Since the beginning of 2023, India has been in top form in ODI cricket. They brushed aside a weakened Sri Lankan side and a depleted Kiwi side that appeared to be shadows of themselves. However, Australia will present far more difficult challenges than the previous two visiting teams.
India and Australia are set to begin the white-ball series after a tough ending to the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Steve Smith informed the fans during the toss session that Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh will take up the roles of Alex Carey and David Warner.
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. Alex Carey is sick so he has gone home, so Josh Inglis will come in today. David Warner is not yet fully fit, so Mitch Marsh will open the batting. The rest of the changes will come on the big television here soon enough..
With their key opener and wicket-keeper unavailable for selections, check out team Australia’s playing XI for the 1st ODI –
Australia (Playing XI): Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith(c), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
On the other hand,
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.