Rohit Sharma and company will play three one-day internationals against Australia beginning on September 22 following the end of the Asia Cup. This series will serve as both sides’ last opportunity to practise prior to the ODI World Cup begins on October 5.
Australia is currently on the white-ball tour of South Africa, where they are scheduled to play their fifth and final ODI. After that, the Australian squad will go for India to begin preparations for the ODI World Cup 2023 as well as the ODI series. Let’s take a look at three things India needs to keep in mind with ODI World Cup 2023 coming up
1. Test the batting while chasing
India has shown its strength while batting in the Asia Cup but while chasing they faltered against Bangladesh. It was an area the team wanted to focus on and there might have been some positives. They can try out the same thing during the ODIs against Australia. If they are able to chase a good total against the Australians, it can be a boost for the team ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023
2. Focus on bench strength
Having already played many games in the last 20 days, India will likely rest a few of its top performers on a rotation basis when they take on Australia next week. Considering the World Cup is only a few weeks away and the Indian squad already being full of players coming from lengthy injury layoffs, playing consecutively in humid conditions is not ideal. This can be a chance to focus on the bench strength ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023
3. Improve bowling against World-class batters
Bowling has surely improved a lot with the comebacks of Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah and the resurgence of Kuldeep Yadav. But Australian batters are some of the most fearsome players of cricket and would look to target everyone. If the bowling is successful against the Australians, it would be a great positive ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023.