Australia’s uncapped pacer Joel Paris may get a chance to play against India in the first ODI of the bilateral series starting Tuesday next week.
Speaking about the occasion, Paris made no light of his opponents, commending their line-up of “world class” batsmen and admitting to being both excited and nervous for facing the challenge.
“India’s whole batting line-up is world class and they have been like that for a number of years. As for their record here, it’s a new series, both teams start at 0-0. If we bowl really well and bowl in the channels we want to bowl in, we will give ourselves every opportunity of doing well. If we don’t then as I have said, they have got world-class batters to take advantage of that,” he said.
The Indian team will be more than taxed, however, especially when playing in the bouncy conditions of the WACA.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell agreed, saying that despite their array of extraordinary batsmen, the Indian team is still short of a specialist batsmen and has very few all-rounders who can lead the team to victory.
He agreed that Steve Smith does not have nearly as much experience as Dhoni does and that the talented Indian line-up will definitely be quite a challenge for Aussies. Nevertheless, with the matches scheduled in Australia, the team will have quite the home advantage, with an added boost of confidence after the recent win in the semi-finals at SCG.
Chappell has complete confidence that Australian bowlers will take full advantage of the bouncy wicket at WACA and his only complaint is that James Pattinson has not been included in the match.
“If Australia is looking to inflict serious psychological damage on India prior to World T20, then why not unleash aggressive Pattinson on the bouncy WACA and Gabba? Especially as India’s batting line-up, while talented, is one specialist short,” he said.