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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs India on January 12, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs India on January 12 After winning a Test series for the first time ever in Australia, Virat Kohli and Co. will now want to end this successful tour on a winning note. Kicking off the first ODI, India will face Australia on Saturday, January 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. With the Cricket World Cup only a few months away, teams will be focused on preparing for the tournament and will treat every game as a warm-up. For Australia, it’s all about redemption. After having probably one of the worst years in recent times, the hosts will look to bounce back in time before they start their World Cup defence. On the other hand, India have been on a roll, after winning the Asia Cup and the home series against West Indies, they did what once was thought impossible in Australia in the Test series format. Although the format is different, the team will look to bounce off this momentum and finish the tour on a high. Best economical pick – Although Australia have struggled of late, almost all the rare bright spots include Marcus Stoinis and his all-round ability to change a match. Stoinis has been brilliant both with the bat and ball and will be a key member of the Australia side. Top captains & vice captains – After a phenomenal 2018, Virat Kohli will look to continue his good form. The Indian captain has played 23 One Day Internationals in Australia and scored 1001 runs at an average of 50.05. He has struck four hundreds and four fifties. Rohit Sharma is arguably the best opening batsman in One Day Internationals at the moment and key to India's success. The 31-year-old has scored 1030 runs in ODIs during the past 12 months. Rohit Sharma is also the second highest run-getter in this format in 2018. Smart pick – If there’s a player in the Indian cricket team that could get a little more credit for his performances, it would be undoubtedly Ambati Rayudu. After having a brilliant Indian Premier League season with Chennai Super Kings, Rayudu broke into the ODI squad during the Asia Cup in September. He had a brilliant run of form, even scoring a century against West Indies in Mumbai. Rayudu could solve India’s middle-order trouble for the World Cup and this series could be the perfect litmus test. Cautious Pick – This probably could be his last trip to Australia. MS Dhoni has had a difficult 2018 with the bat and was even dropped from the T20I squad last year. Dhoni’s exploits with the bat aren’t great on Australian soil. The 37-year-old has played 32 ODIs in Australia and scored 860 runs. My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Ambati Rayudu, Marcus Stoinis, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Peter Siddle, Alex Carey, Shikhar Dhawan, Shaun Marsh, Kedar Jadhav
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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips South Africa vs Pakistan on January 11, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips South Africa vs Pakistan on January 11 Despite being without suspended captain Faf du Plessis, South Africa will be pushing for a clean sweep when they play Pakistan in the third and final Test. Pakistan's batting has been inadequate against South Africa's fast bowling, although Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam have all played useful innings. The bowlers, too, were disappointing at Newlands, so it seems likely there will be changes. But the options for the tourists are limited. Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf could both come into consideration as all-rounders after Pakistan's four specialist bowlers were worn down during South Africa's first innings of 431 at Newlands. Best economical pick – No one can deny that South Africa are a much better team when they have Dale Steyn leading the attack. One of the finest bowlers of the generation, Dale Steyn is still very much a feared bowler for the batsmen. With conditions favoring him, Steyn will be looking to create all sorts of problems for the Pakistani batsmen and can get you a lot of points. Top captains & vice captains – Dean Elgar is known for his steely resolve and determination with the bat which enables him to accumulate tough runs on vicious wickets. He will want to adopt those very qualities into his captaincy. He's captained South Africa just once before, falling to a big defeat against England in 2017. He will want to make amends this time. In absence of du Plessis, his role with the bat at the top of the order becomes that much more crucial as well. Babar Azam and Shan Masood have been great with the bat, but it was only when Asad Shafiq too stepped up to the party that the visitors were able to post a respectable total. The experienced batsman has all the makings of a solid Test player but has fallen prey to inconsistency. If he can dig deep and produce a big score again, it will go a long way in Pakistan's quest to stave off a whitewash. Smart pick – Babar Azam has had a decent start in this series so far. In the two matches he has played so far, he has scored two half centuries and is an in-form batsman. Although the pressure will be on him to deliver, Babar is a calm and composed batsman and will be relishing this opportunity. Picking Babar is a risk, but if he is to do well, it’s a risk that can get you a lot of points. Cautions Pick – Fakhar Zaman could make way for Mohammad Rizwan in the middle order after scoring just 32 runs with an ordinary average of just 8 in two test matches. It will be a big risk if you pick Fakhar Zaman in your fantasy team. My XI – Dean Elgar (Captain), Asad Shafiq (Vice-Captain), Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Babar Azam, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Mohammad Aamir, Vernon Philander, Shan Masood
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Critical Updates
  • Joe Root

    Playing XI : May be

    Analysis : Joe Root struggled in the first innings as he scored just 4. However, he looked in decent touch in the second innings as he made 48 and bailed England out of early trouble in the 4th test.

  • Usman Khawaja

    Playing XI : May be

    Analysis : Usman Khawaja was the lone ranger for Australia in the second innings of second test where he held one end and wickets kept failing in the other end. He played a superb knock of 75 runs in that innings. Then failed to score in 3rd test.

  • Aaron Finch

    Playing XI : May be

    Analysis : Aaron Finch has been in the form of his life in the past few months. Finch has performed and proved himself as a captain before, and he might well be the biggest threat to Virat Kohli's men. His wicket in the top order will be really crucial for the Indian bowlers, since he can score big runs against any opposition once he gets set.

  • Aaron Finch

    Playing XI : Definitely

    Analysis : Aaron Finch has been in the form of his life in the past few months. Finch has performed and proved himself as a captain before, and he might well be the biggest threat to Virat Kohli's men. His wicket in the top order will be really crucial for the Indian bowlers, since he can score big runs against any opposition once he gets set.

  • Adam Zampa

    Playing XI : May be

    Analysis : Since debut, Zampa performed well enough to maintain his place in the team. Especially in T20s, he emerged as an economical wicket-taker. He went for few runs in the series against South Africa, but he is the lonely spinner in this Australian squad, so his place in the Playing Xi is fixed.