1st ODI: Focus on R Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer and bench strength
The three-match ODI series between India and Australia before the 2023 World Cup has raised concerns about player injuries and fatigue. However, the series holds value for both teams. India aim to find a solution to the ‘R Ashwin question’ in white-ball cricket, as the off-spinner makes a comeback after four-and-a-half years. With left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured, Ashwin’s experience and the likelihood of spin-friendly wickets in the World Cup make his recall understandable.