India licking their chops ahead of test series against struggling Australia

India licking their chops ahead of test series against struggling Australia

India licking their chops ahead of test series against struggling Australia

India vs Australia 1st T20I live stream: India will aim to get off to a flying start on Wednesday when they face Australia in the first T20I match of the 3-match series at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The touring side has won its previous seven T20I series dating back to November 2017, and its last defeat in the format was against West Indies in July a year ago.

In the absence of Smith and Warner, Australia's results have fallen off a cliff.

"Whenever we have played here, it has always challenged us as a batting unit". They lost the three-match one-day worldwide series to South Africa 2-1 and also suffered defeat in the one-off T20I.

It remains to be seen whether being on home turf would raise the spirits for the once invincible Aussies.

Pant had played as a batsman, while Dinesh Karthik had the gloves on behind the sticks during India's three-match Twenty20 worldwide series at home against the West Indies earlier this month.

Following the T20Is series, India will play Australia in four-match Test series, with the inaugural match slated to take place in Adelaide from December 6.

On his early trips Down Under, he has never quite been the Australian fans' favourite. Recently, the men in blue whitewashed the world champions - Windies in a three-match T20I series at home.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis has professed a "silent treatment" to Kohli and it remains to be seen if the Australian cricketers and the public can ignore him at all.

KL Rahul, however, has had mixed bag of a year.

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Early indicators from India's final pre-match practice suggest that Pant will don the keeping gloves.

However, perhaps with an eye on the four-Test series against Australia after the T20s, the Indian team management has made a decision to give Pant a chance at keeping wickets in coloured clothing as well. Krunal Pandya is India's all-rounder in the absence of his brother Hardik Pandya, who has been sidelined due to injury.

With ample bounce anticipated on the Gabba pitch, three pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed - are certain starters.

Batsman Manish Pandey and all-rounder Washington Sundar were the two players who played in the third T20I against West Indies but did not find a spot in the XII against Australia. Kuldeep Yadav too is expected to be a first-choice spinner, ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal as was the case against West Indies.

"He gives us that balance to the side as a bowler and a batsman which allows you to play that extra bowler - now we have to think twice". Whether this is the best Indian team to ever tour down under is a debate best left to the team management, the fact is that this is among the weakest Australian teams to host an Indian side. So they understand the conditions.

Test cricket is the format Rohit wants to excel in.

India squad for Australia Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami Jasprit Bumrah.

Match starts at: 1.20 pm IST.

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

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