India skipper MS Dhoni has called for his young side to be given time to improve after their difficult start to the one-day tour in Australia.
World Twenty20 champions India fielded a young side in their match with Australia, which they lost by a whopping nine wickets.
India were also struggling in the first match of the one-day triangular series against the Aussies before the rain saved them from probably defeat.
Sri Lanka are next up for India and Dhoni hopes his young side will be given time to prove themselves on the international stage.
"We have to give players chances," He told The Asian Age newspaper.
"It can work to our advantage, or backfire. It depends on the individuals, on how they take responsibility.
"They can either take up playing Australia and Sri Lanka as a challenge, or succumb. It is up to them to show courage and go out and perform, no matter how much we motivate them.
"I am of the opinion that, with the 2011 World Cup being at home in India, whoever is the captain then would love to have 14 guys with 80-100 one-day internationals under his belt.
"It's very important to think about it from now.
"There are so many seniors in the side, people with 300-plus games, the youngsters must learn from them about preparation and adapting to tough situations."