Australia’s World Cup winners will not be receiving a hero’s welcome upon their return thanks to a busy cricket itinerary that includes a Twenty20 series opener against India on Thursday, four days after they faced one other in the one-day final. Challenges Arise as India Series Tempers Australia’s Celebrations. For the sixth time, Australia won the ODI World Cup with a dramatic six-wicket triumph over India on Sunday in front of around 100,000 fanatical spectators in Ahmedabad.
Challenges Arise as India Series Tempers Australia’s Celebrations
Australia had never lost to India before. However, the demands of the international cricket schedule forced the celebrations to be more modest. For the five-match T20 series, seven players from the victorious ODI team will be available, including Travis Head (who amassed a century in the final), Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell. That meant the remainder of the one-day squad would make a quiet comeback.
when a result, the remaining members of the one-day team had a low-key comeback, flying home in bits and pieces, with captain Pat Cummins grinning when he landed in Australia on Wednesday. It was a far cry from some of the wild parades made famous by Australian cricket teams in the past, complete with ticker tape. India has selected an almost all new team for the series. It begins in Visakhapatnam and will end on December 3 in Bengaluru after visiting four different locations.
Suryakumar Yadav, one of just three players kept from India’s World Cup roster, will skipper the team for the first time in Rohit Sharma’s absence. In comparison to Carey, former England captain Michael Vaughan was far less diplomatic while discussing the possibility of India and Australia
“We’ve all split off our own different ways, there’s T20s coming up, some guys are on aeroplanes at the moment getting home as well,” wicket-keeper-batsman Alex Carey told reporters on arrival home in Adelaide.
He added: “It’s probably pretty odd scheduling now that you look at it, to win a World Cup and a few days later you’re playing again.”
“They should have been pulled out to allow them time to recover but importantly get back to Oz to enjoy the celebrations.”