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India vs Australia: Trying to be Fit For ODIs, Says Hardik Pandya

Cricketnext Staff |November 21, 2018, 4:10 PM IST
India vs Australia: Trying to be Fit For ODIs, Says Hardik Pandya

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has said he's eyeing a comeback to the side for the One-Day International leg of the tour of Australia. Pandya has been sidelined from action due to a lower back injury he suffered while bowling in an Asia Cup game against Pakistan in September.

"I'm trying hard to be fit for the ODI series against Australia to start in January 2019," he told TOI. "To get back to full fitness, I'm going through rigorous bowling sessions in Mumbai. I have just started bowling after 60 days. Once I bowl a few overs in the ODIs, I think I should be on the right track."

While the squad for the Australia ODIs is yet to be announced, Pandya was left out of the team for the T20Is and the Tests. He was, however, picked in the India A squad for the three one-dayers against New Zealand A in December. If he proves his fitness, he is likely to return to the Indian side for the three ODIs against Australia starting from January 12.

Hardik's absence helped his elder brother Krunal Pandya earn a debut for India in the T20Is against Windies. Krunal is also a part of the T20I touring party in Australia, where Hardik made his international debut in 2016.

"I'm very happy to see Krunal representing the country Down Under," he said. "We are a formidable side and we should give a good fight to Australia who I believe are very strong in their own backyard. I am hoping for an exciting series."

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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