Australia beats India by 51 runs to win series 2-0, but going ahead in the 3rd and final ODI of the series, the Australian team is in a fix regarding the selection of a few players.
Australia have announced that Pat Cummins will further not be in action in the limited-overs matches against India, meaning he will miss Wednesday’s final ODI being played in Canberra, as well as the T20 series. Indian fans will breathe a huge sigh of relief with one of the world’s best fast-bowlers being rested for the next four games.
But Australia have great strength in depth, with three quality fast bowlers in their armoury who could replace Pat Cummins in the team, including Sean Abbott, Daniel Sams and Andrew Tye. It will be interesting to see who does the team management pick amongst these 3 talented lads.
The Australian team and Steve Smith who is more often than not compared with Virat Kohli as amongst the top batsman in the world across all formats, will be itching to keep the momentum going and winning the third ODI as well for a clean sweep victory over their arch Indian rivals, making it 3-0.
Steve Smith has been in an absolute brutal form since the start of the series, he has smashed two back to back 62 ball centuries and has looked flawless across both his innings.
But on the other hand, another in form top order Australian Batsmen is set to miss the final ODI of the series and the T20 Internationals due to an injury during the 2nd ODI being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
David Warner is in an 18-day race to be fit in time for the opening Test of the summer against India, after he was formally ruled out of the remainder of the white-ball matches and is replaced by D’Arcy Short in the squad.
Australia’s opening two victories over India made it crystal clear as to how valuable Warner is as a top order batsman in home conditions, forming a platform against the new ball but also scoring freely and setting up an innings for the likes of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Australia’s coach Justin Langer said Warner’s timely return would be so crucial for the Test team’s chances.
Australia Probable XI – Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (WK), Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.