Indian tour to Australia kicks off soon and things can't get tougher than this for any cricketing nation. Visiting Australia and clinching wins out there is one of the most daunting task for any cricket team. It is always good to have couple of tour games ahead of the bilateral series to get an idea of the cricketing conditions and climate out there. India places two warm up matches against the Western Australia XI (WA XI) that would include a T20 match and an ODI match. Watch India vs Australia 2016 warm up match (Ind vs WA XI practice match) live streaming and telecast on HotStar and Star Sports HD network in India. Fans out there in Australia can enjoy the action live on cricket.com.au, the CA live app and also on the Optus Sport Facebook Page.
Dhoni has tough three months ahead. Last time when India toured to Australia, Dhoni had declared his retirement from the test arena. His team faced three straight losses in the triangular ODI series against Australia. Following this, India displayed some great cricket in the world cup by remaining unbeaten till the semi finals. It was in the semis where they again faced the mighty Australians and had to face another defeat. Dhoni and his men need to work out a winning formula down under so that they can march into the T20 world cup 2016 with a lot more confidence.
Following is the schedule for India's tour games in Australia:
Indians vs Western Australia XI T20 warm up match - 8th January 2016, Friday
6pm local time, 3:30pm Indian time
Indians vs Western Australia XI ODI warm up match - 9th January 2016, Saturday
2:30pm local time, 12pm Indian time
Here are the squads for both the teams:
India’s T20 Squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C) (Wk), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Ashish Nehra
India’s ODI Squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (C) (Wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Axar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Brainder Balbirsingh Sran
WA XI for Friday's T20: Will Bosisto (c), Ryan Duffield, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, David Moody, Jaron Morgan, James Muirhead, Josh Nicholas, Liam O’Connor, Travis Birt, Jake Carder, Darcy Short .
WA XI for Saturday's one-day game: Will Bosisto (c), Darcy Short, Mark Turner, Alex Bevilaqua, Jake Carder, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, David Moody, Jaron Morgan, James Muirhead, Liam O’Connor, Drew Porter.
While the Indian squad will make the most out of these T20 and ODI tour matches, the second string Western Australia side would try to prove a point. If they manage to clinch a win here they would earn a pyscological advantage for the national team when India plays the Australian side in the ODI series.
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