After a 2-0 win in the T20 series, Australia get their five-match ODI series against India in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Both sides will be using the series in preparation for the ODI World Cup later in 2019 with the hosts looking to make amends for the T20 defeats.
Head to Head
India have had the better of Australia in recent times in the 50-over format, winning seven of the last nine meetings. They have also won six of the last seven meetings in India.
India have won eight of their last ten ODIs (W8, L2) and seven of their last ten home ODIs (W7, L2, T1).
India have won seven of their last nine ODIs against Australia (W7, L2).
At home, India have won six of their last seven ODIs against Australia (W6, L1).
India have won their last two ODIs at this venue.
Australia have lost their last six ODIs away from home.
Australia have lost 17 of their last 18 ODIs away from home (W1, L17)
KL Rahul’s form in the T20Is (97 runs) has given the Indian thinktank a lot to ponder. While he can slot as a reserve opener in the squad, there is a school of thought about including Rishabh Pant as that reserve opener.
Then there is the question of all-rounder, as India look to fit Vijay Shankar as a like-for-like replacement for the injured Hardik Pandya. Mohammad Shami has more or less cemented his spot after the New Zealand series (nine wickets), while the return of Kuldeep Yadav gives the attack an aggressive outlook.
Glenn Maxwell was brilliant in the T20Is (169 runs) showing a new-found composure and control. He might get an extended run in the ODIs as well, as the Kangaroos look to get their composition right.
Captain Aaron Finch remains vulnerable, after a below par series with the bat, when India toured Australia (26 runs). With Kane Richardson out of the tour, bowling will look to revolve around Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
It is tough to predict the result of a match when both sides have their eyes set on a different prize. India, however, have the best combination of wrist spinners who give them an edge in the middle overs. Even considering the form they exhibited in the T20Is, Australia may not have it easy against India.
Prediction: India win ($1.48 MadBookie)