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Cricket: Five things we learnt from Australia v India

Australia’s Cricket World Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start as they suffered a six-wicket defeat against host nation India in their first game.

There is no shame in losing to India, who are the hot fancies at 2.50, to win the World Cup on home soil, but Australia will be disappointed nonetheless.

It is still very early days and Australia will look to bounce back in their next game against South Africa on Thursday.

Australia can be backed at 6.50 to go on and win the World Cup, but there are a number of things they will need to put right if they are to do it.

Here are five things we learnt from the opening defeat against India.

Aussie batsmen struggle with spin

A massive concern for Australia was the way some of their leading batsman struggled to cope with India’s three-pronged spin attack.

Australia were all out for 199 runs and that was down to the fact they could not cope with the India spin bowlers.

Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav were ruthless for India, with Jadeja the main man when taking 3-28 off his 10 overs.

He took the wickets of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey in quick succession and Australia could not bounce back.

Lack of spin options for Aussies

Spin was again the issue when it came to Australia’s bowling attack as Adam Zampa could not repeat what India’s spin attack produced.

He failed to take a wicket during his eight overs, and the India batsmen also cashed in when smashing 53 runs off his bowling.

Glenn Maxwell was not as expensive when going for just 33 runs, but he also failed to take a wicket.

Spin bowling could determine who wins this World Cup, and Australia’s performance in the opening match may set one ore two alarm bells ringing.

Agar was badly missed

Australia’s cause was not helped by the fact another spinner, Ashton Agar, missed the match through injury.

Agar, who stars in the T20 format of the game, has not enjoyed as much success in ODI’s but he is still an experienced spinner.

He can perform well for longer spells, more so than a part-time spin option like Maxwell. Australia will be hoping Agar returns to fitness ASAP.

Aussie quicks shine

Australia may have struggled with spin bowling but that certainly wasn’t the case with their pace attack.

Josh Hazlewood, Michell Starc and Pat Cummins ripped into India’s top order with Hazlewood taking three wickets and Starc taking one.

It proves that Australia have arguably the most fearsome pace attack at the World Cup, but they will need the support of the spinners if they are to go all the way.

Warner remains in good touch

Despite being bowled out for 199, there were some positives from the batting performance.

In particular from David Warner, who remains in good touch with 41 runs, before being caught and bowled by Kuldeep Yadav.

Steve Smith also made 46 but both batsmen will be disappointed that they could not kick on and make the big scores that were needed. But there were positive signs nonetheless.

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