two matches being abandoned.

Not a day passes without a spicy cricket story hitting the headlines, be it the pay dispute in Australia, the run-ins between cricket administrators in India or selling Television right of the Indian Premier League. This is the most by a captain in any bilateral ODI series. Peter Handscomb has been drafted into the squad as his replacement, but he will not reach Chennai in time for this first ODI. Both Australia and New Zealand also toured India in 2016-17 season, both of them losing the series. The five-match ODI series will be followed by three T20Is.

Meanwhile, in the Indian team, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been ruled out of the first three ODIs against Australia.The bowler sprained his left ankle during practice session, and Ravindra Jadeja has been named in his place for first three ODIs. But unfortunate for the opener, he failed to make it to the World Cup 2011 squad that was held in India.

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Brathwaite, however, bowled Hales for 43 made off just 17 balls, including eight fours and a six. West Indies won the match by 21 runs . "It's the batting certainly", Morgan said.

It has been becoming a norm in ODI cricket particularly in Asia that a team's top order sets up most of the matches for a team. "I think it's up to the player to get versatile in a manner that he can take up different positions what the team requires him to do", he said.

"Your preparation should matter more than who you are playing against", said Kohli. KL is an outstanding talent, he has proved himself in all formats.

Sri Lanka weren't a match to India as the Men in Blue did not allow them to win a single game on their own patch throughout the tour. We have to make sure we need guys who are more than 100% fit. We are all here thinking wherever the team wants us to play we should do the job. So I think it going to be very good for the batsmen, lots of run to be scored.

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Writsy preference - Since Kuldeep Yadav's brilliance against Australia in the decider of the Border-Gavaskar series at Dharamsala, Kohli and Shastri has grown a sort of fondness for wrist-spin action. Yes, their record at home has been awesome, considering they have overwhelmed England and Australia, their overseas success is limited to winning in the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Geoff Marsh of Australia cricket team in action during the World Cup Group A match against Indian cricket team at MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 9, 1987.

"Sometimes they are good but they don't get the opportunity".

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"It's the ideal time to experiment", said Singh, who will take charge of Bloem City Blazers in the South African T20 Global League later this year. "Hopefully we can put him under pressure early in his spell and try and take him for as many as we can", he said.

Team India practice ahead of first ODI against Australia