Australia and India will clash with each other in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) of the three-match series at Adelaide on January 26, 2016. Now, with another World Cup in India less than two months away, he is being forced to confront questions about his sell-by-date not only as a captain but also as an international cricketer.
The return of Yuvraj Singh, who has been in good nick in domestic cricket, and the presence of Suresh Raina, has the potential to add balance to the team.Harbhajan had the better IPL Season but Ashwin is obviously the long-term choice. Picking between them won’t be easy.
Australia has won the toss and has opted to field
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra
Bench: Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade(w), James Faulkner, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Shaun Tait
Bench: Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland, Andrew Tye, John Hastings
Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to field
Umpires: Simon Fry (Australia) and John Ward (Australia)
TV umpire: Paul Wilson (Australia)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)
Dhoni: “We were also looking to bowl first after doing well in the last couple of games. It’s important to win some matches. There are quite a few retro-players back on the side. Gurkeerat, Rishi, Umesh and Jinks are missing out. Harbhajan is a very competitive cricketer and can lighten up the dressing room also. Good to have players like him.”
Finch: “We’ll bowl. Great to have Shaun Tait and Shane Watson back on the side. Adelaide always produces a good game. Head and Lynn are getting an opportunity too.”