Ind vs Aus Warm Up Live
History repeats itself. Yes it does but in cricket the results may vary. We are hardly few days away from the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Just before that we have 14 exciting warm up matches. The warm up phase kicks off with a practice match between defending champions India and in form hosts Australia. Way back in 2011 during the world cup, India faced Australia in a warm up match and won it pretty comfortably. But things have changed in last few months. Indian performances have dipped while Australia has emerged as a favourite to clinch this year's world cup. Indian cricket fans can enjoy India vs Australia warm up match live streaming and telecast on ESPN Star Sports network with live Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam commentary. Not to forget, Star Cricket India has also launched couple of new HD channels. Along with the earlier Star Sports HD1 and HD2 channels, cricket fans can enjoy HD broadcast on Star Sports HD3 and HD4 with dedicated live Hindi commentary on HD3 channel.
The warm up matches would serve teams an opportunity to gain their lost momentum and get used to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand. Talking about the India vs Australia clash, the momentum is certainly towards the Australian side. Indian team would have to pull a rabbit out of their hat to win this practice game.
India haven't got things at the right place since the time they landed in Australia. 2-0 test series loss was followed by even more disappointing tri series outing for India. The team lost all the matches apart from one that was washed out against Australia. England would feel good to have atleast defeat the world champions twice and reaching the finals.
Meanwhile Australian team is at the peak of confidence after winning test series and Cartlon Mid Tri Series. Adding to the confidence they would enter the world cup with number one ranking in ICC ODI ratings. India are pushed down to number two. Indian fans would hope that the team won't slide down further and bounce back really hard to retain the world cup that they won in 2011.
Not only India but many other teams have been hit by injuries. For India, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma were scheduled to give a fitness test today (7th February 2015). Mohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni are additional players would could replace any one of the injured players in case they fail to prove themselves fit.
While Indian batting clicks well in phases, many a times they have disappointed. If we look closely into the tri-series, sans Ajinkya Rahane almost all others failed. Indian team has a lot of hopes from the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. They act as the back bone of Indian batting line up along with Rahane. Shikhar Dhawan has been highly criticised for his bad form and whether he plays further is a big question. Bowling department for India is their weakest point. If the bowling couldn't restrict the opposition to small or achievable totals, its really hard for the team to make it to the knock out stage of 2015 world cup.
For Australia, Michael Clarke is yet to prove his fitness. Meanwhile their prime all rounder James Faulkner has been declared injured and hopes are high that he would be fit before the world cup kicks off. Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc would be two prime bowlers for the Australian line up.
One would love to enjoy the batting of Warner, Finch, Maxwell, Smith, Bailey and many more to name. One could say Australia has the strongest batting line up along with South Africa.
MS Dhoni has seen a lot of success in his illustrious career, especially in the ODI version of the game. This would be his biggest test where he needs to take his team along in tough time and come up with some great performances!
This warm up match would be followed by some other exciting matches that would continue till 13th February. And we are sure Indian and Pakistani cricket fans are eager to witness a classic match of India vs Pakistan on 15th February. Tune into Star Sports in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives for all the live action. Watch the matches live on Fox Sports and Network Nine in Australia, PTV Sports in Pakistan, Sky Sport in New Zealand, OSN Sports in UAE, Sky Sports in UK and Ireland, Eurosport in rest of the Europe, etc.