Steven Smith (above) was later seen being offered new batting tips by former Australian wicketkeeper batsman Rod Marsh © Getty Images
Steven Smith (above) was later seen being offered new batting tips by former Australian wicketkeeper batsman Rod Marsh © Getty Images

Steven Smith copped a nasty blow to his lower-abdominal area during net practice on Monday a day before the first One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and India at Perth. The Australian skipper was floored after the blow, but managed to pick himself up moments later much to the relief of his team-mates as well as the Australian team management. Smith was later seen being given new batting tips by former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Rod Marsh, who currently serves as the chief selector, in the presence of head coach and former Australian southpaw Darren Lehmann. Smith will hope to find form when his side takes on India in their first-ever bilateral ODI series, which will also be Smith’s first full series against India as captain. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Perth

Australia are favourites ahead of their first ODI at the WACA Ground, mainly due to the string of stellar performances that they have put up in recent months, as well as the fact that they are playing in their backyard. The current world champions though, have taken a severe beating in their pace department following the retirement of Mitchell Johnson, as well as the injury of pace spearhead Mitchell Starc that has now put his participation in the upcoming ICC World T20 in India in jeopardy. PREVIEW: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Perth

India, on the other hand, will seek inspiration from their unbeaten run throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, bowling all of their oppositions out with smart tactics until they were taken apart by Australia in the semi-final. The Indians will take heart in the fact that several members of their squad had toured Australia last year, making them pretty familiar with the conditions.

 

 

 

India and Australia have faced each other on 118 occasions, with the ‘Men in Blue’ winning 40 and losing 68 respectively. India failed to beat Australia even once the last time they toured Australia, which was in 2014-15, where they lost the Test series 0-2, and remaining winless in the traingular series that followed.