With another daunting performance with the bat, Australia bagged the 3- match series when they beat India by 51 runs on Sunday on another belter in Sydney. The might of Australia proved too strong against a struggling for combination Indian line-up; they might as well have played the highlights of the first ODI.
The two teams will face each other on Wednesday for the third ODI in Canberra. While the series is decided, there are still 10 ICC World Cup Super League points to play for. Australia will be without the services of injured David Warner and Pat Cummins, who is rested for the third ODI. Expect changes in the host line-up.
Australia vs India, 2020: 3rd ODI, Canberra – Australia Predicted XI
After being dropped from the elven of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Aaron Finch is back into his mould as the Australian skipper has struck a century and a half-century in the two ODIs in Sydney. The 34-year-old has led the team exceptionally well in the last three years, including an ODI series victory in India last year. Finch will once again be leading from the front on Wednesday.
David Warner has been ruled out of the third ODI and the T20I series after suffering a groin injury on Sunday. In all likelihood, Matthew Wade will slot straight in for Warner. Wade has been a consistent feature in the T20 team for Australia since his return to the setup last year.
He has scored 3 fifties in his last 4 Sheffield Shield innings. The left-hander opened in the T20I against England when Warner was rested.
Once again – and for a long summer – the Indian bowlers will be up against Steve Smith. We have to wait and see if they have found any answer to the Smith juggernaut. Out of his 11 ODI hundreds, Smith has notched 5 against the men in blue. After two back-to-back tons in Sydney, Steve Smith will be gearing for the third one in Canberra.
Marnus Labuschagne has been a sensation in world cricket since being a concussion substitute for Steve Smith in the Ashes last year. He has been in thunderous form since Ashes; struck 4 Test hundreds and made his ODI debut. Marnus scored 70 off 61 on Sunday and was a perfect second fiddle, first to Smith and then to Maxwell.
Another Australian who has been amongst runs in the two ODIs after an awful IPL with the bat. After a solid base provided by the top order, Maxwell demolished all and any leftover hopes of an Indian comeback with his 45(19) and 63(29). The right-hander also provides balance with his effective off-spin.
After his brilliant show in the Big Bash League and consistent performances in domestic cricket, Moises Henriques made his return to the national team after a gap of three years. In the second ODI, he came in the eleven for the injured Marcus Stoinis.
While the right-hander got to bat just a single delivery, he did pick up an important wicket of Shreyas Iyer. Henriques did a terrific job with the ball for his 1/34 in 7 overs. He also took a stunning catch of the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who was threatening to tilt the game towards India.
Just before the IPL, Alex Carey made an outstanding match-winning hundred in a tough run chase against England. While he may not have scored runs for Delhi Capitals, but that does not warrant anything when he turns up for Australia- as already seen with three other Aussie batsmen. The left-hander scored 17 from 13 balls in the first ODI and did not bat in the second ODI.
Pat Cummins is rested from the remaining limited-overs matches in order to manage his workload as he has been playing all forms since the resumption of cricket. Australia has plenty of options to replace Cummins.
One prominent name would be that of Sean Abbott, who could make a return to the ODI team after 6 long years. Abbott played just a solitary ODI in 2014. He returned to the T20I team last year against Pakistan. The right-hander has been in good form with ball and bat in domestic cricket. Other options would be Ashton Agar – if Australia wants a spin bowling all-rounder – along with Andrew Tye and Danie Sams.
Mitchell Starc is facing the heat for his figures of 1/65 and 0/82 in the ODI series, where other Aussie bowlers have been amongst wickets. This could be attributed to the lack of high-level cricket before the series, as he wasn’t part of the IPL. However, Starc is too good a player to put up figures like these, and he will be looking to be back at his lethal best.
Adam Zampa has picked 6 wickets in the two matches so far and will be expected to take more. He has an inspiring record against India. In 15 ODIs, the leg-spinner has taken 26 wickets while bowling to the men in blue. Zampa scalped 10 wickets in the 3 ODIs in England.
In the 9 ODIs this year, Josh Hazlewood has shown why the Australian selectors made a huge mistake by not picking him for the World Cup last year. He has taken 15 wickets in 9 matches this year at an economy of 4.82. In the ongoing series, the pacer has picked 5 wickets, including twice that of the Indian captain, Virat Kohli.