India vs Australia: 3 Aussie players who were unlucky to have missed out from the ODI squad
For Virat Kohli’s men who are currently encountering Sri Lanka in the three-match T20I series, it will a daunting task to overcome the five-time world champion’s challenge.
Updated - Jan 10, 2020 11:09 am
Australia’s next assignment will be the highly-anticipated tour of India for the three-match ODI series which begins at Wankhede Stadium on January 14 before moving to Rajkot (January 17) and Bengaluru (January 19) for the remaining fixtures.
For Virat Kohli’s men who are currently encountering Sri Lanka in the three-match T20I series, it will a daunting task to overcome the five-time world champion’s challenge. It was Australia who emerged victorious (3-2) when these two sides last played an ODI series in India. Virat Kohli will be determined to showcase the Men in Blue’s domination at home by clinching the series having missed out last year despite a 2-0 advantage.
The battle was interesting last year, and it promises to be more intense this time with big guns Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith and David Warner making the cut. Both teams look strong across all departments hence we need to wait and watch as to how the action unfolds and who will emerge victorious this time. However, several Australian players who made a mark last time have been left out this time much to the surprise of fans.
Here are the three Australian players who were unlucky to have missed out from the ODI squad for the three-match ODI series:
1. Usman Khawaja
Khawaja had a memorable 2019 finishing the year as Australia’s second-highest run-getter (sixth overall) in ODIs with 1085 runs that include eight half-centuries and two centuries. A decent outing at the 2019 World Cup saw the southpaw finishing the tournament with 316 runs in nine innings.
The 33-year-old who was the star performer with the bat when Australia toured India early last year produced a Man of the Series-winning performance in the five-match ODI series which the visitors won 3-2. Khawaja amassed 383 runs at an average of 76.60 emerging as the highest run-getter of the series and was one of the major factors behind his team’s memorable series win despite trailing 0-2 after the first two games.
Sans David Warner and Steven Smith, Khawaja’s knocks at the top of the order set the foundation for the middle order take over. With Warner and D’Arcy Short making their way into the squad, the dependable Usman Khawaja has been left out this time. Considering his ODIs exploits throughout 2019 especially his performance against India, he was expected to make the cut. Sadly, it isn’t the case for Khawaja who like the fans will be surprised upon the omission.