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Cricket fans are bemused by the prospect of Australia remaining in India to play a five-match T20 series after the World Cup but stand-in skipper Matthew Wade is adamant the fixtures will have significant meaning.

An under-strength Australian side will match up against a similarly weakened India line-up at Visakhapatnam on Friday in the first of five games.

For each team, they are five of only 11 scheduled T20 internationals planned between now and the World Cup in the Caribbean and US in June.

Time is running out for selectors to settle on their squad and this series is a chance for fringe players to put their name forward while Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner and Cameron Green are resting back home.

Wade was a left-field choice to captain the team with Marsh unavailable after leading the white-ball squads on the recent tour of South Africa and he is determined to make the most of this last chance to play international cricket.

World Cup final player of the match Travis Head is unlikely to suit up for game one of this series but Wade said the swashbuckling opener would get some game time in before returning home to prepare for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

“We will have a chat with him and see how he is feeling. There won’t be any pressure from us for him to play the first T20I, but he will definitely feature throughout the series,” Wade said.

“The T20 World Cup is not that far away and I think we have got 10 or 11 games before the battle kicks off again. Whether it’s tomorrow or throughout the series, you will see Travis play.

“With the World Cup not too far away, every game is important.”

Wade said the rest of the squad was physically fit but the likes of Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and Steve Smith may need a mental freshen-up before playing again.

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