Melbourne: Well aware of the massive challenge that awaits them in the upcoming limited overs series in India, Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin said his team will have to guard against the fear of losing in the rubber that would determine the No.1 spot in ODIs.
“We have to adapt to the Indian conditions and make sure that we are not scared to lose. If we go with that attitude, we will be a very hard team to beat,” Haddin said before boarding the flight to India on Saturday.
Australia, still smarting from the Ashes debacle, are scheduled to play a Twenty20 match and seven ODIs in the series that starts from October 10 in Rajkot.
“This series is massive for us. We have the opportunity to be No.1 in the world and that’s important to us.
“India have just come off an outstanding series in winning the last Champions Trophy,” said Haddin.
“From our point of view, there is no bigger test and the desire at the end of it is not only to win the series, but also become the No.1 one-day team in the world,” he added.
Currently, India are at the top in ICC ODI team rankings with 123 points, while Australia are second with 115. If Australia manage to beat India comprehensively, they will become the top-ranked team, while the hosts will retain their position at No.1 if they are able to win the series. George Bailey, who will lead the Australians in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke, is also looking forward to the challenge.
“I love touring India because of the challenge of playing cricket in those conditions.” (PTI)