Series gone, Indians playing for pride – Aus vs Ind 4th ODI, Match Preview

Aus vs Ind 4th ODI at Canberra
Match Date: 20 January 2016
Start Time: 14 20 local, o3 20 GMT, 08 50 IST

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India have has a dismal 2016 tour of Australia to say the least. It doesnt hurt much to get outclassed in every department and then get beaten, than it is to be classy in one department and throw games away due to another department. Things sound complex, but I guess, the situation is crystal clear if you are an Indian cricket follower. 300 plus scores at Perth and Brisbane, then a healthy 295 at the most “bowlers favored” pitch of all 3 at Melbourne, were not enough, as the Indian bowling lineup failed to provide enought threats to topple over the homeside.

The Indian cricket team is like an army with a very strong attack, which can score a high total in every game, but when it comes to defending their territory, their target, they just do not seem to have enough firepower to threaten the opposition’s charge. The Smith and Bailey shows in the first ODIs, and then the Maxwell domination in the 3rd, were prime examples that showed the Indians let it slip from their grasp.

The series is gone, and there is no way the Indians can rewing time and give themselves another go to get back in the contest. Though, just like positives can be dug out from even the worst of situations, the Indian team have no expectations on their shoulders at the moment. With the series done and dusted, they can play with more freedome and confidence.

The blues would feel that now is the time for a revival, with no pressure of a comeback in the series. It is time to shuffle the batting order to get the most runs on the board, and it is time to tinker with the bowling attack, bring in fresh faces, give youngsters a chance, and what not. The Indians can do so much heading into the 4th ODI at Canberra.

For Australia, despite a young, depleted, and inexperience bowling lineup, things are looking near perfect. Scott Boland and Joel Paris havent had the most impressive of first few games on the International scene, but the pair have been given boosts each time by their batsmen providing enough firepower to see off games.

David Warner was on a paternity leave for two games, with his wife giving birth to their second daughter. The little explosive opener is back in the frame now, and sadly, Shaun Marsh will have to give way. Sounds funny, because Marsh was superb in each of the games at Brisbane and the MCG. But the Australian cricket history has always shown a “no-sentiment” environment, and hence there is no place for the in-form Marsh, despite his recent run of form being World Class. Though, Warner would now have some pressure on his strong shoulders, with Marsh hungry for a place in the starting XI. Who knows, if Warner fails to deliver at Canberra, Marsh may yet be given another chance at the SCG on January 23.

Form Guide:

Perhaps the most intimidating thing for the visitors heading into the Canberra contest would be a possible 5 match losing streak, with the men in blue already having lost 4 ODI games on the trot. For the Aussies, its the opposite. The Kangaroos are on a 4 match winning streak.

Players to Watch:

David Warner (Australia): It is no surprise that the little dashing opener David Warner gets the spotlight as soon as his comeback to the side. The homeside dominated in the first game at Perth, in which Warner also featured, but the opener could not leave a mark, and failed to reach double figures. With Shaun Marsh waiting on the bench, hungry for a berth in the starting XI, Warner has all to do, to prove to the selectors that he deserves the rightful place to open the batting for the men in yellow.

Ravindra Jadeja (India): Hardly any positives can be taken from the Indian bowling from what portion of their tour of Australia has transpired so far. The Melbourne pitch was not as batting welcoming as the ones at Perth and Brisbane. There was something for the bowlers, and Ravindra Jadeja made of the most of a slower surface at the MCG. With Ashwin’s recall to the side surrounded by uncertainty, Jadeja seems to be the biggest hope in the bowling department of the visitors, considering the pitch offers a drier and slower surface at Canberra.

Predicted Starting XIs – Aus vs Ind 4th ODI at Canberra

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