Better bowling the goal for Australia


Australia are targeting an improvement in their bowling in the second one-day international against India in Brisbane.

The hosts got the job done in the series opener in Perth on Tuesday, chasing down India's 309 on a flat WACA wicket.

Rohit Sharma (171) appeared set to lead the tourists to victory as they made 309-3, but that total proved short of what was required.

Steve Smith (149) and George Bailey (112) led Australia to their win with four balls remaining, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

On debut, Joel Paris (0-53 off eight) and Scott Boland (0-74) failed to take a wicket, and the latter came in for particular punishment.

Boland said bowling to Rohit and Virat Kohli (91) when they were both set was challenging and an area to work on.

"They [coaches] were pleased," he said.

"There's a few things to work on for me and everyone so hopefully next game we can see an improved bowling performance by us all."

Boland said he was punished for yorkers he missed by "not too far", although the Perth wicket favoured batsmen.

"It was a pretty easy-paced wicket," he said.

"The batters got stuck in and hopefully the next wicket at the Gabba has a bit more pace and bounce and the bowlers can get some rewards there."

David Warner will miss the second ODI due to paternity leave, with Usman Khawaja called into the squad.

There will be other changes as Mitchell Marsh rests and is replaced by John Hastings for the clash at the Gabba.

Khawaja said he expected Shaun Marsh, who is also part of the squad, to replace Warner.

India were left to rue a controversial decision early in Australia's innings, with Bailey given not out despite appearing to glove a delivery down leg side.

With DRS not being used, he was given not out and went on to make a crucial century.

But with Rohit and Kohli at one point flying batting first, India looked set for a score above 330 - and falling 20 runs shy of that proved costly.