India are scheduled to play five T20Is against Australia, starting on Thursday, November 23, 2023 in Visakhapatnam's Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Both teams recently clashed in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and the men from Down Under emerged as winners for a record-extending sixth time. (World Cup 2023 | Streaming | Cricket News)
Wicket-keeper batter Matthew Wade will captain the Australian side and the squad will have around six players from the World Cup-winning team in India. Player of the match in the finals, Travis Head will open the innings. Veteran southpaw David Warner has been rested after the World Cup triumph. All-rounder Aaron Hardie replaced him in the squad. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will stabilise the middle order, and Tim David will provide the power-hitting arsenal. Australia's new-look pacer Spencer Johnson will play his first match in India.
The Indian squad was announced on Monday and Suryakumar Yadav has been named captain of the team in the absence of Hardik Pandya. Ruturaj Gaikwad will open the innings with either Ishan Kishan or Yashasvi Jaiswal. ODI captain Rohit Sharma and run-master Virat Kohli have been rested, citing the recently concluded ODI World Cup. Virat Kohli made 765 runs in 11 innings and was awarded Player of the Tournament. A young team has been announced with an ample amount of experience.
India and Australia have played each other 26 times in T20 Internationals. India have the edge over Australia in these face-offs. Australia have managed to win 10 times, whereas India have beaten Australia 15 times in this format. One match ended with no result. With five matches in the series, Australia have a golden opportunity to even the tally with a clean sweep, but the Indian side cannot be taken for granted.
Total matches played: 26
Matches won by India: 15
Matches won by Australia: 10
No Result: 1
India: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar
Australia: Matthew Wade (c), Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Hardie, Adam Zampa