Australia's tour of India: A battle of the equals

We are all aggressive in nature but India Australia series will be played in spirit of the game Rohit Sharma

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Yeah, I think Shikhar has obviously been playing well for India for the past year or so at the top of the order.

An overcast day is expected in Chennai for the series opener. Both Australia and New Zealand also toured India in 2016-17 season, both of them losing the series.

Returning back to the sub-continent, Men in Blue took on a beleaguered Sri Lanka side and crumbled down their hope in a historic 9-0 "tour-wash", clinching victories in all formats of the game.

Australia have returned to India for the first time since their fiery and controversial Border-Gavaskar series earlier this year, which India won 2-1 and which ended with the home side's skipper Virat Kohli declaring some of his friendships with the Australian players had been irreparably damaged.

The fact that coach Darren Lehmann has skipped the limited-overs tour to India to prepare for the clash against their old rivals only goes on to establish the importance, or the lack of it thereof, attached to the bilateral ODI series that begins with a day-night match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.

"I think it will be played in good spirit". I am here to try and win a series. The visitors managed to score 347, dropping hints that they were settling well in Indian conditions. Both of them are top quality batsmen and they have been scoring runs consistently for their teams. Steve Smith was caught looking at the Australian dressing room moments before appealing for a DRS. India were ready as there is little likelihood of India hosting or visiting Pakistan in the foreseeable future, at least till 2019, the World XI trip to Lahore for a three one-dayers notwithstanding.

"We saw the last time we came here in 2013 it was a run-fest where 350 was around par".

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India squad (first three matches): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

"I will be happy if I can repeat the performances from last time".

Kohli now has 30 centuries in 194 ODIs to Smith's eight in 98 50-over games.

With the Sri Lanka series, Team India took one step towards their plan of rotation and experimentation to create a batting-order line up so versatile that batsman can produce as in when required from any position.

The fact that Kerala chinaman bowler K.K. Jiyas flew in to help the Aussies practice on Friday is a clear indication of how seriously the tourists are taking spin.

"It is a great advantage to have them in the squad", Kohli said. The sultry weather made the going hard for the visiting team during their warm-up match against Indian Board President's XI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Sutherland doesn't see anyone playing more than three ODIs in a series in the future.

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