In the backdrop of the ongoing controversy relating to the “inappropriate” comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, India will look to fine-tune their World Cup 2019 preparations as they take on Australia in the first match of the three-match One Day International (ODI) series in Sydney on Saturday. After making history in the Test series, confident India are all set for the limited overs battle. On Friday, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai told news agency PTI that both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry into their controversial comments on a popular TV show. The all-rounder’s absence means that India might have to rejig their bowling attack. Jasprit Bumrah has already been rested for this series, as well as the tour of New Zealand, and this allows the think-tank to conduct one final experimentation with their bowling attack. (LIVE SCORECARD)


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Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a shoe-in, and thereafter it depends if Virat Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya’s loss. In such a scenario, Mohammed Shami and Khaleel Ahmed are expected to get the nod, as India continue zeroing in on the pace quartet for the World Cup squad.

There is a sprinkling of grass on the SCG pitch and it could push the Indian skipper to opt for a three-pacer and two-spinner combination. Kohli also stated that, in Pandya’s absence, Ravindra Jadeja would step up as the all-rounder.