ODI Tri-Series Opener

Ricky Ponting will be looking to carry his good Test form into the limited overs matches. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Australia and India  lock horns for the third time in five days when they do battle in the first match of their 50 over Tri-Series- also involving Sri Lanka- at the MCG on Sunday. The hosts have had the wood over the Indian so far during the summer and will be looking to extend their dominance to the 50 over format of the game.

Australia  was last seen playing One-day Internationals on their tour of South Africa at the end of last year, where they won the three match series 2-1. Seven players that featured for Australia during that series are missing from the squad to play in this match, with Peter Forrest a shock inclusion in the host’s squad at the expense of Shaun Marsh. Daniel Christian is the only other uncapped player named, while Ryan Harris, David Hussey and Clint McKay return.

For the tourists, much of the focus will be on their batsman, with youngsters Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina bringing big reputations to Australia. The Indian’s looked revitalised in the field during the Twenty20’s and the inclusion of some fresh faces may lead to a change in fortunes. After being rested for the Twenty20 Internationals, Sachin Tendulkar should return at the top of the order, still chasing his 100th century in international cricket.

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