Bengaluru: Former captain Ricky Ponting has made his prediction for the three-ODI series between India and Australia. The opening contest is in Mumbai tomorrow (January 14).

On Sunday (January 12), Ponting took questions from Twitter users. When he was asked about his prediction for the contests between the Virat Kohli-led side and Aaron Finch-captained team, Pointing backed his country’s outfit to claim the trophy.

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“Australia will be full of confidence after an excellent World Cup (2019) and a great summer of Test cricket but India will be keen to redeem themselves from the last ODI series loss against Australia. Prediction: 2-1 Australia (sic),” Ponting tweeted in response to a Twitter user when asked about his prediction.

In the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings, India are second and Australia fourth. Both teams had reached the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals. While India lost to New Zealand, Australia lost to eventual champions and hosts England.

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Ponting was also asked about Australia’s new Test star Marnus Labuschagne. The middle-order batsman is set to make his ODI debut in India after enjoying a great run of form in the five-day format.

“I think he'll do a great job for Australia in the middle order. He's a very good player of spin, a very good runner between the wickets, gun in the field and can bowl some handy leg spin so the overall package is very appealing,” Ponting said on Labuschagne.

Squads

India

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), KL Rahul, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav.

Australia

Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

ODI series schedule (All matches start at 1.30 pm IST)

January 14 (Tuesday): 1st ODI, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

January 17 (Friday): 2nd ODI, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

January 19 (Sunday): 3rd ODI, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru