Earlier this year when Australia toured India for a three-match bilateral ODI series, the visitors emerged victors after going 1-0 down. It was the first time India had lost an ODI series at home since – checks notes – 2019, when the Aaron Finch-captained Aussie side bounced back after losing first two games in the five-match series. But with the five-time world champions having lost the recent series in South Africa and India fielding a team without multiple players who helped them win the Asia Cup, there’s a different narrative to their upcoming meetings across three 50-over games.
With seven of the 12 World Cups between them, the two are seen as favorites for going all the way in the 13th edition of the tournament starting next month on these shores. With such stakes on the line, The Indian Express deciphers the top storylines to watch out for in the upcoming series: