Rohit Sharma says nobody’s guaranteed a ticket to England

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India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma has pointed to history to back his argument his ODI team won't have it easy against an Australian side missing their three premier paceman.

The "red ball boys" are still savouring the sweet aftertaste of a maiden Test series win in Australia but for the "white ball specialists", including veteran MS Dhoni, it was business as usual as they hit the straps at SCG on Wednesday.

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Rohit said, 'Over the years we've seen the kind of presence he has in dressing room and on field. "It's also a bit of a help to the captain (Virat Kohli), also going down the batting order and that finishing touch is very important", added the 31-year-old.

"Nobody is guaranteed that (World Cup) flight to England as yet. He is like a guiding light around the group", he said.

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At the presser, Rohit spoke about MS Dhoni and his importance in the current mix and what could the team composition look like when the big World Cup arrives. Him being around the team is always helpful. "There will be one or two changes, keeping in mind the form and injury concerns over the next few months", Rohit said ahead of India's first ODI against Australia at Sydney on Saturday. "I think they have done that in the last series we have played, in the Asia Cup, and also against the West Indies in India", he added.

"With him (Dhoni) being around, there is calmness around the group". For him, the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand are very important, as he needs to assert his position as the terrific player that he is. His calmness, his advice is very important.

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The Baroda all-rounder is making his comeback to the ODI squad after his injury in the Asia Cup in August a year ago. "Chahal and Kuldeep are both doing really well so somebody like Dhoni standing behind the stumps and helping those guys about what the batsman is trying to do, it makes a huge difference I think". He's guided these two guys in the middle overs, how to keep things tight, field placements.

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