Aussies hoping to use home advantage against India in ODI opener


Australia will be hoping to keep the wins coming, but know they will face stiff opposition against India in the upcoming one-day international series against India.

Steve Smith's Australia enjoyed a comfortable Test series victory against West Indies, winning 2-0 before the third match in Sydney was drawn courtesy of terrible weather.

The five-match series against India gets underway at the WACA in Perth on Tuesday and is the first bilateral ODI series to be contested between the two countries in Australia, despite this being India's 89th 50-over game in the country.

The last time these two met was in the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final with Smith's 105 at the SCG helping the Australians through to the final, but just over half that squad will take on India on Tuesday.

In the seven previous bilateral ODI series between the two countries - all of which have been played in India - Australia holds a narrow advantage, with four wins to India's three, although the latter has won the last two in 2010 and 2013.

The Indians have not defeated Australia in an ODI at the WACA since 1991, and captain Smith hopes Australia can use the unique conditions to their advantage again.

"I think it suits us. The WACA and GABBA [where the second match will be played] have been a bit of a fortress for us in one-day cricket," Smith said.

"It's a bit different to what the Indians are used to back home so hopefully we can exploit that early on."

Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have departed the Australia set up while Mitchell Starc, their leading ODI wicket-tacker of the 2015 series with 41, is out with injury and there will be two debutants for the hosts in Scott Boland and Western Australian Joel Paris, who is tipped to take the new ball alongside Josh Hazlewood.

India have faced some tricky selection issues of their own, most notably with lead bowler Mohammed Shami, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Virat Kohli will be looking to make amends for his one-run dismissal in the 2015 World Cup semi, although he proved in last year's Test series that he can bat in Aussie conditions, having knocked three centuries in four Test matches.

India captain MS Dhoni will be relishing his personal battle with Australia counterpart Smith, and would become the second player to notch up 50 ODI wickets against the Aussies with six more dismissals.

Dhoni is one of three Indian batsmen in the top 10 ODI rankings, alongside Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, while Australia boasts just one in Glenn Maxwell.