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The Indian cricket team returns to action for the first time since the pandemic, when they face Australia on Friday, November 27, in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). 

Apart from the ODI series the India tour of Australia 2020-21 has three T20Is and four Test matches as well, with a limited number of fans allowed at the stands.

The India cricket team comes to the contest on the back of a 3-0 ODI series defeat during their tour of New Zealand in February 2020. After the Men in Blue had whitewashed the Kiwis in a five-match T20I series, the Black Caps came back with a domineering performance in the ODIs.

While India haven’t played an ODI since February 11, 2020, Australia have had ODI practice prior to the Indian T20 League. Touring England last September, Aaron Finch and Co. won the three-match ODI series 2-1 on the English soil. Watch India vs Australia 2020-21 1st ODI on live streaming.

Indian vs Australia ODI full squads

India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.

India vs Australia 1st ODI predicted XI

With regular opener Rohit Sharma out with a hamstring injury, KL Rahul will likely open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Here’s India's probable line-up for the first ODI.

India predicted playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Barring Mitchell Marsh, who suffered an injury during the Indian T20 League, Australia have no major injury concerns and is likely to field a star-studded eleven. Here’s Australia’s probable XI for the first ODI. 

Australia predicted playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa. 

When and where to watch India vs Australia 1st ODI

The first India vs Australia ODI will be telecast live at 9:10 AM IST on Sony SIX HD, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3 HD, along with the corresponding SD channels, on Friday, November 27. Live streaming of the first AUS vs IND ODI will be available on the Sony LIV app.

For India vs Australia odds and betting, visit Sportsbet.io and look for ODI Series India vs Australia.

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Manjunath Kiran

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