BCCI announce 12-man squad for 1st T20I against Australia

India vs Australia 1st T20

'Australia in Australia is always going to be dangerous' – Rohit Sharma 19 Nov 18

India will be without the inspirational Dhoni in their tour-opening, three-match Twenty20 global series that starts in Brisbane on Wednesday after the veteran wicket keeper was rested by selectors. In this series though, such a thing is unlikely to happen as Karthik might not also get to play all the three games.

Indian cricket coach Ravi Shastri with captain Virat Kohli ahead of their departure for Australia.

India have lost two away Test series in 2018, against South Africa (1-2) and England (1-4).

India are yet to win a Test series in Australia.

The change within the Australian side was noted by South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who said the "chirping and swearing have been really toned down". So, while India will be playing their opening T20I match in Brisbane on Wednesday, Bangar will be helping out the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, who will be having their net session in Sydney for the next five days.

Langer: "We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series. It was a shortened game - 10 overs a side - so you can not make too much out of it", Sharma said, not reading too much into Australia's defeat. Be it Test, ODI or T20I cricket, the Delhi-born cricketer has never flattered to deceive. India arrive for a four-test tour against an Australian side uncertain of its own line-up and struggling to win a game in any format.

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

The cricketer made his India debut in 2016 and since then has been a regular member of the side, at least in the shorter formats.

The batting is pretty good but there are two spots that India would keenly watch this series. "We have come here to play Australia and we won't underestimate them", said Kohli. "Different individuals will take places in different formats but the motive of the team is to try and cease all the moments". So here's how India can inch closer towards Pakistan and how Australia can topple India to become the second-ranked team in the world! The game in which we committed [fewer] mistakes we won that game because we were at par with the other team throughout. "We even had a situation not that long ago where Sri Lanka refused to play, to come out on to the ground, for two hours (against the West Indies when ball-tampering allegations were raised)", he said.

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