Australia will hope a change of format can spark a change in fortunes as thet begin a three-match ODI series against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
India have enjoyed a successful tour Down Under, drawing the T20 series 1-1 before creating history with a first-ever test series win in Australia as they won 2-1.
Now the focus switches to the 50-over format with both sides looking to firm up preparations for this year’s World Cup.
Head to Head
India came out on top in the test series, but Australia have an excellent record in ODI matches at home against their rivals. It is now eight wins in the last nine ODIs played in Australia against India. Overall, the record stands at 35 wins in 48 home ODIs against India.
Australia have endured a tough time of things in this format, winning just two of 13 ODIs in 2018. Will the turn of the calendar year signal a change of fortunes in the 50-over game?
India have been excelling in ODIs with 14 victories in their last 20 games. They are riding high after the T20 and Test series against Australia too and will fancy their chances of more success.
Australia have won 35 of the 48 ODIs they played against India at home.
But in 2018 Australia won just two of the 13 ODIs played.
At home against India, Australia have won eight of their last nine ODIs.
India have won 14 of their last 20 ODIs and 35 of their last 49 overs.
Australia left out some strong ODI players with Chris Lynn. D’Arcy Short, Travis Head and Nathan Coulter-Nile all missing out of the squad for this series.
It looks like Australia may be a bit short with the bat and a lack of runs at the top of the order could be a factor at the SCG – a problem that was also the case in the test series.
Marcus Stoinis has been in excellent form in the Big Bash with both bat and ball and his performances will be crucial for Australia.
Indian have rested bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the ODIs after the exertions in Test series, but the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been in impressive form over the last calendar year and should once again provide an edge.
The top-order looks threatening with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in excellent form last year with the bat and the presence of Virat Kohli – who averaged more than 100 in a phenomenal 2018 – makes India a strong favourite to win the opener.
Prediction: India win ($1.61 MadBookie)