India vs Australia ODI Fantasy Tips: First ODI Preview

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India v Australia first ODI

A Glenn Maxwell inspired Australia galloped to a 2-0 T20I series win, but it is time to look at the other way. This tour was meant to be the precursor to both teams’ World Cup preparations. Over the course of next five ODIs, India and Australia will look to answer some of the nagging questions.

These will be the last ODIs for India before their World Cup sojourn, which puts a lot of emphasis on their combinations. Australia are better placed in that aspect, as they play five more ODIs against Pakistan later in the month.

India Preview

KL Rahul’s form from the T20Is was a welcome positive for the side, as Virat Kohli looks to answer the middle-order conundrum. There are talks of the Indian captain coming down to number four, and add solidity to their charge.

The likes of Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar or even Ravindra Jadeja will be watched with special interest. The presence of two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav gives them a solid look. With only the Indian Premier League matches before the World Cup starts after this series, Kohli will look to find a settled combination.

India Predicted XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Rohit Sharma 3 KL Rahul 4 Virat Kohli 5 MS Dhoni (WK) 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Vijay Shankar 8 Kuldeep Yadav 9 Yuzvendra Chahal 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Australia Preview

Australia also have a lot of World Cup plans to check. There is one bowling slot up for grabs and the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson will use this series to make it their own.

Alex Carey is confirmed as the wicket-keeper, and the absence of Shaun Marsh could throw an opportunity for Ashton Turner. Glenn Maxwell’s numbers from the T20Is may not earn him a batting order promotion, but he will be crucial for his side.

Australia Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch 2 Usman Khawaja 3 Peter Handscomb 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Ashton Turner 6 Marcus Stoinis 7 Alex Carey (WK) 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile 9 Pat Cummins 10 Adam Zampa 11 Jason Behrendorff

Fantasy Players to Watch

KL Rahul has shown sparks of brilliance in the two T20Is in the series – 50 in 36 balls and 47 in 26 balls. Another strong performance could be his ticket to England.

Aaron Finch has a double-edged role to play, considering his poor batting form. He has just 225 runs at an average of 22.50 in his last ten ODIs. This could be the start of the turnaround.

Glenn Maxwell has lit the series up already with knocks of 56 and 113* in the T20Is. With a new-found consistency and calmness, he is a must in your fantasy side.

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