Australia have made a spate of changes to their squad for the remaining two games of the ongoing three-match T20I series against India. The hosts are trailing the series after losing the first game by 11 runs on Friday. The second match of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday (December 6).
Coming to the changes, Australia have recalled Nathan Lyon for the last two T20Is to bolster their spin department. The veteran off-spinner has not played in the shortest format of the game since October 2018. He will be the third specialist spinner in the squad along with Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson.
Australia have also decided to keep Swepson in their squad for the remainder of the series. The leg-spinner was originally not a part of the squad but was brought in just before the first T20I as an injury replacement for Ashton Agar. The left-arm spinner suffered a calf strain during the third ODI and was ruled out of the T20 series.
Swepson was meant to be playing for Australia A in a three-day red-ball match against India A at Drummoyne Oval. However, the hosts have decided to keep him in the squad. In another change, Australia have released Cameron Green for the upcoming game against India A.
India take the lead:
Talking about the first T20I, India won the game by 11 runs. Asked to bat first, the visitors posted 161 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. KL Rahul scored 51 while Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial knock of unbeaten 44 from 23 balls. In reply, Australia ended their innings on 150 for 7.
For India, Yuzvendra Chahal, who was brought in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja, starred with the ball. The leg-spinner took 3 for 25. Debutant T Natarajan also impressed and picked up three wickets.