Former skipper Ricky Ponting believes Australia's three-match ODI rubber in India is going to be a riveting contest especially with the hosts looking to avenge the previous series loss on home shores against the Aussies.
Mumbai will host the first ODI on January 14 followed by Rajkot (January 17) and Bangalore (January 19) as the two sides resume the great India-Australia rivalry.
"Australia will be full of confidence after an excellent World Cup and a great summer of Test cricket but India will be keen to redeem themselves from the last ODI series loss against Australia. Prediction: 2-1 Australia," Ponting tweeted during a Q & A session with his fans, putting his weight behind the visitors to prevail at the end.
Australia has rejigged its squad post the World Cup in UK, dropping guys like Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell and giving confidence to youngsters such as Marnus Labuschagne and Ashton Turner.
Labuschagne was picked specifically for his ability to tackle spin in the middle-order as shown in List A games back home and of course, in his short but successful Test career thus far.
"I think he’ll do a great job for Australia in the middle order," Ponting tweeted. "He’s a very good player of spin, a very good runner between the wickets, gun in the field and can bowl some handy leg spin so the overall package is very appealing."
Aaron Finch will lead Australia during the short tour for which head coach Justin Langer was given a break following a lengthy season. His assistant Andrew McDonald will be in charge of the team that has a nice mix of youth and experience. This should be a good series.