Ravindra Jadeja is there for a chat. He says that he and Hardik were thinking to play till the end in the last ODI as they knew that there is not much batting left. Goes onto say that there will be something for the spinners and he would love to bowl on this wicket. Adds that he started the sword celebration at Lord’s in 2014.
India (Playing XI) – Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (WK), Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, T Natarajan.
Australia (Playing XI) – Aaron Finch (C), D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade (WK), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
Virat Kohli, India’s captain, says that it is a great chance to look at a few guys (in view of the 2020 T20 WC). States that they need to do well and continue that momentum. Adds that T Natarajan is making his T20I debut and states that he was composed in the last game. Wants to expose the players to different situations, keeping the T20 World Cup in mind.
Aaron Finch, Australia’s skipper, agrees that the road to the 2020 T20 World Cup starts today. Says that D’Arcy Short will fill the shoes of David Warner and will open with him. Is proud to wear the indigenous jersey.
TOSS – The men concerned are out in the middle for the toss. Up goes the coin and it lands in Finch’s favour. AUSTRALIA WILL BOWL FIRST!
Glenn Maxwell is there for a chat. He says that he started to find something towards the Quarantine and once he started hitting the ball well, he hit the ball really well. Adds that he hopes to continue the form in the T20Is as well. Goes onto say that he practiced the switch-hit a lot more especially during quarantine. Tells that he feels that the switch-hit is a legitimate shot. Adds that he enjoys playing against Bumrah as he is a great bowler.
Australia meanwhile were very clinical in the ODI series. Their batting is well set and sorted. Yes, the absence of Warner leaves a big hole but they have demonstrated the ability to step up even in David’s absence. Their bowlers took a tonking, just like India’s. With Cummins being rested for the T20Is, there is a lot on Starc (if he is fit to play) and other bowlers’ shoulders. Can the Aussies carry the same momentum from the ODI series here as well? Let’s find out…
India batted well in the preceding ODI series but it was their bowling that let them down in the first couple of ODIs. In the third, just when it seemed like India would lose the plot, the bowlers did well to swing it back. Now, they have the likes of Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar as well. Will they make any changes to their side, as far as their bowling fortunes are concerned? Will be interesting to watch that.
Time now for T20Is. Or is it back to T20Is? Whichever way you like to look at it, it is the wonder of sport that we all are awaiting with bated breath. And we are in for a treat as a similar number of T20Is are set to be played between these two sides as much as the ODIs played earlier. We continue to be in Canberra and let’s see if India can work their magic again here, after having won the 3rd ODI earlier.
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