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Australian XI Tours India for Cricket World Cup Lead-up

Australian cricket fans will gain a glimpse into the fate of the Aussie cricketers in the Cricket World Cup when a two-match Twenty20 International series against India starts next week.

The series comes just a month following Australia handing India its first ever Test victory on Australian soil.

India will again be led by Virat Kohli, first in the T20s and immediately after in five ODIs.

Kohli is one of Australia’s bowlers’ worst nightmares in any format, but his swing for the boundaries approach in short format cricket is especially nightmarish.

History supports this claim.

Kohli averages 61.00 after 14 T20 International innings against Australia. Five half tons with four unbeaten finishes are what Kohli has done in the past. Kohli is fourth on the all-time list for most runs ever in T20 Internationals, but the three above him trail Kohli’s average by a considerable margin.

In other words, a few more innings will see Kohli rise to the top.

Kohli has made 2,167 T20 runs at 49.25, with Martin Guptill’s average of 33.91 paling by comparison.

Aussie bowlers did hold him to four in Brisbane last November, so he is not invincible, but Kohli’s average suggests that for an innings to result in just four runs, there should be an innings of 94 lurking.

The first of the T20s will be Monday, in India, at the ACA – VDCA Cricket Stadium. The next will be three days later at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Aussie bowlers will have to be aware of Rohit Sharma, India’s vice-captain. Sharma’s run total exceeds Kohli’s by just 159 runs and his average of 32.76 is not to be overlooked simply because it is so far below Kohli’s.

Recent form shows it all. When India loses, it is by narrow margins. When India wins, the margin is often considerable.