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India vs Australia in T20I: All you need to know

January 25, 2016 19:23 IST

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IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja during India’s match against Australia in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.

India will eye revenge for their defeat in the One-Day International series as they meet fierce rivals Australia in the three-match Twenty20 International series, starting on Tuesday, at Adelaide Oval.

The other two matches be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (January 29) and Sydney Cricket Ground (January 31).

The matches will see some of the world’s explosive batsmen in action, while the series is also tipped as a much-needed preparatory ground ahead of the crucial World T20 scheduled to be held in March in India. 

Who's playing?

India: The visitors have been 'forced' to make two changes for the T20 leg of their tour of Australia, with Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar both suffering hand injuries.

Rahane split the webbing in his right hand during the fourth ODI in Canberra on Wednesday, with all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann named as his cover for the T20 series, but the Mumbai batsman, who could recover in time for the next two T20 matches, will stay with the squad.

Bhuvneshwar has flown home with a hairline fracture in his left thumb and his place has been taken by all-rounder Rishi Dhawan.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be relieved to see the return of his experienced batting stars -- Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.

Veteran left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra will be making his comeback to the Indian team after nearly five years, while the series will also be vital for experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Australia: The selectors have included the 'Wild Thing' Shaun Tait and uncapped paceman Andrew Tye in a 17-man squad, while Australia's Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon also gets the chance for his first T20 international cap in an enlarged squad picked to allow coaching staff and selectors to take a closer look at the players ahead of the crucial World T20 tournament.

Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the first match due to a hamstring injury but is expected to return for Friday's second match.

India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain),Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane (Gurkeerat Singh Mann to act as cover), Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra.

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Shaun Marsh, Cameron Boyce, Nathan Lyon, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Scott Boland, Shaun Tait

Head-to-head record

Australia and India have met nine times in T20I, with India winning five to Australia's four.

The last time they met was in Dhaka during the 2014 World T20, a match India won by 73 runs.

Form guide

Twenty20 Internationals have been a rare commodity for Australia off late. They played just one in 2015, suffering a five-run defeat to England. 

India's most recent T20 series resulted in a 2-0 defeat on home soil to South Africa last October.

Australia, however, will be buoyed by their 4-1 win in the five-match ODI series, which was dominated by the batsmen.

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