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Australia v India live & preview 4th ODI at Canberra

Australia v India live & preview 4th ODI at Canberra Photo: IBL

Australia have already wrapped up the ODI series against India, having won the first three matches, all of which have followed a similar pattern.

The tourists batting first and putting a big score on the board, before their bowlers have been unable to contain the Australian batsmen.

The home side have set records at all three venues that have hosted matches so far, posting the highest successful ODI run chase at each ground; 309 in Perth, was followed by 308 in Brisbane, and 296 in Melbourne, which clinched the series.

The teams move on to Canberra for Wednesday’s fourth contest, for what will be only the eighth ODI staged at the Manuka Oval.

The highest successful run chase in the Australian capital in those fixtures is a mere 164. Of the previous games staged at the Oval, only two have been contested by Australia, who were successful in 2013 against the West Indies and a year later against South Africa.

David Warner who has been absent from the team on paternity leave, and off-spinner Nathan Lyon who is an integral part of the Test side, are recalled for the final two games of the five match series.

Usman Khawaja and left arm seamer Joel Paris are the two players omitted to make way.

In Warner’s absence, Shaun Marsh has come into the side and posted back to back half centuries. Lyon meanwhile earns a call up and is set to play just his ninth ODI, and first since October 2010.

The tourists have had no problem in scoring runs against a barrage of quick bowling, much of it it has to be said coming from inexperienced international bowlers. Rohit Sharma scored centuries in the first two defeats, while Virat Kohli reached three figures in Melbourne.

The problem has been with the ball. Although an improved performance last time out did see them collect seven Australian wickets. However, the home side had too much strength in depth in conditions that are not helpful to the Indian spinners, who are potentially the side’s most lethal form of attack.

As preparation for the forthcoming World Twenty20 in March, the benefit of this series must be questioned, with that tournament taking place in India, on pitches that will favour the slower bowlers.

Sunny c
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