There is always an air of uncertainty and riskiness when a team tours Down Under.
For the Australians, it is only winning that matters and nothing else. Any team that travels there are welcomed with a can of surprises to test their nerves.
The Indian team is set to play Australia in a limited-overs series comprising five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s. And the Aussies are already prepared to unleash two new fast bowlers on India.
Australia on Monday included uncapped fast bowlers Scott Boland and Joel Paris in their 13-man squad for the first three ODIs.
Paris has played just two first-class matches but with pacers like Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and Pat Cummins not in the squad, Australia will like to surprise India with their new fast-bowling hope in the series starting from January 12.
Australia have also left out their leading spinner Nathan Lyon and allrounder Shane Watson from the squad.
Starc and Cummins are injured, Mitchell Johnson has retired and Josh Hazlewood is the only fast bowler left in the team from the pace attack that took Australia to World Cup glory. James Pattinson and Siddle were also left out and by not naming any specialist spinner for the first three matches that will be played in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, the Aussies have made it clear that that they are going to capitalise on the Indian batsmen’s difficulty in dealing with the pace and bounce.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is also out with a shoulder injury and it makes the Australian pace attack less fierce and with that in mind the selectors have decided to introduce the fresh crop of fast bowlers to their national squad.
Boland has been in and around the Australian set-up since Johnson’s retirement but this is first time Paris has been called up for the national squad and Indian players don’t know anything about him.
Paris is currently playing in the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers and has been impressive with his pace and squad. “Joel is an exciting young left-arm bowler who swings the ball well and has bowled beautifully in the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers. He has had very good figures in short-form cricket and we really want him to make the most of this opportunity,” said Cricket Australia selection chairman Rod Marsh after the announcement of the squad.
“Joel is an exciting young left-arm bowler who swings the ball well and has bowled beautifully in the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers,” national selector Rod Marsh said of Paris’ inclusion. “He has had very good figures in short-form cricket and we really want him to make the most of this opportunity.”
The West Australian may not be known outside of the most fervent cricketing circles, but the 23-year-old made his List A debut for the Western Warriors in January 2013. and since then he has played 13 List A one-dayers and has taken 24 wickets at an impressive average of 17.79.
In his two first-class matches Sheffield Shield season, Paris has taken 14 wickets at 16.85. If Australia skipper Steven Smith decides to rest Josh Hazlewood, India must be ready to take on the new faces in Paris, Boland and Kane Richardson.