India vs Australia Highlights | 1st ODI | Melbourne | 5th Feb | 2012

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Australia’s number 1 ranking in ODI cricket is still there despite a mediocre World Cup performance. Michael Clarke has done a terrific job leading his team to series wins against highly rated teams like Sri Lanka and South Africa in the past 6 months. India look to build on ending a 16 match away drought and aim to win 2 matches in a row and this match is the most important of this Triangular series to see if they can perform on a consistent basis. It is hard to judge how this ODI will play out after the T20 because of the Australian team being completely different. One thing for sure is that India should feel better and be confident in this match after the performance in the 2nd T20.

Gautam Gambhir showcased his talent in the 2nd T20 but India will need him to do that all this series as they face a gruelling Triangular series with Sri Lanka and Australia. He might be demoted down to 3 to allow Sachin Tendulkar to bat at 2 but if India can get off to a good start Gambhir will be able to play freely which is his natural game. The bowling attack for Australia is almost completely different from the tests except Ryan Harris. Ryan Harris and Brett Lee will have a big task ahead of them in the early overs as they should take the new ball. The key is the wicket of Sehwag who is always a dangerous prospect in the 50 over format.

The MCG is often a surface that the batsmen gets full advantage and bowlers must bowl at their best to do well. The forecast for the afternoon is showers so hopefully they hold off. Shaun Marsh has been ommitted from the ODI squad therefore the Autralian selectors have a big decision which is deciding who will open the batting with David Warner. Matthew Wade showed great talent in the T20′s and he is the tip to open with Warner but other players in the team like Clarke, Ponting and M Hussey have excelled in the role over the years.

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Australia Squad: 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Xavier Doherty.

India Squad: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Zaheer Khan.


Australia vs India, 1st Match
February 5, 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12, Melbourne Cricket Ground (D/N)
Umpires: N Llong (ENG) and B Oxenford (AUS) Third Umpire: P Reiffel (AUS)
Match Referee: A Pycroft (ZIM)

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