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Australia made three changes for the third and final ODI against India being played in Canberra.
Exciting youngster Cameron Green is making his Australian debut for the injured David Warner, while Ashton Agar and Sean Abbott have replaced Pat Cummins and the out-of-form Mitchell Starc.
Having won the toss, India is 4-125 after 26 overs with Virat Kohli (45) and Hardik Pandya (1) at the crease.
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Sean Abbott took the opening wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, making it his first scalp in ODI cricket since he made his debut for Australia in October 2014.
Opener Shubman Gill added 33 runs off 39 balls before he was trapped in front by Ashton Agar in the 16th over.
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Adam Zampa got in the act by removing Shreyas Iyer for 19, moments before Agar had his second lbw, trapping KL Rahul (5) who took a review with him.
Shane Warne wasn’t a fan of Australia’s changes, particularly the decision to move Marnus Labuschagne into an opening role for Warner.
“Why are we flirting with it?” Warne asked on Fox Cricket. “The middle order was just starting to look okay and I think the more you bat with someone the more you understand them in every situation.
“I’m not saying he won’t bat well, I just wouldn’t have done that (open Marnus). I think we’re experimenting too much.
“I think when you’ve got the opposition down, you stay ruthless and keep the foot on the throat with the Test series coming.”
Warne said he would have made a straight swap of Matthew Wade for Warner.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
India XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan
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MYSTERY SURROUNDS STARC’S ABSENCE
Aussie pace spearhead Starc has missed out on selection with a niggle having endured a woeful start to the series.
Captain Aaron Finch said at the toss: “Unfortunately he’s got a bit of a back and rib niggle that the medical staff think he’ll really benefit from (having) a couple days off.”
Starc has had a torrid opening two games with the ball, with Australia potentially freshening him up for the T20 and Test series against India.
GREEN TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL DEBUT
Western Australian young gun Cameron Green will cap his meteoric rise with a debut for Australia in the third ODI.
Greg Chappell rates Green the most exciting Australian cricket prospect since Ricky Ponting and the public will get their first look at him on the international stage.
Green has had a remarkable start to his summer and at 21, he averages 50 with the bat, including four hundreds from just 19 first class games.
The lanky youngster has also taken 30 wickets at an average of 22 runs per scalp.
Warner’s injury opened the door for Green to benefit from a top order reshuffle, with either Marnus Labuschagne join Aaron Finch at the top of the order.
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INDIAN GREAT’S DIG AT ‘MINI’ MAXWELL
Glenn Maxwell has come to life in the two opening ODIs in Sydney after a disappointing season in the IPL.
It has a former Indian opener calling on the attack to take aim at one of Maxwell’s weaknesses – one that you can’t see.
Maxwell has been on fire with the bat in hand, smashing a total of 108 runs.
In a video on Youtube, Aakash Chopra has called on the Indian bowlers to go away from convention and attack Maxwell’s ego.
“The IPL story is normally not the story of international cricket, when it is about Glenn Maxwell,” he said.
“In the IPL he seems to be struggling but when he plays for Australia, he becomes max while in the IPL he is mini.
“The way Glenn Maxwell stands at the crease; he seems like a woodcutter. He is only looking to hit on the leg side and not concerned about the off side at all.
“His [Maxwell’s] problem is nose and toes. So, you should employ a fast bowler at the start and bowl him at his toes and then his nose or vice versa. You need to play with his ego because he is an egoistic player.”
He said there was a need to not only been unconventional in their approach to Maxwell’s mindset but also in the length of their deliveries.
“If you bowl a bouncer, he will go after it,” he said.
“If you bowl a yorker, he would remove his feet and play. And when you try all that, you can get him out. So, better you shouldn’t do length bowling , rather try to get him out right from the outset.”
WARNE’S BIG WAKE-UP CALL FOR AUSSIES
Australia are keeping their options open as they make a final call on who will replace injured opened David Warner at the top of the order.
Young gun Cameron Green could be in the frame for his international debut if Marnus Labuschagne is brought up to open.
However, Warne is worried Australia’s plans will backfire if they rest too many or take India too lightly.
“I would like to see Green get an opportunity,” he said.
“I think he is such a good player and when you have won the series it is a good time to maybe rest one or two. But you don’t want to take it too easy against India.”
Australia have cruised to victory in the first two games built off strong batting performances but Warne has called on them to maintain the rage.
“When you start off so well against India like this, who are the best Test team in the world, any opportunity you get you want to keep the foot on the throat, you want to be ruthless,” he said.
Australia has the first trophy of the summer in the bag and now has the opportunity to land a further psychological blow to India on Wednesday.
Teams have headed to Canberra for the final men’s 50-over match of the season after Steve Smith guided Australia to big wins in games one and two at the SCG.
A third-straight win at Manuka Oval will complete Australia’s first-ever bilateral ODI series whitewash against India.
This summer’s showdown is the 13th time Australia and India have squared off in a bilateral ODI series.
Australia didn’t lose a game in a 1984 series, but didn’t complete the whitewash either because of matches being abandoned.
It’s a piece of unwanted history Virat Kohli’s men are on the verge of with a long summer of T20 and Test cricket ahead.
India does have two pieces of welcome news, however.
The first is Warner is unavailable, missing his first match with the groin strain he suffered on Sunday. He’s expected to be replaced in the Australian line-up by Matthew Wade, who hasn’t played an ODI since October 2017.
The other is that Pat Cummins won’t play either. He won’t be in action for Australia again until the first Test as part of his workload management.
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His absence places increased importance on Mitchell Starc regaining his form after a woeful start to the summer.
Starc took 1-65 in game one and 0-82 in game two, but Australia captain Aaron Finch has attributed his struggles to the quality of India’s batsmen.
“There’s definitely no panic stations from my point of view… it’s just a matter of time,” he told reporters.
“You have to understand his standards are a lot higher than what you expect from most other people because of how dominant he’s been over the last eight or nine years, especially in the white ball formats.”
Play in Canberra starts from 2.40pm (AEDT).