Perth - Australia's upcoming one-day
campaign against India should be as feisty as ever, coach Darren Lehmann said
on Friday, adding the dynamic would be a good challenge for his young squad.
Asked about the mood of the five-match ODI
series, which gets under way at Perth's WACA ground on Tuesday, Lehmann said he
expected it would be "the same" as previous ones.
"They (India) are playing an
aggressive brand of cricket as well so I don't see that changing over the next
five games," he told reporters in Perth.
"India play the same way, so it's
going to be an exciting series."
Matches in the past have seen tempers
flare, with umpires intervening in Adelaide in 2014 as players exchanged terse
words and pointed fingers at each other.
The Perth game will be the first time
top-ranked Australia have faced India since beating them in the semi-final of
the ICC Cricket World Cup in Sydney last March.
Lehmann said he was sure his 13-man squad
- including uncapped fast bowlers Scott Boland and Joel Paris - would handle
the situation well given their experience with big crowds and the pressures of
domestic T20 cricket.
"So they'll be used to that now, which
is a good thing for us," he said.
"International cricket is another step
up for them, but I'm sure they'll handle it well. It will be a good challenge
Lehmann said he was hoping for "a
good, fast, bouncy track" in Perth ahead of matches in Brisbane,
Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
"They (India) are a good one-day side,
they made the semis of the World Cup - they're a quality side," the coach
"So from our point of view, we've got
to play well and start well against them."