India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (w), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul
Australia (From): Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (w), D Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Usman Khawaja, Ashton Turner
Preview by Vishaal Loganathan
Academically, this might be just another baseless T20I bilateral series, but with the World Cup looming, there is no missing Both India and Australia head to Visakhapatnam with an eye on how they will eventually head to England. While India has more or less settled on the team, they believe can take the trophies from Australia, the defending champions are still casting fishing rods hoping to find themselves the catches that their team's quality take some notches by.
It may not be the right format, with the World Cup in mind, but it gives the team another chance to fine tune their set up. Kohli admitted that he had better served if the Vizag and Bengaluru T20s were ODIs instead. But he also added that the T20s will help him fall and batting skills atleast. With the IPL coming up too, there will not be any reason for their players to use their format to hone said skills, but as Kohli pointed out, it could lead to 'bad habits' as well, something players are very careful.
Australia's players themselves are just returning from their Big Bash League exploits. Their squad for the T20Is and the ODIs are the same, and should be allowed to get in the right rhythm
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, though Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav are rested for the T20s. Hardik Pandya's should seek Vijay Shankar with a chance to put his all-round skills, and much depends on how he starts in Vizag
When: India vs Australia, 1st T20I, 7 PM Local time
Where: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
What to expect: Hot conditions with little chance of rain and a pitch with runs in it.
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