"The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward". The all-rounder has had a middling Ranji Trophy season so far but made a case for himself with eye-catching numbers during India A's tour to New Zealand in December 2018.
Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav could trouble the Aussie batsmen.
But Australia took 80 runs off the final seven overs as Stoinis and Handscomb delivered what proved to be a winning score.
It got worse for India when Kohli was caught at square leg off Richardson for three and two balls later Ambati Rayudu was trapped leg before wicket by Richardson after a review for a two-ball duck, leaving India rocking at four for three. In this interim, Rayudu scored 392 runs in 11 ODIs in the Asia Cup and against West Indies at average 56 including a hundred and three half-centuries. The legal team also pointed out that CEO Rahul Johri's initial show-cause notices to Pandya and Rahul had not included specific rules under which the pair could be charged subject to an inquiry.
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But there were no sizeable contributions from the middle, and only Manish Pandey's fighting hundred in the final ODI had saved India from a 5-0 scoreline.
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Their 50-stand came off 82 balls, while they took India past 100 in the 26th over even as Australia started to feel the pressure. The next game in the three-match series is a day-night contest in Adelaide on Tuesday.
There has been some controversy around their selections for this series as Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short and Travis Head have all been dropped with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Peter Siddle and Peter Handscombe coming into the squad which many view as a backward and negative step.
Khawaja scored 59 during his first ODI in nearly two years, fellow recalled batsman Handscomb top-scored with 73 while Marcus Stoinis smacked an unbeaten 47 off 43 balls. These returns were comfortably his lowest in any year since his ODI debut in December 2004.
Debutant Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, both called up in the absence of rested guns Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, quickly reduced India to 3-4.