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.
Read on for team analysis, key players, betting tips and prediction for Ind vs Aus ODI series 2017...
India have brought back pace bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav into their 16-man squad for the first three ODIs while continuing to rest their 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, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan recently neutralized the Sri Lankan bowling attack. All three of them seem to be hitting top form at the moment and they will form the backbone of India's batting 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, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), 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. 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, Aaron Finch and Steven Smith make for one of the most feared top-order batting lineups in world cricket. Smith, in particular, will be Australia'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, Aaron Finch, 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.