India in search of elusive win as T20s start

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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 13:11 [IST]
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India search for a win in T20

Sydney, Jan 31: India will turn up in coloured clothing on Wednesday as they try to achieve that elusive victory on the tour of Australia. MS Dhoni-led side will face the hosts in the first of the two Twenty20 internationals on February 1.

There has been very little to cheer for Dhoni and his boys since they landed in Australia last month. Will the change in format bring in some welcome relief remains to be seen.

With the arrival of young legs into the team, India can hope for a turnaround in this day and night clash while Australia will have a new captain in George Bailey.

Bailey has not played international cricket at all and he will have the privilege of leading the side in his debut match at ANZ Stadium, which will also be a new entrant to international cricket. It will be the first international match for the stadium, which was built for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

"I haven't thought that much about it. When you play, you're just out there playing. I am debuting but ever since I captained Tasmania, in most games I've gone out there whether I'm captain or not thinking like a captain," Bailey said on Tuesday.

Bailey will be the first man since Dave Gregory was handed the same honour by Australia in 1877 in the first Test match against England.

The 29-year-old Bailey is a familiar face to Dhoni as he is part of the Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League (IPL).

"He's an interesting character, he plays good cricket, he's someone who can play his strokes, he's very intelligent and understands the game well. He's a really good character to have," Dhoni said when asked about Bailey.

India are a far better outfit in the shorter versions of the game and with the presence of all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan, Dhoni will be more happier to be leading here than in the five-day format.

For Dhoni too it will be back to cricket after spending nearly two weeks on the sidelines. He was banned from the Adelaide Test for a slow over-rate offence in Perth Test. In his absence, Virender Sehwag had filled in the leadership role.

India will be happy to move on after the Test debacle where they were whitewashed 4-0. The 17-man squad includes fine talent.

Australian team wears a completely new look. Only David Warner and Shaun Marsh are the Test players to have made it to the T20 squad. The home team have gone in for specialists and one veteran in Hogg, 40.

The left-arm spinner Hogg has been recalled from retirement. The selectors were forced to induct him into the squad after a strong showing in the Big Bash T20 League.

It should be an interesting contest between equally good sides and Indian fans will be hoping to see that long awaited victory.

Squads: India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan.

Australia: George Bailey (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Travis Birt, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper).

Match starts at 2.05pm IST

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