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Australia plan to attack India's Yadav

Australia will look to target talented young wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in their first one-day international against India in Chennai.

Australia plan to attack India's Yadav

Australia will look to target talented young wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in their first one-day international against India in Chennai.

Australia have enlisted the help of a little-known Indian spinner to try to combat the threat of Kuldeep Yadav in their series-opening one-day international clash in Chennai.

The visitors have turned to KK Jiyas, 25, a left-arm wrist spinner who was contracted to IPL side Delhi Daredevils in 2015 but never played a match.


On the advice of team consultant Sridharan Sriram, the Australians have been facing Jiyas in the nets in the lead up to Sunday's clash with India, the first of the five-match series.

Yadav, 22, caused the Aussies headaches earlier in the year, taking 4-68 on debut in the fourth Test in Dharamsala.

Skipper Steve Smith said the plan would be to get after Yadav early in his spell to put pressure on the talented youngster.

"He can be difficult to pick at times," he said.

Smith is remaining tight-lipped about selection, insisting a final assessment will be made on match day

"We've got a few different options and we'll go with whatever we think is best for each of the conditions," he said.

Both sides have lost damaging open batsman, with Aaron Finch withdrawing with a calf injury while India star Shikhar Dhawan was granted leave to be with his sick wife and .

Allrounder Hilton Cartwright could open for Australia with Travis Head expected to bat No.4.

Ajinkya Rahane is likely to replace Dhawan at the top of the order for the hosts.

The looming decision for Australian selectors is whether to opt for spin or pace among the allrounders.

Ashton Agar's left-arm tweakers yielded 4-44 in a warm up match against the Indian Board President's XI.

James Faulkner would bolster their seem stocks with his ability to take the pace off the ball in the middle overs.

"It's difficult to say how its going to play at the moment," Smith said of the pitch.

"It's probably still a little bit soft. I'd say it will Harden up pretty quick."

While bat dominated ball in the last Australia-India ODI series on the subcontinent in 2013, Smith isn't about declare a repeat.

"It was a run fest (last time) -- 350 was around par I think," Smith said.

"If the wickets are the same then you need someone to go on and make a really big score."

AAP


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