Fans can watch the India vs. Australia cricket match live online and see which team can kick off the month-long series with a victory in the One-Day International contest.
The teams will meet Tuesday in Perth and the match is scheduled to begin at 11:20 a.m. local time (3:20 a.m. GMT).
Players on both teams say they are looking forward to renewing what has become one of the best rivalries in cricket. The teams met in last year’s World Cup with Australia putting an end to India’s torrid run through the tournament.
Australian batsman George Bailey described the rivalry as fierce, and said he knows India will give the hosts their best over the course of the five ODI series.
“We have got a rich history and a really strong rivalry with India. We have fought some fierce battles, both in India and here over the last few years,” Bailey said (via The India Express). “They have played some very strong, aggressive brand of cricket in much as the same way as we do. So, we have to be at our best, some young guys have come in after the change of guard post the World Cup but the rivalry would be as strong.”
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Bailey said he didn’t think last year’s World Cup match would play too much into the upcoming series, as both squads have gone through some big changes, but he did say it was a “big deal for them to try and beat us and particularly away from home.”
Fans who watch the India vs. Australia cricket match live online will see two teams on top of their game, and atop the international rankings as well. They are currently at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings, though Australia has a 13-point lead over India.
This is the first time the teams will be playing a bilateral series in Australia, and the first time in 25 years that India has played in an ODI match against Australia in Australia.
Bailey noted that the pitch itself could play a role. He noted that Perth has changed a bit in the past few years, and he doesn’t think there is “the same amount of carry as there used to be.” He said there is a bit of an extra bounce to the field, which India will have to adjust to.
The India vs. Australia cricket match also takes place against the backdrop of an intrasquad debate for the Men in Blue.
Mail Today writer S. Kannan explains that the Ravichandran Ashwan has kicked up a bit of controversy over his thoughts on the different styles of captains in MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
“The world of cricket sees Ashwin as a simple guy who plays cricket with passion and is a simpleton. Yet, when print and media scribes ask him a question on captaincy styles, he does answer.
“In recent interviews, Ashwin compared Dhoni and Kohli’s captaincy styles, which did offer an insight into what goes on beyond the boundary. Indeed, all this makes for interesting reading as a player like Ashwin is in the best position to tell us.
“My point is, leadership and captaincy, be it any sphere of life, is not easy to compare. In politics, we have experts who debate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of functioning since he took over in May 2014.”
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