Adelaide, Feb 11: A batsman-friendly track awaits India, as the visitors face the tough Australians in the 4th ODI of the tri-series at Adelaide on Sunday. With two wins, Aussies clearly remain favourites while Dhoni's men are also pepped up after their convincing win against Sri Lanka in Perth on Wednesday.
After two consecutive wins, Aussies have decided to rest senior batsman Michael Hussey, while Peter Forrest is eyeing on a ODI debut at a venue he has enjoyed playing the longer version of the game. Mitchell Marsh could also provide some balance if he is included in the playing eleven. Ben Hilfenhaus is also expected to sit out.
"While it was difficult to change the winning side, it was also important to give opportunities to players so Marsh and Forrest will be firmly in the mix,"said Michael Clarke after his team's thrilling finish against Sri Lanka on Friday.
Though the nature of the wicket is slow, India might play three pacers which means Vinay Kumar is a certainty after performing very well in the first two one-dayers, while Zaheer Khan is the spearhead of the pace attack and gets a berth without doubt. Now, the question with the third pacer's slot open, will Dhoni think about including Irfan Pathan, as his presence will add more value to the bowling attack.
While the rotation policy that India has adopted for the on-going tri-series might hamper their chances of winning the series, as they are planning to rest a few seniors every match, which has not gone well with the former cricketers. Gavaskar has also commented on the team management's view on rotation policy as he said, Tendulkar should play all the matches.
"If you want to use rotation policy then it should be used to rotate and field all the players. I believe that Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag should play and may be one among Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina has to sit out," he said.
Though Rohit Sharma has not contributed much, he might get the nod ahead of Suresh Raina, who is still trying to sort out his flaws against short-pitch deliveries. If the team management want to try out all the players in the squad, then Manoj Tiwary might get a chance to play Down Under.
As the all-rounder slot is also filled with Ravindra Jadeja fitting the bill, as he has been outstanding on the field while R Ashwin too has been supportive. With Irfan replacing Praveen Kumar, India will get another all-rounder in Irfan, as it increases depth in the batting line-up.
If the rotation policy is bothering India, the home team looks more relaxed with two consecutive victories, as they have already announced their squad (12 members) for the game to be played on Sunday.
India having played a Test match at this venue during their humiliating defeat 0-4, haven't opened their account yet as the only win against Australia came during the Twenty 20 International.
With a morale-boosting win against Sri Lanka, India look to maintain the momentum as they strive for the right combination to leave no stone unturned for the clash against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday.
As the weather is expected to be partly cloudy with a maximum of 26C. The match is scheduled to start at 8.50 am (IST). Stay tuned to thatscricket.com for live updates.
Australia: David Warner, Peter Forrest, Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, David Hussey, Mitchell Marsh, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc and Ryan Harris
India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina/ Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar/Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan