Team News: Live Cricket Tips
Australia did an India from the Test series in terms of their selection on Thursday. Minutes after Finch raved about how good Nathan Lyon had been in the first two ODIs, the Aussies’ lead Test spinner was dumped from the squad with leggie Adam Zampa replacing him in the playing XI. Jason Behrendorff too is set to miss out owing to a bad back two nights after having become the latest victim of the MS Dhoni last-over six sentence. Billy Stanlake is a tall enough replacement, and could well be the X-factor that the Aussies need in a bowling attack that has blown hot and cold.
Jhye Richardson is being lined up by Australia to ensure that the Holy Trinity of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins becomes the Fab Four. The Perth Scorcher is so highly rated that the Aussie selectors seem him as a potential Ashes tourist in the summer.
Certainly he is doing his prospects of a long international career across three formats not harm at all with his performances in the one-day international series against India. In the first match in Sydney he took four wickets. In Adelaide he also took four
Playing XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake
India: If Hardik Pandya hadn’t been sent home, India would have preferred going in with two wrist spinners for all three ODIs like did for most of 2018 when playing away from home. While it’s a sign of how crucial Pandya is for their World Cup plans, it also tells you how he’s the only irreplaceable member of this side. Ravindra Jadeja hasn’t set the world on fire with either bat or ball, and India will have to rejig a number of positions if they are keen on bringing in the attacking option of Yuzvendra Chahal for the final ODI.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu/Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja/Vijay Shankar, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj/Yuzvendra Chahal