The summer of cricket gets underway in Sydney this Friday afternoon as the first One Day International between Australia and India takes place at the SCG.
This is the first of a three game series between the two countries that will continue on Sunday at the SCG and culminate in Canberra at Manuka Oval next Wednesday.
India are currently ranked 2nd on the ICC ODI World Rankings and Australia fourth, and we are in for a cracking series if One Day cricket.
We have completed our homework and our full Australia v India First ODI Tips & Preview can be viewed below.
Australia comes into this three match series against India riding high off the back of a 2-1 series win against the top ranked One Day team in the world, England in their home country.
There are plenty of runs in the Australian team and their batting line up runs very deep. We have a top order that is envied by every team in the world with David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and even Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins capable of scoring bulk runs throughout the summer.
The Australian bowling line up is full of wicket takers as well. Mitchell Starc found some form in England and will be well rested having skipped the IPL season in India. Pat Cummins is currently ranked #6 in the ICC ODI World Bowling rankings and Josh Hazlewood #7.
David Warner has an incredible record against India in ODIs having hit 838 runs from 19 games at an average of 49.29 including three centuries and has never registered a duck!
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The main concern for India heading into this One Day International series is the lack of cricket at the highest level.
This opening game will be their first International game in nine months.
If there is one thing that India lacks, it is batting depth. Virat Kohli continues to be a revelation in the cricketing world in all forms of the game but 50 over cricket is arguably where he shines the most. He averages an incredible 59.34 runs per innings in ODIs with 43 centuries and and 58 fifties.
Kohli is rated the best 50 over batsmen in the world and India boast the second ranked batsmen as well in Rohit Sharma but he will not be playing in this series which leaves the batting cabinet pretty bare at the top of the order.
Jasprit Bumrah is the second highest ranked ODI bowler in the world behind Trent Boult of New Zealand and he will be the leading wicket taker in this series if India win.
Kohli has played five times in ODIs at the SCG with a high score of 21 and an average of just 9.
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