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Rixon happy to keep setting ODI totals

UPDATED 18 October, 2013 11:21AM AEST | by AAP

Far from being intimidated by India's incredible record-breaking chase in game two, Australia's one-day cricketers will continue to bat first when given the choice.

While India say they can chase any total, Australia coach Steve Rixon isn't deviating from the tactic of batting first when given the option.

With that in mind, the toss is all but redundant for the remaining five matches in the series which, currently deadlocked at one win each, could decide the who is the world's No.1 ranked ODI side.

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India skipper MS Dhoni has already shown a preference for bowling first, due to his desire to back his batsmen to chase any total and to negate the impact the evening dew would have on his spinners.

Two of India's strike weapons are off-spinner Ravi Ashwin and left-arm orthodox-spinner Ravindra Jadeja, but their task is made harder when the dew sets in and it becomes more difficult to grip the ball.

Australia's attack is based more heavily around pace bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay, who are less affected by the dew.

"Yes, (batting first) is exactly a strategy we want to keep," Rixon told AAP.

"I'm not concerned about what MS Dhoni wants to do, it's what we want to do so we can win the game of cricket and that is batting in our case.

"It didn't work (in Jaipur), but it worked in the first game, so 50 per cent ratio at this stage.

"If we keep posting scores of 300 plus, chances are we are going to win more than we lose."

Despite the stunning loss, Australia were able to post their equal sixth highest one-day total, which included terrific knocks from captain George Bailey (92no), Phil Hughes (83) and half-centuries to Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch.

"I'm very, very happy with the batting at the moment (with) the way they're structuring their innings' and the contributions from plenty, in particular the captain," Rixon added.

"That's a good sign for Cricket Australia."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 18 October, 2013 11:06AM AEST

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