India will look to bounce back in the T20I series after losing 1-4 in the ODI series © AFP
India will look to bounce back in the T20I series after losing 1-4 in the ODI series © AFP

Adelaide: India might have been thoroughly outplayed in the One-Day International (ODI) series, but former Australia batsman Dean Jones on Sunday said the visitors will do much better in the three T20 Internationals (T20I) as they have a balanced side, which was missing in the one-dayers. “Look, I think India are much better balanced in T20 cricket; they have good top three batsmen, MS Dhoni is the finisher in the middle, Yuvraj [Singh] is coming too and then you have the spinners. It is a balanced side, just not for ODIs in Australia,” said Jones. Jones is convinced that the Indian team has been solely concentrating on the Twenty20 series with the World T20 just eight weeks away. Full Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st T20I at Adelaide

“The bottomline is what India, and MS Dhoni, want out of this tour. I am sure they wanted to win the ODI series but they were also giving a lot of youngsters chances in the ODIs. I think India will be more worried about winning the T20 series. That’s the priority,” Jones said.

“It doesn’t matter whether they win or lose ODIs in Australia. What matters is playing T20s against Australia, who have a half decent team and that too without Mitchell Starc but are still doing well. The T20s here are more important than the ODIs,” he added. READ: Darren Lehmann to miss T20I series between India and Australia

Stating that India would be looking to build-up their options before they settled on a final squad, Jones said: “You want to pick your team for the World T20 now and give the players some matches to get ready for that tournament. “Form is everything in T20 cricket. For example, if Yuvraj can get some runs here, it will get his confidence going. You pitch it up to him then and he will whack it. That’s what the T20 game is about confidence.” After this series, starting here on January 26, India will play two more Twenty20 series — first against Sri Lanka at home and then the Asia Cup in Bangladesh — that will give them enough opportunities to evaluate their options. READ: Rohit Sharma: India could not capture crucial moments in ODIs against Australia

The veterans such as Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra have been recalled to the T20 fold and Jones feels it is the right decision. “I think they are absolutely right in that selection,” said Jones.