The Australian One Day team lost the third ODI against India on Friday, which means that it has been nearly two years since Australia won an ODI series.
Australia’s next ODI assignment will be a five-match series in India in March and Australia will certainly need to make some changes for that series.
Alex Carey made some good starts, but failed to go on after he was promoted to opener. His ODI batting average is 27, he’s spent most of his time opening and batting in the middle order and failed to perform. While his List A strike rate sits at 76, which makes it hard to justify batting him in the traditional wicketkeeper’s position of 7.
Neither Peter Siddle nor Billy Stanlake are up to ODI standard, Nathan Lyon failed to convert his Test success into ODI success, while Usman Khawaja batted way too slowly. All five along with squad member Mitch Marsh should be dropped for the India tour.
Captain Aaron Finch should hold his spot for the tour to India, however, if he fails to perform there he should make way for Steve Smith and David Warner when they return from suspension.
As for the makeup of the team, the in-form D’Arcy Short should open the batting with Aaron Finch, with Marcus Stoinis moving up to three.
Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell should occupy four, five and six. The number seven position should go to Matthew Wade. Since being dropped from the Australian team, Wade has been one of the best performerss in Australian domestic cricket. Crucially, his ODI strike rate when batting at seven is 95.
The finisher, James Faulkner, should bat at 8, with Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa rounding out the eleven.
Jason Behrendorff, Steve O’Keefe and Ashton Turner should go as the reserves.
Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been left out so that they can find some form at shield level, while Chris Lynn wasn’t considered because he isn’t fully fit.
My Australian team for Australia’s ODI series in India:
Aaron Finch (c)
Peter Handscomb (vc)
Glenn Maxwell (vc)
Matthew Wade (wk)