International white ball cricket takes centre stage from Tuesday with the first of the five ODIs between Australia and the third touring team to tour downunder this summer, India.
The Australians field a new look pace attack with newcomers Joel Paris and Scott Boland in for the first time – plus Kane Richardson returns for his first games since 2014.
James Pattinson is being rested with the New Zealand tour just four weeks away.
I was amazed the selectors didn’t name the in-form white-ball batsman in the country Chris Lynn who has played with the authority of an AB De Villiers in the Big Bash all holiday season.
Matty Wade will keep wickets in what promises to be the most competitive matchplay of the summer so far after NZ’s slow start and the total failure of the West Indians to compete.
They were saved from a 3-0 whitewash by the Sydney rains. Only two or three of the tourists emerged with their reputations enhanced: captain Jason Holder, No 3 batsman Darren Bravo and first-series allrounder Carlos Brathwaite. Young leg-spinner Dev Bishoo (pictured) was injured and would have played in the third Test had he had an extra week in which to recuperate. He visited our Bookstall at the SCG and enjoyed reading our magazine, Pavilion, which I edit on behalf of the Australian Cricket Society.