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India vs Australia: Bowlers who could impress in batting-heavy series


Amit Kumar,Cricketnext
Oct 12, 2013 at 10:36am IST

In an ODI series expected to be dominated by the batsmen, as the one-off T20 international suggested, bowlers from India and Australia will be in for a stern test on the batting-friendly tracks, where taking wickets sometimes becomes a hard toil.

The T20 international on Thursday, which India won by six wickets, produced 403 runs after India chased down the improbable-looking 201 put up by Australia, which hints towards a run-feast once the seven-match series begins in Pune on Sunday.

Let's take a look at bowlers from the two sides who can plug the runs as well as get among the wickets in the 50-over series.

India vs Australia: Bowlers who could impress in batting-heavy series

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar: It has been a dream run for Bhuvneshwar ever since he made his debut for India. His ability to swing both ways has made him India's key bowler with the new ball upfront. He has improved with every passing series, though still has work to do when it comes to bowling at the death. In run-up to this series, after being rested for the Zimbabwe tour, he represented India Blue who won the NKP Salve Challengers Trophy. His superb spell of 9-1-39-4 in the final earned him the Man-of-the-Match award, setting him up to take on the Aussies.

ODI stats: Matches 17, wickets 25, best 4 for 8, economy 3.97

Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin is India's numero-uno offspinner and spearhead of the spin attack. He was the highest wicket-taker in the Test series against Australia earlier this year, leading the chart with 29 wickets in four matches, but the tracks in the ODIs are going to be lot different and won't offer that much assistance. Ashwin discovered that in the T20, leaking 41 runs in just two overs he bowled. Still the offie remains a potent weapon in Dhoni's arsenal for the 50-over format.

ODI stats: Matches 58, Wickets 80, best 3 for 24, economy 4.80

Amit Mishra: The legspinner has been retained in the squad after a splendid show against Zimbabwe. Mishra, who made his debut against South Africa at Dhaka in 2003, has been more out than in the team. But in Zimbabwe, when given a chance in a full series, he turned out to be stand-in skipper Virat Kohli's go-to man as his 18 wickets in 5 matches at an economy of 4.40 helped India whitewash the hosts. And while he may not get a full series here, he will be eager to make the most of the chances coming his way.

ODIs: Matches 20, Wickets 37, best 6 for 48, economy 4.48

Nathan Coulter-Nile: The Australian right-arm fast bowler has played just one one-day international so far, but his performance for the Mumbai Indians in the Champions League Twenty20 caught the selectors' attention, who decided to keep him in India for the limited-overs internationals. He was the highest wicket-taker for the CLT20 champions, claiming six wickets in five matches, and looks in shape to trouble India.

ODIs: Matches 1, Wickets 1, best 1 for 34, economy 3.40

James Faulkner: The left-arm medium pacer will be playing for the first time against India in the ODIs, but he did represent Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League T20 taking six wickets to get himself oiled for the series against India. George Bailey can rely on Faulkner's accuracy and discipline to keep India under check.

ODIs: Matches 13, wickets 18, best 4 for 48, economy 5.00

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