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Indian selectors to meet on Feb 15 to pick squad for Australia series; focus on workload management

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Two World Cup wins in 44 years, yet the flame carried in the hearts and minds of savants in burns. As a top tier team, once again is in search of the

management of the stars will be on top of the mind when the selectors meet in on Friday to pick the squad for the white ball series against

The Indian team is set to play two T20Is and five ODIs against the Aussies in what is set to be the last set of international games that the boys get before going into in England, starting on May 30. The only practice they will get after this is in the

The will look at keeping the right balance as they would not only wish to give the senior guys ample rest before going into the showpiece event, but also wouldn't want to give the Australians the upper hand in what will be the last series before has been playing incessantly overseas and the fast wolf pack has had no real rest.

sources said: "management of the senior players will definitely be the main area of discussion as we all know that the Indians have been on the road and the selectors and team management have made a conscious effort to ensure that the players get ample rest between games and series. Like you saw, was rested for the back end of the series. You might see rested for some games here.

"But it is also important to note that the Indians would want to keep the foot on the pedal and ensure that they don't give the Australians any momentum going into A good series against India would mean a confidence booster for the team. So, there has to be a balance so that the composition of the team is not affected," he explained.

While Rishabh Pant is almost certain to get more game time, it will be interesting to see if someone like Ajinkya Rahane gets one last go to seal a place in squad. In the department too, Jasprit Bumrah is almost certain to make a comeback after a well-earned rest during the series.

In fact, has already made it clear that players will be monitored even during the IPL.

"We've been in touch with the and CoA in this regard. We have certain plans in place and we'll be looking to follow them. Usually, the two months of IPL are seen as relatively free months for me and I can just sit down and enjoy the cricket, watch out for new, young talents that keep emerging. But this IPL will be about monitoring the players, keeping the World Cup in mind," he said in a recent interview.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 13:44 IST
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