“ODI series against India would be close” – Darren Lehmann

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Perth: Australian coach Darren Lehmann has said that Australia’s upcoming ODI home series against India will be a fierce contest, one that he believes would provide a tough challenge for his young side.

Lehmann said that the mood of his side heading into the crunch contest against India would be the same as it was in the series against New Zealand and the West Indies.

“India are an aggressive side and they are currently playing an aggressive brand of cricket. So I dont see that changing anytime soon. They will play the same way, so will we, so it is going to be a very exciting series for both teams”

Australia vs India matches in the past have produced some really hot and intense encounters. Some even went as far as making the match officials intervene in order to calm things down on the pitch. The first ODI at Perth would be the first time the two teams meet ever since Australia knocked India out of the World Cup semi final in 2015.

When questioned about a few newcomers making their debut in the 13 man squad, Lehamnn said that youngsters like Scott Boland and Joel Paris are highly promising.

“I believe thay are very composed individuals and promise to make the most of the experience gained from playing in front of big crowds in Australian domestic cricket. They are used to the atmosphere already, so that is a good thing for us. Yes, International cricket is on a whole different level, but I am pretty sure they would handle the pressure well enough. It promises to be a good challenge for them. India are a good side, which is why they made it to the semis of the World Cup. We would have to play our best against them.”

Lehmann also added that he expects the Perth game to be run-packed, as the pitch is expected to pan out fast and bouncy.

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