IND – AUS : Youngsters in focus in series opener

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Perth, jan 11 : The atmosphere in Perth ahead of the opener of the ODI series between the top two ODI teams in the world could not be more different than if it was played in India. The sleepy town of Perth exudes a feeling of complacence and contentment, and it almost feels like no one knows Australia are facing off against India. But the men who truly matter know it’s on…

India and Australia return to the ground they enjoyed playing in, during the World Cup. India won big against the UAE before seeing off a defiant West Indies side in their final league game. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohd Shami all enjoyed good outings at the WACA. Australia, on the other hand, racked up a record 417/6 against Afghanistan on the back of some superb hitting from David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. Five of the aforementioned six players are sure to take the field during the opener on Tuesday (January 12).

The last time these two sides met was at Sydney, as semi-finalists of the Word Cup, where Australia ended India’s reign as World Champions. The rivalry between the sides has already been talked up much, and with a number of youngsters coming into the sides, the series has all the ingredients of a enthralling affair.

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