Australia Cricket Team will look to start afresh when they square off against Virat Kohli-led team India in the opening fixture of the three-match T20I series on November 21 (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, the Aussies are going through a lean phase without former skipper Steven Smith and David Warner. Recently, they went down against South Africa in the one-off T20I series by 21 runs. The top-order batters have struggled to put on runs on the board to help the bowlers.
The management will have a whole lot of work to do before they take on the men in blues. India have some quality bowlers in their ranks and they will cash in on every opportunity.
However, Australia will look to retain the same team they fielded against South Africa in the opening fixture.
Here is the predicted XI of Australia for the opening T20I against India:
Aaron Finch (c)
With the suspension still on for Steven Smith and David Warner, all responsibility will be on the shoulder of Aaron Finch. Finch will have to lead the team and front and motivate his side, who is going through a rough phase.
The injury-prone Chris Lynn, known for his big-hitting skills will have to bring his best game forward. Lynn knows the spinners well having played in the IPL and will look to bring all his experience to dominate the visitors.
D Arcy Short
D’Arcy Short made headlines in the last edition of the Big Bash League and since then has been an integral part of this squad. Short will score heavily if Australia aims to put runs on the board against a star-studded Indian team.
Glenn Maxwell can smack the ball like no one other in the world. However, he has been inconsistent which has hurt his chances. Meanwhile, the all-rounder will be crucial for Australia with his off-spin coming into play in the latter half of the game.
Marcus Stoinis has been stunning for Australia contributing in both the departments. He will look to continue his job as his ability to contribute to the team’s success make him one of the world’s best.
Alex Carey (wk)
Alex Carey has impressed in his short career and is one of the best glovemen in the country. However, he will have a tough challenge ahead of him against the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Although new to the international circuit, Ben McDermott has shown enough prospect in the domestic circuit. Failing to make an impact so far, it will be the best opportunity for the right-handed batsman to prove his potential.
The experienced Nathan Coulter-Nile has been a key component for the Aussies in the shortest format of the game. His ability to contribute with both bat and ball gets him a nod ahead of others. Australia will rely heavily on him as they aim to find their old form.
The left-arm pacer, who recently made his debut had a poor outing in the last fixture against the Proteas. However, it will be a huge opportunity for him to impress against a top side and be in the good books of the selectors.
The tall and lanky fast bowler can rake up a good pace to hurry the Indian batsmen. Australia will look forward to Billy Stanlake to provide early wickets with the new ball.
Andrew Tye had a good game against South Africa in the one-off T20I match. He returned with two wickets and will look to continue his excellent form against the Indians, who are coming from the back of a series win.