India v Australia: MS Dhoni wary of Australia batting depth

Last Updated: 13/10/13 8:47am

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MS Dhoni: India captain highlighted Australia's all-round strength

MS Dhoni: India captain highlighted Australia's all-round strength

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes containing Australia's aggressive batting line-up will be key to the outcome of their forthcoming one-day international series.

The first of seven clashes takes place in Pune on Sunday, and India go into the opener on a high after chasing down 202 to win the one-off Twenty20 international on Thursday.

Dhoni's side are currently top of the ICC world rankings in the 50-over format following their Champions Trophy victory earlier this year, but the wicketkeeper knows his bowlers in particular face a tough test over the coming series.

"Australia bat up to number nine," he said. "That's why in the T20 game they were not too concerned about losing wickets and adopted an aggressive approach. They wanted to increase the pace.

"They have got quite a few bowlers who can bat and batsmen who can bowl, that way they have more bowlers to play with. So if it is tough on one bowler, there is someone else to take the responsibility.

"Hopefully we will be able to maintain pressure, but overall they are a very good side and their general approach would be aggressive and, with the kind of batting line-up they have, they will look to put enough runs on the board if they are batting first or look to chase down anything, especially with the dew factor that will be around for most of the games."


Opposite number George Bailey, standing in for the injured Michael Clarke, is looking for a positive result to take into the return Ashes series against England next month.

He said: "India are very good. They deserve to be number one in the world. They were the best team in the Champions Trophy.

"They are a very well-balanced side and we have to combat that. We are in a reasonable position to do that.

"I feel their batting is very strong. They bat right through to eight and nine. Their top seven are really strong. But if you focus too much on one batter, then another one is going to jump up and hurt you.

"So it is important to be consistent across the board and knowing that if we are going to bowl them out, keep them to a manageable target, we have to bowl well."

Live coverage of the first one-day international in Pune starts at 8.55am on Sky Sports 3

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