Ind vs Aus 2019: With the upcoming World Cup around the corner, the Men in Blue will look to get their house in order during the Australia series. India could chop and change, just to try all permutation-combinations to pick the best squad for the marquee event. The Indian’s have been in good form in overseas conditions. Now, they will host Australia in their backyard, conditions they know. So, what could be the changes? Reports suggest that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could be rested and Rishabh Pant could open with KL Rahul, who would be making a comeback to the squad.
By the looks of it, it seems that Ajinkya Rahane could also get a go in the upcoming series. The Men in Blue do not have a settled middle-order and hence it is a great opportunity for the Maharashtra cricketer to make a case for himself with some runs under his belt. The middle-order could comprise of Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik. This is a fight for the No 4 and 5 spots in the team. MS Dhoni could also be rested for the T20Is but should make it to the ODIs. The allrounders would be Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar. The pacers would be Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed. And the spinners would be Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Umesh and Khaleel could be the third seamer for the World Cup.
The team for the two-match T20Is and five ODIs will be announced on February 15.
India’s probable ODI squad for Australia series: Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Meanwhile, Australia has already announced their squad.
Australia T20I/ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (cover for Marsh)