Betting tips, outright winner odds, series predictions and more on Australia's limited-overs tour of India, starting from September 17 till October 13, 2017.
Australia are scheduled to tour India for a five-match one-day international and a three-match T20 international series. The ODI series will be played between September 17 and October 1 followed by the 20-over fixtures that will commence from October 7. Australia's tour will conclude with the third T20 international on October 13.
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Shikhar Dhawan will miss the first three ODIs as he has been released from the squad to attend to his ailing wife. The selectors have brought back pace bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav into their 16-man squad for the first three ODIs while continuing to rest premier spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin for the entire series. This means an extended run for emerging spinners Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Shardul Thakur who played his first international game recently in Sri Lanka has been dropped while allrounder Hardik Pandya has managed to retain his place in the side.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma recently neutralized the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Both of them seem to be hitting top form at the moment and they will be the key batsmen for India in this forthcoming series. MS Dhoni is the team's fourth-highest run-getter in ODIs and the middle-order is going to depend mainly on him. Jasprit Bumrah has climbed up to the fourth spot on the ICC ODI bowlers rankings owing to his superb performance in Sri Lanka where he claimed 15 wickets at a very impressive average of 11.26. While he is going to be India's trump card in the pace department, Kuldeep Yadav who has been bowling well consistently will be the team's best bet when it comes to spin.
Since 2016, India have been involved in six bilateral one-day international series and have won five of them. After facing a 1-4 drubbing in Australia, they have gone on to beat Zimbabwe, New Zealand, England, West Indies and most recently Sri Lanka. They even had a successful ICC Champions Trophy in between where they finished runners-up after suffering a heavy defeat against Pakistan in the final.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Australia's 14-member squad for the ODI series does not feature fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. While the former has yet to recover from his foot injury, the latter was ruled out after suffering an injury in the recent test series in Bangladesh. Kane Richardson has been named as Hazlewood's replacement. Meanwhile, Peter Handscomb has flown in to replace Aaron Finch who is set to miss the first few games of the series due to an aggravated calf injury. Nathan Coulter-Nile will be making a comeback from a back injury while allrounders James Faulkner and Ashton Agar have returned to the team. Among the others to be included is uncapped batsman Hilton Cartwright and he is expected to make his ODI debut.
David Warner and Steven Smith are going to Australia's biggest hopes when it comes to batting. Smith, in particular, will be the team's key man. The skipper showed better application in these conditions than even the Indians themselves when his side toured India for the test series earlier this year. James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell are brilliant allrounders and their familiarity with Indian pitches makes them even more dangerous. Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be the ones to watch out for with the ball. Cummins played two tests against the hosts and ended up picking eight wickets.
Australia's last ODI action came three months ago in the ICC Champions Trophy in England where their entire campaign was marred by rain. Wash-outs in their first two fixtures led to their unfortunate elimination from the tournament. Prior to this, the Aussies had toured New Zealand for a three-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy which they ended up losing 0-2.
Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Kane Richardson, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa
Australia are coming off a pretty ordinary tour of Bangladesh where they could only manage to draw the two-match test series at best after going down in the first match. The Aussie batsmen were found struggling to counter the Bangladeshi spin attack, and playing on similar spin-friendly wickets in India is going to be an even bigger challenge for them.
India have won all of their previous five bilateral ODI series and this will give the team a huge confidence boost ahead of this series. Also, having beaten Australia 2-1 in the test series earlier this year and 3-2 in the 7-match ODI series on Australia's last visit to the country in 2013-14 means that the hosts will be going into this series with a massive edge. Although Australia are the world champions in the 50-over format, beating an in-form Indian team in their own den is not an easy job to accomplish which is why we predict the latter to win this five-match ODI series.
The Australian cricket team has arrived in India to play a four-match test series between February 23 - March 29, 2017. Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune will be the venue for the first test while the final test will be hosted by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharmasala. M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi will be the respective setting for the second and third test. Ahead of the series, Australia are to play a three-day warm-up match against India A from February 17 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
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The Indian selectors have named an unchanged 16-member squad for the first couple of test matches. This means that batsman Rohit Sharma, legspinner Amit Mishra and pace bowler Mohammed Shami won’t be available as they still have not recuperated from their injuries.
Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay are the big guns in the Indian batting lineup. Skipper Kohli is undergoing a purple patch in his career. He has become the first batsmen in the history of the game to record four double-tons in four consecutive test series, surpassing Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid's three each. We therefore predict India's run-machine to top-score for the team in this series as he seeks his fifth consecutive double-hundred. There will be huge expectations from Pujara as well who is averaging a little over 50 in test cricket.
As always has been the case on Indian pitches, the wicket-taking responsibility will once again be shared by the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who will look to exploit Australia's weakness against spin bowling. Ashwin has 254 test wickets in his kitty and he is one of the leading wicket-takers for India in this format. We predict him to finish with the most wickets at the end of this series.
Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Karun Nair, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Virat Kohli (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav.
Steven Smith will be leading the Australian test squad while Matthew Wade will be seen behind the stumps with the gloves on. A few changes have been made to the side from their last test against Pakistan at home which includes the addition of Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and uncapped legspinner Mitchell Swepson.
Australia will back their skipper Steven Smith, David Warner and Shaun Marsh to do well with the bat in this series. Warner is the leading test run-getter from the current Australian squad with 5261 runs from 60 matches. Smith is closing in on him with 4752 runs from 50 matches and since he has the ability to play spin better, we predict him to top-score for Australia in this series. Shaun Marsh has plenty of experience playing in India thanks to the IPL and he is expected to lend good support to Warner and Smith.
Though Indian batters carry the reputation of handling the turning ball pretty well, they have been troubled by spin in recent times. This brings Nathan Lyon into the picture who is Australia's most experienced spin bowler. The off-spinner has taken 228 test wickets which is the most by any bowler from this current squad and he could cause problems for the hosts. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will present the biggest threat among the seam attack. The two shared 29 wickets between them in the Pakistan test series and we predict one of them to be Australia's top bowler in this series.
Steven Smith (c), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk).
Australia have managed to win just one of their past 8 test series against India in India with the rest all being won by the hosts. They last won a test series here way back in 2004/05 which goes to show how difficult it has been to beat India in their own backyard.
The Aussies were whitewashed the last time they toured India in 2012/13 for a four-match series, and the kind of home season India is having at the moment, a similar result is expected this time as well if not a clean sweep. No wonder Australia will be starting off the series so high at 11 with bet365 while India are red-hot favorites at 1.16. Bet365 has a drawn series up at 8.
This is expected to be one roller-coaster of a series as it will be a clash of the top two test teams in the world with world-class players on either side. Australia have tremendous depth in their batting and enough sting in their bowling that can topple the best of the batting lineups. But their biggest concern is that they have not been able to get rid of their spin woes which come to haunt them every time they set foot on the sub-continent. Not long ago, they were blanked in Sri Lanka on spinning tracks and they even got stifled by Pakistan on a slow wicket in one of the ODIs at home.
So unless Australia bat really well against Ashwin and Jadeja, we don't see them pulling off a single win on this tour. Though the tourists may benefit from the fact that India have not played a test match at three of the four venues decided for the series, it will still be a big challenge for them to overcome the hosts who have lost just one of their past 22 test series at home. We therefore predict India to win this test series and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Final Verdict: Back India to beat Australia in the test series at best odds of 1.16 with bet365.
After the big loss in 1st test the odds are changed for both teams. Now the odds for India to win the series are 2.48 with betfair, 2.25 with bet365 and 2.20 with betway. Betfair is offering 2.2 for Australia win. Odds for Australia win with bet365 and betway are 2.75.