India and Australia will renew their rivalry with a one-off T20 International in Rajkot, with as many as five of the visiting team having played in the final of the Champions League Twenty20.
The two sides have shared a bitter cricketing relationship and while India blanked the Aussies 4-0 in a Test series earlier this year, Australia had come out on top against the ODI world champions back in 2012 in the World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka when Shane Watson and David Warner blazed away to bat India out of the tournament. Since then, a lot of water has passed under the bridge; while Warner is not part of the touring side, Watson gave up his vice-captaincy after being sacked from a Test match in India over the 'homework scandal'.
India, meanwhile, have grown stronger, with some young guns replacing the old order and an astute skipper getting shrewder with time. Australia have a lot of work to do and even though, most of the limited overs squad here were not part of the Ashes horror in England, a good performance in India should lift team morale before their colleagues face England in Brisbane for the first Test next month.