Ahead of starting of the upcoming series against Australia, team India pacer Mohammed Shami has revealed a 'master plan' of 'men in blue' to play against kangaroos they take on Australia in the five-match series beginning September 17.
"Australia are a tough side. We can't afford to take them lightly. We have got plans for them which I cannot reveal," Shami told reporters.
India and Australia are both on 117 points with the Steve Smith-led side ahead on decimal points. A win for either side by a margin of 4-1 or better will see it move to number one position.
"They are world class batsmen. We have plans for them too. It won't be easy against players of that calibre. The Aussies are a much stronger side than before. But we will focus on our strengths," the 27-year-old said.
Shami also said: "It's a good thing. If key players are rested in a while, they get to stretch their legs as well."
Here is the complete schedule of India vs Australia limited overs series:
India v Australia series scenarios:
• India beats Australia 5-0 - India 122, Australia 113
• India beats Australia 4-1 - India 120, Australia 114
• India beats Australia 3-2 - India 118, Australia 116
• Australia beats India 3-2 - Australia 118, India 116
• Australia beats India 4-1 - Australia 120, India 114
• Australia beats India 5-0 - Australia 122, India 112
Schedule for ODI series:
September 17: First ODI, Chennai
September 21: Second ODI, Kolkata
September 24: Third ODI, Indore
September 28: Fourth ODI, Bangalore
October 1: Fifth ODI, Nagpur
The team for first three ODIs against Australia is as follows:
India squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhone, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvender Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Australia squad for first three ODIs: Steve Smith, David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.