The bilateral T20I series between the 2 powerhouse cricketing giants is set to grab attention as the hosts, India challenge Australia in its final limited over assignment ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England & Wales. Aussies look to change the fortunes of the team post impressive performance by their players in the recently concluded Big Bash League. Boasting a brilliant record at home in the shortest format against Australia winning on four occasions from their 5 encounters, Men in Blue aim on peaking at the right moment. Raising the bar of their competitive cricket, Virat Kohli & Co aim to make the final cut for the upcoming World Cup scheduled from May 30.
Indian coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli, who returns to national duty post a well deserved three weeks break will be examining the performance of the squad and shortlisting players in fray for the prestigious tournament scheduled later in the year. Some players would look to prove their worth on the field and thereby ensure their participation in the World Cup.
Currently on a seven-match winning streak in T2OIs at home, India not only aim to maintain their dominating record but also to end their last international limited overs assignment on a high note prior the team takes off to England. With April 23, 2019 set as the deadline for submission of 15 man squad to International Cricket Council for the World Cup, Australia will be white ball focused as they face back to back challenges from the subcontinent with the ODI series against Pakistan in UAE tentatively scheduled from Mid March to Early April. The 12 month suspension from the key players Steve Smith and David Warner lifting from March 28, will act as a big relief for defending champions and boost their confidence. Accompanied by Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile, D’Arcy Short return to the squad put new twist to the game.
The upcoming T20 series promises bigger entertainment as both nations seek to fancy their chances for bigger challenges ahead.