Rattled by Mohammad Shami`s three-wicket burst with the new ball in the abandoned fourth ODI, Australian skipper George Bailey has instructed his batsmen to watch out for the rookie Indian pacer in the remaining games of the ongoing seven-match series.
Even as heavy rains cast doubts over the fate of the fifth ODI between India and Australia here Saturday, cricket enthusiasts today waited in long queues in front of Barabati stadium to purchase tickets for the match.
The Australian media has claimed that India`s massive win in the second one-day international against Australia has proved that there is life after Sachin Tendulkar, especially with Virat Kohli leading the way.
Rohit Sharma on Wednesday was a visibly happy man after a superlative unbeaten knock of 141 in a record chase by India in the second ODI against Australia which he termed as the "best that he has ever been part of" in his six year international career.
Australia`s back-to-back losses have thrown the ODI tri-series open and a revitalised India would look to corner the struggling and injury-hit hosts when the two sides clash in the critical second phase of the league on Sunday.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has admitted that "something clearly has gone awry" in the new selection panel`s communication with the public as he cleared the air on Brad Haddin, saying that the out-of-form wicketkeeper has been dropped and not rested.
His recent poor run notwithstanding, Australian cricket team`s stand-in skipper Ricky Ponting says he is still "worth a place" in the side but concedes that reputation alone won`t be enough to get him the selectors` nod all the time.
Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who injured his hamstring in Adelaide last week, said he is unlikely to recover in time for the one-dayer against India in the triangular series in Brisbane on Sunday.
India medium pacer R Vinay Kumar is not on anyone`s mind and he would just like it the way it is as long as his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni keeps turning to him and batsmen keep nibbling at his swinging deliveries.
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin understood he was not being rested from one-day duty after a poor Test series against India and selectors could have handled his omission better, according to the players` association chief Paul Marsh.