ICC T20 Rankings – India vs Australia T20 Series : Aaron Finch’s Australia will have a golden chance to regain the World No.1 spot when they take on Virat Kohli’s India at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Friday. The Men Down Under are just a win away to return to the top of the ICC T20 Team Rankings list.
Currently England holds the No.1 spot in the shortest format of the game with 275 rating points in 25 matches. Australia too have the same rating points in 22 games but aer behind in the total points. While the Three Lions have 6,877 points, the Kangaroos have 6,047 points.
Meanwhile, India too have a chance to climb up in rankings.
ICC T20 Rankings Team: India have a chance to become No.2
Team India are currently at No.3 with 266 rating points in 35 games. If the Virat Kohl-men want to become No.2, they will have to clean sweep the three-match T20 series. Interestingly, they have a great chance to do so.
Ind vs Aus 1st T20: All-round India vs injury-marred Australia
Short of resources in ODIs, India will have enough options to choose from to pose a stiffer challenge to Australia.
The 1-2 ODI series loss reaffirmed that India have a lot of work to do in the 50-over format but they possess a much more balanced squad in the shortest format.
Before the pandemic suspended sporting activities around the world, India had blanked hosts New Zealand in a five-match series and they will be taking a lot of confidence out of that result into the contest against Australia.
The presence of Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and T Natarajan, who did well on his ODI debut on Wednesday, lends much-needed balance to the bowling department.
Yorker specialist Natarajan, who was a late addition to the ODI squad, could also make his T20 debut on Friday having shown enough promise in his maiden international appearance.
Skipper Kohli looked in good touch in ODIs and will be aiming to build on that while number four Shreyas Iyer will be targetting big scores from great starts like he did in the preceding three-match series.
Australia, after naming the same squad for ODIs as well as T20s, would be backing themselves to beat India after a clinical display over the last one week despite injury concerns.
Star batsman David Warner is unavailable due to a groin injury and it remains to be seen if Marnus Labuschagne comes alongside skipper Aaron Finch on Friday like they both did a night ago.
Marcus Stoinis would have been another good opening option with Finch but he too is a doubtful starter due to a side injury he suffered during the ODIs.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who were rested on Wednesday, are expected to return to bolster the attack.
Ind vs Aus Squads:
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (VC), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, A’Arcy Short, Adam Zampa.