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The men's team's next global assignment will be the couple of warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively before they clash with South Africa on June 5 in Match 8 of the ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in the round robin format.

"Every team will look to fine-tune whatever they need to before the World Cup, and we'll keep doing that in the ODI series too, but we still want to win every match we play", Kohli said after the Bengaluru T20I loss on Wednesday, headlining his intention.

"No, I don't see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection".

IND vs AUS 1st ODI Match Preview: The Indian cricket team will continue its experiments to figure out the final pieces of a jigsaw puzzle called the "World Cup squad" when a five-match ODI series against Australia starts here on Saturday. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja. "We have seen him do that in the IPL a year ago and in patches over the last season we played as a team", the skipper said. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup.

'I don't see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players. There will be at least four players for whom the series will be like a "pre test", a good score ensuring that they get "admit cards" for the board exams. "Those things are not going to matter", Kohli said.

He added: 'We will have to think about the combinations.

We will have to work out the batting combination to try and give game-time to the guys we want to. But, I don't see the bowling combination changing too much'. "He has all the shots and has a solid game as well". Kohli hoped that Rahul carries the form forward and make it into the final squad of the World Cup.

'Definitely, he has made a strong case for himself.

Overall, since 1984, the two teams have faced each other ten time in a 2-team series, with each winning five times.

The skipper reiterated that India couldn't win the T20 global series simply because Australia were a better side. The launch event was held on March 1 in Hyderabad, on the eve of 1st ODI between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

KL Rahul had a torrid time in England in the Test matches, despite scoring a century in one of the T20I matches and helping India win the match.

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