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17 September 2017, 06:57 | Melissa Porter
'No excuses of burnout or being on tight schedule'
The combative Australian skipper said ahead of the first one-day clash in Chennai that he hoped the five-match series would be played in "good spirit". However, it was not enough as India clinched the game and the seven-match series 3-2 with two matches being abandoned. They face an Indian side which has won 12 of their last 15 ODI matches, all away from the comfort and helpful conditions of India and boasting the risky spin of Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the former pair entrenched superstars and the latter two preferred wrist-spinning options who have begun to make the format their own. In South Africa's previous ODI series in India, captain AB de Villiers employed a 4-5 field for his tall seamers, who angled the ball into their ribs.
ODI rankings at stake - Despite Australia's current downfall in their standar of cricket in the ODI format, they are ranked higher than the Indians in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, but just by a mere decimal.
0 players have scored more ODI runs than Virat Kohli (1,017) in 2017.
Australia's recent ODI form has been atypically horrendous away from home.
India have retained most of the players from their tour of Sri Lanka and recalled their two ace pacers in Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami for the first three ODIs. But unfortunate for the opener, he failed to make it to the World Cup 2011 squad that was held in India. Hence we are backing him.
A few months before he eventually breached the 200-run mark in an ODI innings, Sachin Tendulkar looked set to create that record in Hyderabad. "Shikhar's absence will be felt but we have got guys who can take on the role and perform well".
"I am not too concerned about the differences with Kohli". I'm not sure how many games Virat has played.
With superstar talents like captain Smith, the enigmatic David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, Australia will always pose a serious threat in any format, but the need to bounce back and find their best cricket in a hostile environment against a hungry opposition desperate to continue to stamp their authority on the tourists is paramount.
Rahul's scores against Sri Lanka read 4, 17 and 7 in the three ODIs leading to his axing from the fifth rubber. That's not being fair to the sport and that's something we as a team do not believe is.
Yadav made his test debut against Australia in Dharamsala and took 4-91.
"Whenever they have an opportunity to bat wherever, they will be happy to do it". He said no batsman could afford to come into the team with a fixed position in mind and pointed to his own example.
"A few of the guys played against him in the IPL and he is a good young talent and can be hard to pick at times".
"Hopefully we can keep him quiet as much as possible, and if we do that, it can go a long way in having some success on this tour".
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The other singles match, if needed, is scheduled to pit Belgium's Steve Darcis against John Millman. Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans will team up against John Peers and Jordan Thompson in doubles.