The three match ODI series between India and Australia is nicely poised at 1-1 with both the teams having won a game each in the series so far. The third and final ODI of the series will be played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Australia, in the meanwhile, have announced their playing XI for the all important series decider on Friday.
Australia have made a couple of changes to their playing XI for the series decider, one of them being a forced one. Left arm pacer Jason Behrendorff has been ruled out with a sore back and will be replaced by Billy Stanlake, who will be playing his first ODI of the series.
Offspinner Nathan Lyon has surprisingly been left out of the team to make way for legspinner Adam Zampa, who will also be making first appearance in the series. Lyon has been dropped from the side after a poor display in the first two ODIs in which he went for 59 and 50 runs respectively without picking up a single wicket.
Adam Zampa’s leg spin will provide the hosts with a bit of variety in their bowling attack. His variations might make it difficult for the Indian batsmen to score runs against him given the big square boundaries at the MCG. Veteran pacer Peter Siddle retained his place in the playing XI despite having conceded 58 runs in 8 overs without picking up a single wicket.
The series currently is leveled at 1-1 and the winner of the third tie will decide the winner. A victory for the hosts would provide them their first ODI series win in almost two years while the men in blue will be looking to clinch the series and register their first ever ODI series victory over Australia Down Under.
Australia’s playing XI for the third ODI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.