IND vs AUS: India Look To Lock Middle-Order, Sixth Bowler Ahead Of T20 World Cup

India will try to sort out their combinations, especially in the mid-range, as they finalize their plans and preparations for the T20 World Cup, when a three-game home game against Australia starts here on Tuesday. While a few fast bowlers will rest over the course of six games before the World Cup – three games against South Africa will follow after the Australian series – India has a full-strength team at their disposal to complete combinations.

The T20 format is all about being flexible, but as he said prior to the first T20, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma wants to get ‘all the answers’ from his players for the flagship ICC event in Australia.

Although India did well in the Asian Cup, they have resorted to a lot of changes during the tournament. Their lack of depth in the bowling department was also exposed, but Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah are now back to bolster the attack.

Rohit has made it clear that KL Rahul will be his opening partner in Australia, but there is a possibility Virat Kohli will open alongside him. With the star batter scoring a memorable hundred in his last T20 innings, the temptation will always be there to let him bat at the top.

The top four are almost sorted, but the jury is still out on the role of wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in the playing eleven.

With Ravindra Jadeja injured, will India keep left-handed Pant over Karthik, who is a designated finisher in the squad? Karthik, who was barely allowed to hit in the Asian Cup, hoped for substantial playing time in the next two weeks.

Deepak Hooda played all the Super 4 games in the UAE, but ambiguity remains about his role on the side.

Jadeja’s injury during the Asian Cup upset the team’s bowling balance. Of six bowling options, India was forced to play with five bowlers.

If India plays both Hardik Pandya and Jadeja’s like-for-like replacement, Axar Patel, the team will have the additional bowling option.

Axar and Yuzvendra Chahal can be the two spinners, with Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal and Hardik making up the tempo attack.

Conditions in Australia will be very different from here and management will keep that in mind.

Australia, on the other hand, has come to India without some of their key players, including David Warner (equipped).

Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh, who have minor injuries before the World Cup, have also stayed in Australia.

The focus will be on skipper Aaron Finch, who recently retired from ODIs after a prolonged meager patch. He will be aiming for a bag full of runs in the run-up to the World Cup at home.

Another player who has attracted a lot of attention is power-hitter Tim David, who is about to make his debut in Australia after playing international cricket for Singapore.

David has made a name for himself with his achievements in T20 competitions around the world and he would like to match that at the highest level.

Squads: Australia: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam zampa.

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India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandaran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.

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