After ensuring the ODI series by winning the first three ODIs in a five ODI series, Australia will now be looking forward to a clean sweep in the remaining ODIs against India. Australia will meet India in the 4th ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Wednesday.
It is expected that the Canberra pitch will also be a batting-friendly wicket, but it may be slow wicket like last Melbourne game. In all previous five ODIs at the ground, the team batting first has won the matches.
Australia’s overall performance is going well in this series. For the last two ODIs, opener David Warner and spinner Nathan Lyon are included in the squad while Joel Paris and Usman Khawaja are left out from the squad. Warner makes a comeback in the 13-man squad after taking paternity leave in the past two ODIs. On the other hand, Lyon is making a comeback in the ODI squad for the first time in this series.
After ensuring the ODI series win, Australia may experiment in their squad. Australia may go with the same opening squad as the last game. That means they can give another chance to Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch instead of David Warner. David Warner will be given rest keeping in the mind the upcoming New Zealand tour while Shaun Marsh is in very good form in this series and Finch’s role as a specialist limited-over opener is pretty much sealed.
On the other hand, Nathan Lyon may replace Mitchell Marsh in the Australian squad while rests of the squad remain unchanged. Pacer Scott Boland may get another chance in this series to show his value.
Australia probable XI: Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (C), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.