India-Australia series squad will be announced on February 15. India will be hosting Australia for a limited-overs series starting on February 24.
India-Australia series will be a rehearsal for both teams as they are preparing for World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to begin on May 30 in England. The selection committee’s primary focus will be to take a final call on some of the posts keeping the mega event in mind.
India-Australia Series – Kohli To Return
India will play two T20 Internationals and five ODIs against the Aussies and this will be their last international assignment before the World Cup. Virat Kohli will be returning to the team along with pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the India-Australia series. Likewise, KL Rahul is back with a bang after a couple of good innings for India A against England Lions in the two unofficial Tests. The vice-captain Rohit Sharma is likely to miss the T20Is and come back fresh for the ODIs.
The selection committee will have to choose between left-arm pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Khaleel Ahmed while Bumrah, Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the sure picks. Khaleel although played in Australia and New Zealand is still inexperienced for the World Cup. On the other hand, Unadkat is playing for Indian since his debut in 2010. After a good Ranji Trophy season where he led Saurashtra to the final Unadkat can be a better choice.
Furthermore, the India-Australia series squad will also indicate to the second wicketkeeper-batsman of the team. The fate of Rishab pant and Dinesh Karthik will be decided on February 15.
Quest For World Cup Begins
With the India-Australia series approaching within days, the selectors have identified most of the certain names for the series and the World Cup. Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami are the sure choices.
It will be interesting to see the final squad for the upcoming India-Australia series as this side will be in the quest for the World Cup in England.
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