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Cricket Australia unveils ODI XI for series decider

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17th January, 2019
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Billy Stanlake and Adam Zampa have been included in Australia’s XI for the third ODI against India, with Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon the exclusions.

Behrendorff has had his troublesome back flare up once more, with the injury forcing him out of the ODI squad and also seeing Cricket Australia not release him to the Perth Scorchers for BBL duty.

Stanlake will take his place in the side, whereas Lyon has simply been omitted to make way for Zampa.

Kane Richardson has been called into the squad as cover for the injured Behrendorff, but will still be free to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the meantime.

It will be a critical third match for Australia, as they look to claim their first ODI series victory since a 4-1 triumph over Pakistan in 2017.

A 34-run victory over India at the SCG got the series off to a perfect start but, while they were gallant, they dropped the second match in Adelaide by six wickets.

It’s been a truly horrid run for the green and gold in ODIs of late. While they were able to recover from a 5-0 whitewash against South Africa in 2016 with series wins over New Zealand and Pakistan, it’s been rough sailing since.

Losses to New Zealand (2-0), India (4-1), back-to-back series defeats to England and another to South Africa have seen the Aussies tumble to sixth in the world rankings.

Australian XI to play India, 3rd ODI

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