Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Indian ODI squad to face Australia announced

Indian ODI squad to face Australia announced

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 16-man squad for the first three matches of the upcoming five-match ODI series against the Australian team on Sunday afternoon.

The MSK Prasad led selection committee showed faith in their current squad, that played in Sri Lanka, which involved young bowlers like left-arm spinner Axar Patel, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, and Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who performed quite remarkably in Sri Lanka-India 5 Match ODIs.

The limited-overs specialists, who arrived from Australia via Singapore yesterday, were Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson.

Ashwin has not been selected by his country for the forthcoming one-day worldwide series against Australia with India continuing the policy evident versus Sri Lanka in taking another look at some other spinners.

Australia are coming off what was a challenging Test series against Bangladesh which they somehow managed to level.

In a case of a possible rotation, Jadhav and Rahul, who returned from the island nation with fairly poor numbers, could be the ones to make way.

The presence of former India cricketer S. Sriram as the spin bowling coach added value to the side, said Smith. "He has got a pretty good record over the last a year or two".

The series against Australia will begin with an ODI in Chennai on September 17, followed by matches in Kolkata, Indore, Bangalore and Nagpur. "I know before the last Ashes series there was a ODI tour with India much like this one", he said. But we have to wait and see and adapt to the conditions accordingly.

"When we initially signed him it was with a view to him playing all four games but changes in the Future Tours programme meant Australia's white-ball games with India were brought forward". "Sri has been really good". It' s always tough playing India in India.

Indian selectors will face some interesting choices as they meet to select the squad for the upcoming series against Australia considering the available talent pool at their disposal.

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