India and Australia are set to begin the white-ball series after a tough ending to the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Team India, led by Hardik Pandya, have opted to bowl first after winning the toss in the 1st ODI.
Hardik Pandya: We’ll bowl first. It is a good track and dew factor will be there. We feel we will do well in the second innings. I got some time off, breaks are like gold dust for me so it gave me a chance to rest and improve. Playing for India every game and every format is important. With this being a WC year, the ODI format is important.
On the other hand the skipper of the visiting team, Steve Smith, stated that he feels relaxed on losing the tods as he was confused on what to choose.
Steve Smith: Good toss to lose. Happy batting first because I didn’t know what to do. We got to try our best to adjust to these conditions, and get our combinations right with the WC in mind. I think we played well in the back end (on BGT series), and plenty of fresh faces to choose from.
🚨 Toss Update – with a special initiative 🚨@hardikpandya7 – making his ODI captaincy debut – has won the toss & #TeamIndia have elected to bowl against Australia.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) March 17, 2023