India vs Australia 2017: Combined ODI XI
The jam-packed schedule for the Indian team will add another entry to its bulging itinerary with the arrival of the Australians for their limited-overs tour. It will be much more than just the much talked-about Smith vs Kohli battle, for the team sheets are filled with players of repute. The Indians will be itching for some competition after sleeping through lopsided series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, but they can play down the Australia threat at their own peril.
Here’s a combined XI of some of the best players from either side:
He might have played more than a 100 IPL games, but David Warner is yet to play a single ODI in India. Placed second in the ICC ODI rankings, Warner has been in red-hot form since January last year, having scored nine centuries. In the absence of Aaron Finch, the 30-year-old will have more responsibility on him to set the ball rolling in the first half of the innings.
Ever since making his comeback, Rohit Sharma has upped his game even further: in the last 10 games, he has scored three centuries and looked fluent during the series against Sri Lanka. Much like Warner, Rohit also is without his usual opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, and will have a more sedate Ajinkya Rahane for company.