The Indian cricket team could contemplate making one change in the ODI World Cup squad that was announced a few weeks ago. With Axar Patel sustaining an injury, the selection committee finds itself in a troublesome position. Though the injury to the all-rounder isn't a serious one, talks of him being replaced by Ravichandran Ashwin have taken place in the cricketing spectrum. With the squad announcement deadline today (September 28), the Board of Control for Cricket in India have to confirm whether it plans to make any changes to the 15-man roster or not.
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India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday has admitted that the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup could be his last for the team. His comments came ahead of India's first World Cup warm-up game against England in Guwahati. Ashwin was roped in as replacement after all-rounder Axar Patel was ruled out of the tournament due to an injury. Ashwin also admitted that his selection came as a shock to him as he "wasn't thinking about" being part of the squad.
The Indian cricket team will take on England in its first World Cup warm-up match in Guwahati on Saturday. The Rohit Sharma-led side will try to keep cards close and assess defending champions England's batting depth. Both teams can use as many players as they want in order to finalise the best possible event for the main event starting October 5. With KL Rahul set to keep the gloves during the tournament, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan could fight for a place in middle-order. It will also be a good opportunity for Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to test themselves and it is expected that all bowlers will be taking turns to bowl a few overs.
The Indian team management will try to keep cards close and assess defending champions England's batting depth when the home team takes field for its first World Cup warm-up match game in Guwahati on Saturday. The warm-up games don't have an official status. Both teams can use as many players as they want and check out how some of the players respond in specific match situations. However no team would like to go full throttle and expose all their players or strategies during these games.
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Glenn Maxwell returned career-best figures of 4-40 to end Australia's five-match losing streak with a consolation 66-run win over India in the third one-day international on Wednesday. Mitchell Marsh led the batting onslaught with his 96 as Australia posted 352-7, a total their bowlers defended by bowling out India for 286 in Rajkot. The hosts took the three-match series 2-1 but Australia finish on a high ahead of the ODI World Cup starting October 5 in India. Maxwell, who returned to the team alongside Mitchell Starc after the two players recovered from their injuries, scored just five with the bat but made an impact with his impressive off-spin. Maxwell got the first three wickets including skipper Rohit Sharma, for 81, and star batsman Virat Kohli, for 56, after a brisk start by India.