Well aware of the massive challenge that awaits them in the upcoming ODI series in India, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin today said his team will have to guard against the fear of losing in the rubber that would decide the world number one.
"We have to adapt to the Indian conditions and make sure that we are not scared to lose. If we go with that attitude, we will be a very hard team to beat," Haddin said before boarding the flight to India today.
Australia, still smarting from the Ashes debacle earlier this year, are scheduled to play a Twenty20 match and seven ODIs in the series starting October 10 in Rajkot.
"This series is massive for us. We have the opportunity to go number one in the world and that's important to us. India has just come off an outstanding series in winning the last ICC Cup (the Champions Trophy)," said Haddin.
"From our point of view, there is no bigger test and the desire at the end of it is not only to win the series but also become the number one one-day team in the world," he added.
Currently, India is at the top in ICC ODI team rankings with 123 points while Australia is second with 115 points. If Australia manages to beat India comprehensively, they will become the new number one team while India will retain their position at the top if they are able to win the series.
George Bailey, who will lead the Australians in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke, said he is looking forward to the challenge.