The big picture: can Australia escape whitewashing?
The third ODI between India and Australia was expected to be a dress rehearsal for the teams’ opening game at the World Cup, but some key characters will be missing on Wednesday.
India will be without
Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel and Mohammed Shami. The inclusion of letters was always subject to fitness; He suffered a strain in his left quadriceps during the Asia Cup and is yet to fully recover. But, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav have joined the team. So there will still be a lot of heavy hitters present in the show.
Australia is likely to be in full force pat cummins
Back as captain. Glen Maxwell
And Mitchell Starc
Should be in action tomorrow too – both players missed the South Africa series earlier this month and the first two games here too, but they trained on Tuesday.
Australia have already lost the series but they will want to avoid what could happen to them Whitewash against India for the first time in ODI
, The key to this, and ending their five-match losing streak, could be an improved bowling performance. In four of his last five matches, he has given 338, 416, 315 and 399 runs.
India WWWLW (last five ODIs, most recent first)
In the spotlight: Ashwin and Australia’s death bowling
He had played only two ODIs in the last six years when he got the call-up for this series. At the time, both captain Rohit and chief selector Ajit Agarkar reported that Ashwin was out of action in ODIs, but he was playing Tests and T20s regularly. This showed in the first two ODIs, as Ashwin picked up 1 of 47
in Mohali and 3 out of 41
In Indore. If Akshar is not fit in time for the World Cup, the team management has his replacement ready.
Australia’s death bowling
Was under scrutiny
Even before this series started. After the second ODI in Indore, where they conceded 103 runs in the last ten overs, their death overs economy this year is 9.48 – the worst for any team. When it comes to taking wickets at this stage, among the Full Members only Afghanistan (20.95) have a worse strike rate than their 20.60. Australia will be hoping that Starc’s return will provide some relief.
Team News: Kishan will open?
In the absence of Gill, Ishan Kishan can open the innings with Rohit. Shami and Prasidh Krishna should be replaced by Bumrah and Siraj.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11Jasprit Bumrah
Apart from the return of Cummins and Starc, Maxwell may get the first match of the tour. Maxwell has not played competitive cricket since July, but before flying to India, he took part in a 50-over practice match for Victoria, where he batted and bowled four overs.
Australia (Probable): 1 Mitchell Marsh, 2 David Warner, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (c), 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pitch and conditions: Another run-fest on the cards
The pitch at Rajkot is often compared to the nearby Highway – the venue has hosted three ODIs so far sum of four more than 300
, last ODI here
It was in 2020, when India, batting first, scored 340 runs for 6 wickets. In reply, Australia was all out for 304 runs. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy on Wednesday, but there is no forecast of rain.
Statistics and Trivia: Australia’s losing streak
“You can’t take away the class and experience of a guy. In the last few matches we saw how well he bowled. He has a lot of variety and if he gets a chance, we can see a lot of things.”
Rohit Sharma on Ashwin
“Obviously leading into the World Cup, it’s not a situation we want to be in down-and-out in the series. But there’s a lot to play for tomorrow in terms of what our team structure looks like, what we want to take A World Cup campaign. We still have two chances after this game before a full World Cup. So another chance to get used to the conditions, to adapt to what’s being thrown at us, possibly before the World Cup. Against the favourites.”
Mitchell Starc Waiting for the third ODI