Australia ready to take on India again
The complete guide to the Victoria Bitter ODI Series, kicking off on Tuesday January 12
Laura Jolly previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and is now cricket.com.au Women's Cricket Editor providing dedicated coverage to all aspects of the women's game
What is it?
Fierce rivals Australia and India will meet in five one-day internationals, starting on Tuesday, January 12 at the WACA Ground. Games will also be played at the Gabba (January 15), Melbourne Cricket Ground (January 17), Manuka Oval (January 20) and Sydney Cricket Ground (January 23).
Australia captain Steve Smith has named his XI for the series-opening match at the WACA on Tuesday, with exciting young bowlers Joel Paris and Scott Boland to make their ODI debuts. The squad has been picked for the first three pace friendly-pitches only with a revised squad to be picked for the final two ODIs in Canberra and Sydney, which could have repercussions for clubs involved in the Big Bash finals.
Smith cops a nasty blow at training
Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Scott Boland, Joel Paris, Josh Hazlewood.
Warner trains at the WACA on Monday
Joining the above XI in the squad is batsman Shaun Marsh and fast bowler Kane Richardson.
India squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rishi Dhawan, Brainder Balbirsingh Sran.
What's the fixture?
What happened last time they met?
Australia's unbeaten record in World Cup semi-finals never looked in danger when they met India for a place in the World Cup final in Sydney in March.
An unforgettable century from Steve Smith and 81 from Aaron Finch helped Australia to 7-328, before two quick wickets from Mitchell Johnson removed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, putting the hosts on track for a 95-run win.
Before that, Australia and India played off against England in an ODI Tri-Series, which saw Australia defeat India by four wickets at the MCG before the second clash between the sides in Sydney was washed out.
Watch: Australia claim victory at the MCG
India failed to win a match during the series, beaten by England twice.
What's the form like?
Australia's last one-day international outing was against England in September, where they claimed a 3-2 series victory, but their line-up for this series differs vastly from the one in England and side which claimed the World Cup in March earlier last year, as a result of injury and retirements.
Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke have hung up the boots, while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been sidelined by injury.
Shane Watson, Ashton Agar and John Hastings were overlooked for the squad for the third three matches, while James Faulkner is back after missing the England ODI series due to suspension.
Young quicks Joel Paris and Scott Boland have been included alongside South Australian paceman Kane Richardson after their impressive form through the summer to date.
Watch: Boland's brilliant death bowling
India lost their most recent ODI series at home to South Africa 3-2. Since touching down in Australia they have played two warm-up games against a second-string Western Australia XI, romping to a 74-run win in Friday's T20 before a 64-run victory in the 50-over match on Saturday.
Star batsmen Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan both scores 74 in the 20-over practice game, while Rohit Sharma top-scored with 67 in the second match.
Watch: Kohli blasts 74 at the WACA
How can I tune in?
For fans in Australia, every match will be shown live on the Nine Network around the country with streaming available to Live Pass subscribers on cricket.com.au and via the Cricket Australia Live app.
Radio coverage will be provided by ABC Grandstand and Macquarie Radio Network for every match with fans able to listen for free on the CA Live app and in the cricket.com.au Match Centre.
For the first time, fans will also be able to stream a Hindi audio feed for the match via the CA Live app and in the cricket.com.au Match Centre.
Don’t forget, eligible Optus customers get access to a free Live Pass, as well as extended video highlights of every match. More info here.
Here’s where to go for the latest updates on social media:
And you can now follow on Snapchat at ‘cricketcomau’
What about going to a game?
That’s a great idea! You won't have another chance to see India in Australia until the summer of 2018-19, while this tour also shapes as skipper MS Dhoni's last on Australian soil.
For information and to make a purchase, click here.
If that's not reason enough, the action will be hot both on and off the field during the Victoria Bitter ODI Series, with Cricket Australia unveiling its latest innovation, the 'Field of Flavours' food markets.
Fans will be able to enjoy the new food market experience – inspired by late-night food markets – in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. For more information click here.