Australia vs India T20: India start favourites against weakened, unsettled hosts

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Australia have the ideal opportunity to arrest their slide with some aggressive cricket in the three-match Twenty20 series against India, limited-overs captain Aaron Finch said in Brisbane on Tuesday. I have always believed that no team is weak at home.

After all the talk around two of the biggest cricketing nations in the world, India and Australia are all set to lock horns in the first T20 at Gabba, Perth on Wednesday, November 21.

India captain Virat Kohli scored four hundreds during the team's last trip Down Under but Finch said Australia would be foolish not to have plans against the touring side's other batsmen. Last time we played at Brisbane but not Perth. "In the past, we have had one or two bowlers doing well in spells, but bowling as a unit for three, four or five hours with sustained intensity, if that comes into play, no matter which batting line-up you are playing against, you will be tested", he added.

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"Australia has bowlers who are very tall and extract those conditions, use them to their advantage", Sharma said of the Perth Test.

"Ravi (Shastri) is there and with seniors like Virat (Kohli) and Rohit (Sharma) around, it's only better that Sanjay helps the first timers with inputs about Australian conditions".

"Last time we played a Test series here, although we lost two games and drew one, but I thought we played few close games, especially at Brisbane".


"Similarly, we are taking no prisoners and we want to go out and put our best foot forward, focussing on our game rather than focussing outside", he sounded cautious.

"There's a real good feeling inside the group in all three formats - the motivation of the team is to just try and seize all the moments and win tournaments".

Given the current form of both the teams and their respective players, the visitors will head into the Gabba pitch as favourites to win the gruelling encounter.


The odds are against them but then again, Australian cricket has rarely found itself in such a precarious state. But even if they blast the Australians out of the postcode this week, everything will be digested in the context of how they are in the Test series, which swings into life on December 6. "It's not going to be easy, but we've got quality in our group", said India's vice-captain. We don't need a few individuals to step up. We are ready to accept that and this time around we want to change our fortunes and come out with some exceptional performances.

India are yet to name their ODI squad. Shorter forms of the game haven't been their problem and Sharma has been in rampant form this year, already notching up two T20 centuries for his country. "But I'll approach the series the same way I've done in any limited-overs game", Rohit said. Whenever we have played here, it has always challenged us. "Your performance is always appreciated but having said that, the bounce sometimes, in places like Brisbane and Perth, allows me to play my game because I've grown up playing on cemented pitches back home".

"The challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I'm not thinking of".


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