India’s first opponent in the 2023 ODI World Cup will be Australia. The game will happen on October 8th in Chennai. Recently, India defeated Australia 2-1 in an ODI series. However, Australia won the last game and are high on confidence right now. Here, we predict Australia’s playing 11 for the World Cup game against India in Chennai.
Openers: David Warner and Mitchell Marsh
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh will open the batting in Australia’s playing 11 for the World Cup game against India in Chennai. There are no surprises here for the Aussies in this department.
Both Warner and Marsh are good players of spin. If they can get through the first spell by the Indian bowlers, they can build a good platform for the team.
Middle-Order: Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey (WK)
Steve Smith is one of the best batters of spin in the game currently. Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Stoinis will face off for one spot in the playing XI. However, on a spinning pitch, Australia must save wickets and for this, Marnus might be necessary.
Alex Carey will be the wicketkeeper for this team. He will be expected to apply the finishing touches in the batting department.
All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green
Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green will be the all-rounders in Australia’s playing 11 for the World Cup game against India in Chennai. This group will be really important for the team.
Combined together, they must provide 10 overs. In fact, in Chennai, Maxwell himself must be able to give 10 overs. With the bat, as well, he should step up.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa
This group will remain the same for most of the tournament for the Australians. There is an adequate balance to succeed on most tracks.
That said, there could be some workload management done by the management. Considering it is a long tournament, we could see some players getting rest for some matches.