India, Jan. 13 -- In these times of lopsided contests, the India-Australia one-day series comes as a breath of fresh air. While it is satisfying to watch your team dominate, there is nothing to match a solid, quality contest. It is difficult to attach context to this series as the focus is mainly on the build-up to the Twenty20 World Cup. But no one is complaining-India versus Australia is a big draw anytime.

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That the visitors are at full strength has raised expectations of an exciting, all-out battle. Australia won a pulsating series 3-2 the last time they visited, in March last year. But David Warner and Steve Smith are back in the squad, and to add s...