The much-anticipated duel between India and Australia will get underway from November 27 with the three-match ODI series followed by three T20Is and four Test matches. Team India will play their first international match after the COVID-19-forced break. However, players from both the countries did play some competitive cricket in the recently concluded Indian Premier League in UAE. Australia though had an international assignment when toured England for limited-overs matches before the IPL. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: Three Players Royal Challengers Bangalore Should Target for Upcoming Season
The ODI series will to set the tone for the tour and both the teams will be eager to start on a winning note. Also Read - Rishabh Pant on MS Dhoni: Not Good to Compare Legend With a Youngster
Not many Australian players had a good IPL. Glenn Maxwell had a poor season while the likes of Steve Smith and Aaron Finch were inconsistent. Pat Cummins, the costliest overseas player in IPL history, also had an underwhelming season with the ball. Also Read - India Cricketers Arrive Home After Beating Australia 2-1 in Border-Gavaskar Trophy
David Warner and Marcus Stoinis were amongst the few Aussie players who had a decent season.
Here we take a look at the five Australian cricketers to look out for in upcoming ODI series
The southpaw is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous batsmen in white-ball cricket and has the ability to change the course of the game on his own. The 34-year-old started slowly in IPL 2020 but picked the pace in the middle as he slammed 548 runs in 16 games. Warner also has an outstanding record while playing against India. He has amassed 838 runs in 19 games at an average of 49.29 including three centuries against the Asian giants. Warner will play a crucial role at the top to set the tone for the much-hyped series.
The modern-day legend is one of the toughest competitors for any team in all three formats. With his unconventional technique, Smith has the ability to manipulate bowlers and the field at will. The premier Aussie batsman had a rough IPL 2020 as he managed to score just 311 runs in 14 games at an average of 25.91. However, Smith has claimed that he has got his rhythm back and is ready to score big runs against India. The 31-year-old has always been a tough puzzle to crack for India as he as a fantastic record against them with 907 runs in 18 games at an excellent average of 60.46.
The premier Aussie pacer skipped IPL 2020 but he is ready to create havoc in the upcoming ODI series against India. Starc was in decent touch with the ball against England in the September ODI series as he scalped five wickets in three outings. The left-arm seamer has tasted a fair share of success against India with 16 wickets in 11 games. Starc with the new ball can trouble the Indian top-order who will be missing Rohit Sharma in the limited-overs series.
The legspinner is expected to play a huge role for Australia in the limited-overs series. He has an excellent record against their India captain Virat Kohli, having dismissed him the most no of time in ODIs – seven so far. Earlier, in the ODI series against India in January, Zampa dismissed Kohli’s twice in three games. He will have the psychological edge over the Indian skipper and will hope to maintain his stranglehold.
The flamboyant Australia allrounder had a tough time with the bat in IPL 2020. The 32-year-old only scored 108 runs in 13 matches and was criticised heavily by many for his approach. The spotlight will be on Maxwell as he was in great touch when Australia last played an ODI series as he slammed 186 runs in 3 games against England in September. But the IPL 2020 raised doubts over his credibility with the bat which he will try to clear in the series against India against whom he has a decent record with 746 runs in 25 games.