Australia Make 2 Changes in Playing XI for Series Decider vs India

Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake have been included in Australia’s playing XI for the third ODI against India.

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Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake have been included in Australia’s playing XI for the third and final series-deciding ODI against India, scheduled to be played in Melbourne on 18 January.

Stanlake has come in for pacer Jason Behrendorff, who has been ruled out with back soreness, while Nathan Lyon has been dropped to make way for Zampa.

Melbourne Renegades paceman Kane Richardson has also been called into the squad as cover.

Snapshot

Australia XI vs India

Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake

India are eyeing a maiden bilateral ODI series triumph on Australian soil after the path-breaking Test conquest when they take on the home team in the tour finale.

The three-match series is level at 1-1 after Australia won the first ODI in Sydney by 34 runs and India won the second in Adelaide by six wickets.

The Men in Blue have never won a bilateral ODI contest on Australian soil, and their only two series' wins in this format have come in 1985 (World Championship of Cricket) and 2008 (CB Series).

In fact, this is only the second bilateral ODI series India have played in Australia, losing 4-1 in 2016 when they toured here last.

Also, by winning this third ODI in Melbourne, India will finish the current 2018-19 tour without having lost a series here. They have previously drawn the T20I series 1-1, and then went on to record a historic first-ever Test series win here by a 2-1 margin.

(With inputs from PTI)

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