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Bowlers battling as Australia and India prepare for runfest at Manuka Oval

India team director Ravi Shastri believes a par score in one-day cricket could eventually be as many as 340 in good batting conditions, with Australia star David Warner labelling 300 totals "the new 250".

Australia has successfully chased down 309, 308 and 295 in the first three matches of the five-game series to lead 3-0 before Wednesday's fourth clash at Canberra's Manuka Oval. 

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It has created confusion over how many the team that bats first should be targeting on a deck that has traditionally served up run-fests. 

One thing is for certain - India's struggling bowlers must lift or they with face another long day, particularly with Warner slotting back into the top order. 

Aaron Finch in the Manuka Oval nets.
Aaron Finch in the Manuka Oval nets. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Australia has defended identical totals of 329 when batting first in the two most recent one-day internationals at Manuka.  

"With the amount of Twenty20 cricket with batsmen taking more chances, you will see big scores being chased down," Shastri said. 

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"In good conditions there could be a time where you set the bar at 330-340, you never know."

Shastri said the lean tour had been a "huge learning curve" for his bowlers, and hopes they will take those lessons on board for the last two one dayers, and the Twenty20 series. 

Glenn Maxwell hits one over the fence during a recent 50-over game at the MCG.
Glenn Maxwell hits one over the fence during a recent 50-over game at the MCG. Photo: Getty Images

"It's a huge learning curve, there's absolutely no shame in the way they played in spite of the results," Shastri said.

"After this series I'm sure the bowlers will learn and we will go places. We could have pulled one back, especially in Melbourne, but it didn't happen and Australia played well.

Ishant Sharma will hope the Manuka Oval pitch offers something to the bowlers.
Ishant Sharma will hope the Manuka Oval pitch offers something to the bowlers. Photo: Getty Images

"What we want to see is the bowlers learning from what happened the first two games, and if that happens it will be the biggest plus.

"It's a young side, we've had three debutants and been plagued by injuries but no excuses, it's an opportunity for the youngsters to learn.

Umesh Yadav has struggled to get on top of the Australia bastsmen.
Umesh Yadav has struggled to get on top of the Australia bastsmen. Photo: Getty Images

"In Australia nothing comes easy, you're playing against the world champions."

The ease with which the hosts have chased down scores of about 300 the first three games is particularly alarming for India. 

The winner of the toss may well send the opposition in due to the uncertainty over what constitutes a good score, and Warner said Australia have confidence that no score is beyond them. 

"Having the momentum of chasing big totals down gives you that added confidence in yourself," he said. 

"Everyone's been saying 300 is the new 250 in one-day cricket. It's exciting, and I can't wait to see what totals everyone is capable of chasing down in the future.

"At the end of the day, so far 300 hasn't been enough and we have to stay on top of our game to keep chasing down the good totals India are posting."

Shastri said off-spinner Ravi Ashwin is a chance to return after he was left out of the third match in Melbourne on Sunday. 

"He's a seasoned campaigner, he's one of the world's best bowlers and has done fabulously well for us," Shastri said. 

"The conditions demanded we needed to look at other options, Ashwin's absolutely fine.

"For you all you know he may play tomorrow or the game after."