Australia, India hope not to 'cross the line'

Australia, India hope not to 'cross the line'

However, the two won't get a direct entry in the playing XI as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah had hardly put a foot wrong in the limited-overs leg in Sri Lanka. The Indians are now ready to start their home stretch against one of their bitter rivals in recent times - Steve Smith's Australia.

Virat Kohli has prooved time and again his love for white- ball cricket and the cricketer will surely be preparing for another great game against the Australian team.

Kohli faltered in the Test series - 46 runs in five innings, his poorest return from a Test series on home soil - and has a point to prove against Australia. Can KL Rahul nail down the No. 4 spot?

Kohli hinted that Hardik Pandya was the find of the Sri Lanka tour. A lot of their questions will get definitive answers. The lacuna in preparation for the 2019 World Cup would lay exposed.

Given the strengths and weaknesses of both the teams, the first match becomes all the more crucial and will generate some kind of momentum going into the further matches.

"If you look to bat in the same position in all formats, then it can get very hard for the team to find the right balance including that player".

The BCCI kept faith in the majority of the players with pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav recalled to the 16-man squad.

Perhaps, it was the spin factor which saw the Aussies hire former Tamil Nadu first-class cricketer S Sriram as a spin consultant to face the Indians. Out of the 144 ODIs that the two sides have played, India has managed to win only 40 matches while eight yielded no result. "Once you get that balance with giving that player more chances then he gets more confident of his role in the team", he added.

As reported by the Sportstar on Friday, the left-arm spinner hobbled off from the ground after hurting his ankle. Australia had emerged triumphed with a 4-1 win in the 5 match ODI series. So Hilton Cartwright will partner with David Warner at the top.

Even without their pace spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, ruled out due to injuries, the Steve Smith-led side has the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar to trouble the Indian batsmen. Faulkner is back and so is Coulter-Nile.

There have been question marks over the futures of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, who have not featured for India since the ICC Champions Trophy in June and the South Africa series in 2015, respectively.

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