India will host the ODI World Cup in October-November this year, so the three-match series starting on Friday between two top-ranked teams like India-Australia will have a lot of significance. Australia’s Mitchell Marsh believes the role of all-rounders will be crucial ahead of the ODI World Cup as it will help balance the team and provide more options.
Marsh said on Thursday ahead of Australia’s practice session, ‘For the balance of our team, the more all-rounders here, the better. It is really important to have the structure they (all-rounders) want to field. We have seen this in the past with good teams. In the England team, there are such batsmen in the eighth order who help the team to set a big target or chase a big target.
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Marsh believes that this series as well as the World Cup will be high-scoring. He said, ‘I think it will happen. We will see (big scores) in this series, hopefully a lot of runs will be scored. We are looking forward to the World Cup, the way cricket is played here in white ball format, you have to target big or chase big totals.
The 31-year-old batsman said that it would be very difficult to beat India at their home. He said, ‘It is always difficult to register a win in India. India’s ODI team is very strong and they play very well at home. But I think our team is also very good and it is going to be a great match.
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