Australia have won eight of their 11 one-day internationals since Michael Clarke became captain.
Australia have won eight of their 11 one-day internationals since Michael Clarke became captain. SMP images - Ryan Schembri

'Australia deserve to be favourites'

THE new India, who belatedly made an appearance at the MCG on Friday night, have not shaken Michael Clarke's conviction that his team deserve to be regarded as favourites leading into the triangular one-day series that starts at the same venue today.

M. S. Dhoni's one-day team held aloft the World Cup last year, defeating Sri Lanka in the final, while a revitalised India won the second Twenty20 international by eight wickets on Friday night with a more youthful and energetic side than was thrashed 4-0 in the Tests.

Injuries and an urge to blood new players have led to a new-look Australian squad for the first three matches, too. Only four players from the team that lost the World Cup quarter-final - Clarke, ex-captain Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and veteran paceman Brett Lee - remain.

Still, Australia is ranked No. 1 in the world for ODIs and have won eight of 11 games since Clarke became captain.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au



Why a Ring Road is the best option for Rocky

premium_icon Why a Ring Road is the best option for Rocky

STRELOW: We couldn't fight this forever but we can shape the result

'People are losing hope': CQ nurse reveals truth about Nauru

premium_icon 'People are losing hope': CQ nurse reveals truth about Nauru

The 'Nauru is paradise' narrative is a lie. Here's the proof

Politicians face local backlash against Adani's water use

premium_icon Politicians face local backlash against Adani's water use

They sought to explain the stringent oversight for the project.

Local Partners