Australia face a must-win situation heading into the third T20I in Guwahati on November 28, Tuesday. They lost the first two games and are staring down the barrel of a T20I series defeat.
The Aussies won the World Cup and are yet not over their hangover heading into a brand new T20I series. Matthew Head is leading a side with the senior players rested. Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa are the five players who are part of the T20I squad who played in the final. Aaron Hardie has been named as David Warner’s replacement who pulled out of the T20I series.
Despite the absence of the senior players, the Australian t20I side looked like a competitive unit before the start of the series. However, the Indian players have totally dominated in the first two games. In the previous game, India racked up 235 against the Aussies and they were bowled out for 191.
With the series on the line and the conditions in Guwahati, a few chances might be on the cards. The venue is expected to be a batting-friendly wicket with another high-scoring contest on the cards.
Australia Playing 11 vs India – 3rd T20I, 2023
Head did not play the first two games and should come back into the playing XI in the third T20I with Australia facing a must-win situation. The southpaw scored a match-winning 137 in the World Cup final last week.
Short might be Head’s opening partner despite scoring less runs in the first two games. He is also a bowling option which is why he might be chosen over Steve Smith.
Inglish should bat at three. he scored a century in the first T20I and was dismissed for just two in the second T20I. The right-hander should bat with the same attacking intent.
Glenn Maxwell will bat at four. He scored 12 off 8 balls in the second T20I and went for 38 off his two overs. The third T20I will be his 100th T20I game for Australia.
Stoinis will slot in at five. He played a brilliant knock of 45 in a losing cause in the second T20I. He is a specialist all-rounder in the side.
David will bat at six. The hard-hitter scored 37 off 22 balls and was adding a potential match-winning partnership. However, he was dismissed that brought India back in the game.
Matthew Wade (C/WK)
Wade will bat at seven and lead the side. He scored an unbeaten 43 off 23 balls in a losing cause. Overall, he averages 57.28 against India scoring over 400 runs with a best score of 80.
Abbot will slot in at eight. He is a hard–hitter down the order as well and bowls good overs in T20Is. However, he had a tough game in the last match.
Nathan Ellis will be one of the three specialist bowlers. He took 3 / 45 in the second T20I and bowled good change-ups at the death. Ellis has picked dup 21 wickets in 10 matches so far.
Australia might reconsider bringing back the left-arm bowler in place of the young spinner. Indian batters have had problems facing left-armers in the past. He did not play in the second T20I.
Zampa concludes the likely XI for Australia for the third T20I. He recently took 23 wickets in the World Cup. The leggie went wicketless in the previous game. He needs to have a good game for his side.