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12:00 AM, November 27, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:59 AM, November 27, 2020

India tour gets underway today

The plans for India's tour of Australia have been ripped up and redrawn dozens of times over the last eight months but the action finally gets underway with the first one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on today.

It was at the same venerable ground on March 13 that Australia last hosted international men's cricket, with the hosts beating New Zealand by 71 runs to snap a five-match losing streak in one-dayers.

The 48,000 seats were empty that day as the Covid-19 pandemic began to bite but Australia's relative success at containing the virus means up to half of them will be occupied on Friday.

India's squad will be raring to go after coming out of two weeks of quarantine, while Australia's players will be reunited after preparing in two separate groups to satisfy biosecurity protocols.

Virat Kohli's tourists are the second ranked ODI side in the world and will be looking to get into their groove in the three 50-over and three Twenty20 matches that precede the four-match test series around the new year.

"It's important to start well in the white-ball series," India vice-captain KL Rahul said. "We are playing for the country after a while. We enjoy coming here and playing hard cricket."

Skipper Kohli will return home after the first Test to attend the birth of his first child.

Finch said he thought the unusual preparations would not have an impact on the Australian players, who will stand in a circle barefoot to recognise the country's indigenous people before the match.

"I think everyone's on the same page in terms of how we want to play one-day cricket and build up some really good momentum," he told reporters on Thursday.

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