Even a inexperienced Australian side has the spark to upstage an established Indian team © Getty Images
Even a inexperienced Australian side has the spark to upstage an established Indian team © Getty Images

Australia have followed up their win against India at Perth with a similarly structured victory in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Brisbane. In both cases Australia were chasing big totals and they have emerged victorious. In recent times Australia have been deprived of a lot of experience from the senior team and that wave of inexperience in the team was only bigger in the Brisbane ODI. Yet Australia won the game in nonchalant manner. This ability Australia possesses to not only be competitive but also triumph against a more established side holds great significance, feels Rishad D’Souza. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd ODI at Brisbane

India have definitely not been at their best in the opening two ODIs of the five-match series against Australia. They have been competitive with the bat but have failed to hold down their advantage with the ball. Australia’s young side bereft of too much experience has been better on two occasions out of two. LIVE UPDATES: India vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd ODI at Brisbane

In the first game, Australia at least had David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh in the team. Although the latter two of those guys are relatively new to the international set up, they have had enough time with the national side to know the pressures and demands of international cricket.

In the second game none of these players were in the team in order to provide them with rest or in Warner’s case to attend to an important life event. Australia’s bowling attack looked highly unrecognisable with two of those bowlers — Paris and Scott Boland — having made their debut in the previous game.

The likes of John Hastings and Shaun Marsh have had a lot of domestic experience but they are relatively out of touch with the international scheme of things. Hastings has played just one game prior to this series in 2015 against England. Even Kane Richardson had played less than 10 games before playing in this match.

In stark contrast, India are a highly experienced unit. A lot of the faces have been around for at least two years. They are a good team with good amount of talent and experience in their ranks. MS Dhoni has been in the Indian set up since mid-2000s as a permanent fixture. Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Virat Kohli made names for themselves in the late 2000s to early 2010s period. The other players have not been short of experience either. In fact with the exception of Manish Pandey and Barinder Sran, no one would merit the fresher’s tag.

Yet, this new look Australian team has overcome India on two successive occasions. This is another testimony of Australia’s depth in talent. It is no matter of contention that this team had their imperfections. The bowling department especially looked bare in absence of the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and the recently retired Mitchell Johnson.

Yet they have managed to restrict India to scores manageable enough for their slightly more established batting line up to chase. Steven Smith, still fresh in his role as skipper, has not been overawed by the challenge he faces of trying to upstage this strong Indian side. If a team recently affected by so many retirements, playing without so many first choice players from the current setup can beat an established team so much poise things look very bright for Australia.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)