India, meanwhile, has released its own opener Shikhar Dhawan for the first three ODIs to tend to his sick wife. Peter Handscomb has replaced Finch while Travis Head has been brought in, to open with David Warner.
In the backdrop of fiery series in February and March in Australia, Indian Vice-captain Rohit Sharma today said both the teams were aggressive in nature, but as professional cricketers one should not cross the limits.
The match is part of Australia's limited-overs tour of India comprising of five ODIs and three T20Is.
Without going into stats which in any case are flying around, India have done exceptionally well in the a year ago or so as most key series' have been played at home. Yet, Australia, who are coming off a resounding Test-series-levelling rout of Bangladesh in Chittagong, are never far away from finding their best, irrespective of the format. Under unfortunate circumstances, which was basically the poor weather condition in England, Steve Smith's side, who were the potential champions, were shown the exit gate in the very league stage of the Champions Trophy.
In the a year ago, India's top three batsmen have contributed 57.6% of the team runs, while Australia's top three have accounted for 54.5%. Steve Smith was caught looking at the Australian dressing room moments before appealing for a DRS.
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While injuries have been a major concern for Rohit, he doesn't seem to worry too much about the schedule.
Mouth-watering encounters can be expected from the two cricket giants. An India-Australia battle without such showdowns, doesn't make sense to the fans, right?
While addressing the press conference, Kohli revealed that he is backing Ajinkya Rahane to bat at top of the order. We saw that the last time we came here in 2013, it was a run-fest where 350 was around par. The skipper has been in top form off late with a renewed discussion saying that yes he can beark Sachin Tendulkar's record.
With the Sri Lanka series, Team India took one step towards their plan of rotation and experimentation to create a batting-order line up so versatile that batsman can produce as in when required from any position. Ergo, a tussle between the two and who would Kohli pick, would unviel at Chidambaram.
"That being said, India know exactly what they are capable of doing". The sultry weather made the going hard for the visiting team during their warm-up match against Indian Board President's XI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Besides Adam Zampa, Smith has the chance of playing with three more spin options in the side in Ashton Agar, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell - each of who spent considerable amount of time bowling in the nets on Saturday. For us it is about trying to find the right group of players to fill all slots.
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