Adam Zampa has come in as replacement for Nathan Lyon.
Australia have made two changes to their playing XI for the series-deciding match against India on Friday, with Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake coming into the side. Stanlake replaces paceman Jason Behrendorff, who has been ruled out with back soreness, while spinner Nathan Lyon has been dropped to make way for Zampa.
Lyon’s axing from the side comes just two matches after he’d replaced Zampa in the side for the series opener in Sydney. The pair are vying for the frontline spinner’s role at this year’s World Cup and despite going wicketless in the two games, Lyon had earned praise from skipper Aaron Finch.
“I think he’s been really impressive,” Finch said Thursday afternoon, before the off-spinner’s axing was announced. “Obviously not getting a wicket, he’d have liked a bit more return for that. When he keeps bowling that well, he will get rewarded eventually.”
Behrendorff, despite nursing ambitions of playing Test cricket, has eased back to top-level cricket via the limited-overs formats after another crippling back injury.
Having re-jigged their batting line-up in the series with recalls for Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb, Finch said the improvement in the batting has been the major positive of the series so far. But the skipper added securing the trophy on Friday after losing against England (twice), India, South Africa, New Zealand and at the Champions Trophy, was his side’s major focus.
India will continue to target Australia’s under-pressure openers Alex Carey and Aaron Finch as they seek to add a one-day series win to their first ever test series victory in the third and final match in Melbourne on Friday.
It is locked at 1-1 at present.
Carey and Finch’s best opening partnership in the first two matches of the series is the 20 runs they achieved in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Carey, the team’s vice-captain, has scored a total of 42 runs while captain Finch has tallied just 12 and been bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in both games of the series.
Finch, however, said he had been reviewing footage of his dismissals in the series and comparing it to more successful periods, which has contributed to 3,430 one-day international runs at an average of 36.88.
“Maybe I’ve been too tentative in the last couple of games, letting a bit of pressure build up,” Finch said.
“It’s always a fine balance between attack and hanging in there and waiting for the right time to be aggressive and take on the game.
“I still feel that I’m a very good player … 13 international hundreds suggests that I do know what’s required.”
Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake
India ODI squad vs Australia: Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill