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India vs Australia: Focus on Vijay Shankar at India nets

File photo of Indian cricket team. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 23, 2019, 08.53 PM (IST)

Virat Kohli-led team has displayed diligent efforts at the nets on the eve of the opening T20 International series against Australia

The seven-match series, comprising two T20I and five One-Day Internationals against an Australian side, will be India's last international assignment before the World Cup which will start from May 30 in England and Wales. 

Bowler Vijay Shankar was the main focus as he bowled full steam alongside Umesh Yadav, indicating the all-rounder will have a lot to do in both the formats. 

Shankar has been considered prominent for India's World Cup plans. 

During the limited overs series against Australia, India will look to identify the batsman to fill a middle-order spot in an otherwise settled side. 

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While Shankar has shown that he is a capable batsman, having scored 45 off 64 deliveries in a match-winning 98-run stand with Ambati Rayudu after the top-order collapse in the final ODI in New Zealand.  

India will enter the series with consistent bowling options and there is not much ambiguity in India's pace attack. 

With Jasprit Bumrah back to take charge of the pace department along with Umesh, Shankar will look to play the role of the third seamer. 

Head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun also gave special attention to India's latest wrist spinner Mayank Markande, who has earned his maiden call-up in the national squad. 

Earlier, India had a long fielding session with some unique, high-intensity drills under fielding coach R Sridhar.