Australia captain Aaron Finch has said his team cannot afford to make mistakes if they are to do well in the upcoming limited-overs tour of India. Finch and his teammates head to India on Monday, well ahead of the two-match T20I series, starting February 24 in Visakhapatnam.
Buoyed by the Big Bash League win, the Melbourne Renegades captain said Australia’s focus will be on having a clear game plan during the T20I and ODI series, which will be their second-last international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.
While insisting that India are the best white-ball side in their home conditions, Finch pointed out that Australia can’t even afford to be slightly off the mark in their upcoming assignment.
“I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.
“If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”
Notably, Australia lost their first-ever bilateral ODI series at home to India only earlier this year. Finch’s men squandered an opportunity to clinch the series after winning the first ODI in Sydney. MS Dhoni led India’s charge with the bat, scoring three successive half-centuries and helping the team come back from behind to create history.
Australia will be without their premier fast bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood but the visitors have a lot of firepower with the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins being part of the 15-member squad.
Kohli returns to lead India vs Australia
India have announced a full-strength squad for the series, which will be their last limited-over assignment ahead of the World Cup. Virat Kohli returns to lead the side after having missed a part of the New Zealand tour while Jasprit Bumrah also joins the squad after after resting through the ODIs in Australia and the entire New Zealand tour.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has also been included in the T20I and the ODI squads as India are looking at the Karnataka batsman as a reserve opener for the World Cup. Rahul struggled during the four-Test series in Australia and was subsequently suspended from the senior national team over the Koffee With Karan controversy. Rahul though has won back his place in the side with some consistent performances for India A against the England Lions earlier this month.
Australia T20I squad for India tour: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.
Australia ODI Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa