СЦГ. Australia and New Zealand played ODI here in March, in eerie silence. That was to be the last part of the international action in four months.
Cricket has been back for some time, but the silence has not disappeared. On Friday, however, we could see something close to normal – something like the old days – with SCG filled to 50% capacity when Australia meets India for the first of three ODIs.
Fans of the country, and India. You both missed it.
The match will open a long and important Australian summer for both teams, who want to achieve two main long-term goals: to build on next year’s T20 World Cup and win the Border-Gavaskar trophy and strengthen their chances. to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship.
There is a much broader context in the ODI series as well. It is part of the new ODI Super League, and for the players from India who will also take part in the Test series, it is also a chance to get back into the rhythm of longer occasions and longer spells after the long IPL season that followed a few months of rest. Once, the broader context will be secondary.
The context, on Friday, will be the game itself, and especially for the fans of India, all those familiar pleasures that you may have regretted taking for granted. Two of the best teams in the world, filled with some of the most competitive characters in the sport, clashed in front of a crowd. What more can you ask for?
Australia WLWWL (last five matches completed, latest first)
In the spotlight
Average 15.42, the kick rate barely scraping over the ball, and there are no sixes in 106 balls. Glenn Maxwell had a terrible IPL with the bat, but he returned home. And in the ODI format, that should give it a little more time and time – just a little, mind you, down to 7 – to get back in shape. He fought beautifully in his last ODI series in England, just before the IPL, collecting 77 out of 59 balls in the first ODI and 108 out of 90 in the third, turning two tough situations into victories for Australia. But can Maxwell regain that form after a lean patch, and how will he oppose his old nemesis Yuzvendra Chahal?
Hardik Pandya did not pass the ball through IPL 2020, and while that did not have to hurt the Mumbai Indians’ campaign, it could upset India’s balance in the ODI, as none of their other strikers is a viable sixth option for bowling. Pandya was in great form for hitting through the IPL, but he may have to show a little more versatility as a top-six cricket player in ODI. He has the game for it, but it will be interesting to see how he adjusts, especially given that he has not played ODI since the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in July 2019.
Stephen Smith, who missed the ODI series in England with a concussion, is ready to return to the side of the injured Mitchell Marsh, with Marcus Stoinis releasing slot number 3 in all probability.
Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Stephen Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood .
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal is likely to be a partner of Shihar Davan at the top of the row, and KL Rahul continues to keep the No. 5 rockets and batons. between the pace of Navdip Saini and the lower-ranking beating of Shardul Takur for the role of the third sailor. Also, Chahal’s pattern can help him overcome Kuldip Yadav for the only joint slot.
India: 1 Shihar Davan, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Virat Koli (captain), 4 Shrejas Ayer, 5 KL Rahul (Sunday), 6 Hardik Pandja, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Takur / Navdip Saini, 9 Yuzvendra Chaphal / Kuldi 10 Mohamed Shami, 11 Yasprit Bumra.
The terrain and conditions
The game should be high, if the field is consistent with the recent form. The teams competing first have won six of the last seven ODI on this ground, and the average total amount in the first period in that period is 312. The weather is expected to be warm and sunny, with a high of about 24 degrees Celsius.
Statistics and trifles
“If you look at his record, he’s second to none. He’s really great. So I think what we need to keep in mind is that we need to keep looking to get him out. When you start from that and look for him to have players “You can miss a trick there. He is probably the best one-day player of all time, so we work to stick to our plans and be really committed to that plan.”
Aaron Finch about how Australia wants to approach its counterpart Virat Koli this time