Pandya and Rahul suspended over comments about women on TV show

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2019

When you have a team three down early, it becomes hard to bounce back.

According to a report in Quint, Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli said, "I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".

Of their last 20 completed ODI matches they have won just three, but Finch said they still had time to fine tune selections and tactics ahead of their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.

The Aussies announced their playing XI and fast bowler Peter Siddle makes a return to the format after a gap of nine years.

The batting runs deep with Glenn Maxwell at number seven. He's been shuffled around the order a bit in the last little while. The bigger question though is regarding Pandya's absence, for the all-rounder provides crucial balance to the ODI side with his ability to bowl 10 overs as well as bat in the middle order.

While as for Vijay Shankar, he has played five T20Is for India till date and made his debut in India's trophy-winning campaign at Nidahas Trophy 2018 in Bangladesh. I think we have to take it as a day when Australia played better than us.

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Yousuf said the current Australian team is one of the weakest he has seen but insisted he was not trying to devalue the feat of the Indian team.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a shoe-in, and thereafter it depends if Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya's loss.

During the first ODI in Sydney, Kohli broke his silence about the ongoing controversy of the cricketers in front of the media.

Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav could trouble the Aussie batsmen.

"They (India) have got left, right-arm, spin, leg-spin, off-spin, so they've got plenty of options". "He has a great one-day record already for India, so I think the batting order is sorted as far as we're concerned". The right-hander went back in the crease and patted it towards the off-side. The wickets in Australia have been really flat lately, so it is expected that even this game will be a high-scoring encounter. "We must take a view by the time the second ODI is over as we can not afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour in part of some players", he wrote.

"Then to come back and have an eight-week period previous year where he just focused on skills for the white ball and how quickly he improved was unbelievable", Finch added.

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