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Balancing Act: Australia and India Strive to Find World Cup Readiness

Balancing Act: Australia and India Strive to Find World Cup Readiness

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Australia, India try to balance preparation and rest as World Cup looms

The upcoming World Cup has drawn attention as Australia and India, two powerhouse cricket teams, try to find the right balance between preparation and rest. The two teams are set to open their campaigns in Chennai on October 8, but before that, they have three games in six days, which will serve as crucial opportunities for fine-tuning their plans and getting key players back in action.

Challenges for Australia

Australia has faced some setbacks in the lead-up to the World Cup, with injuries hindering their ability to field their first-choice XI. The recent news of Travis Head’s fractured hand is a major blow, likely ruling him out of the tournament. However, the return of captain Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell provides a much-needed boost to the team.

One notable inclusion in the Australian squad is Matt Short, who has been called up as Head’s replacement. Short is a destructive opener who can also contribute with his offspin bowling, making him a like-for-like replacement. While his inclusion in the final 15 may be considered a meteoric rise, it cannot be ruled out.

Fine-tuning for India

India comes into the series on the back of their successful Asia Cup campaign, where they showcased impressive performances, including skittling Sri Lanka for 50 in the final. The team has decided to rest some of their key players, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya, for the first two matches of the series.

The absence of Axar Patel due to injury also opens up an opportunity for Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar to make their case for inclusion in the World Cup squad. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav will also be looking to make an impact after their limited opportunities in the Asia Cup.

Selection conundrums

Both teams have selection dilemmas to consider. For India, the choice between Ashwin and Washington becomes crucial, especially if Axar remains unavailable for more than two games. Ashwin’s experience and previous success against Australia in Test cricket could push him ahead in the race.

As for Australia, the absence of Head, Maxwell, and Ashton Agar provides an opportunity for players like Tanveer Sangha to come into the mix. Additionally, the combination of Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the middle order will be closely watched, with the possibility of Matt Short joining the top order.

Pitch and conditions

Mohali, the venue for the first game, hasn’t hosted an ODI in four years but has a reputation for producing high-scoring matches. The forecast for the day predicts a hot and dry day, which is expected to have minimal impact on the playing surfaces.


As the World Cup draws nearer, both Australia and India face the challenge of balancing preparation and rest. These three games leading up to the tournament will be crucial for fine-tuning strategies, getting key players back in form, and resolving selection conundrums. While India carries the confidence from their recent success in the Asia Cup, Australia will be looking to make a strong comeback after their series defeat against South Africa. The battle between these two cricketing giants promises to be an intriguing prelude to the World Cup.


Balancing Act: Australia and India Strive to Find World Cup Readiness
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