Mitchell Starc not playing: The Australian speedster isn’t part of Australia’s Playing XI for the third ODI against India.
During the third ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Canberra, India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and chose to bat in what is a dead-rubber after the visitors have lost the first two matches of the three-match series.
“We will bat first. Looks a nice wicket and the last time we played here it was a really good wicket to bat on. Want to bat well and put the opposition under pressure.
“Need to improve the body language in the field and the bowling as well. It’s a result of us not being consistent in the last two games, we are gonna try a few things tonight and see how it goes,” India captain Virat Kohli told Fox Sports during the toss.
Coming on the back of two consecutive losses, India have made as many as four changes to their squads as opening batsman Shubman Gill, pacers Shardul Thakur and debutant T. Natarajan and spinner Kuldeep Yadav have replaced opening batsman Mayank Agarwal, pacers Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Shami and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Here’s how India line-up for the final ODI.
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Why is Mitchell Starc not playing today’s 3rd ODI between Australia and India?
Australia captain Aaron Finch, on the other hand, dismissed talks of the match being a “dead-rubber” saying that his team will do everything it can to register a third consecutive victory. Being asked about the changes other than the obvious of opening batsman David Warner and vice-captain Pat Cummins not playing, Finch also revealed pacer Mitchell Starc not being at this 100%.
“We have got three changes. [Mitchell] Starc got a back and rib niggle and the medical team informed us that he will greatly benefit by resting, and obviously Davey [David Warner] and Pat Cummins not playing today. No such thing as a dead-rubber when you are playing for Australia and we will be doing everything we can to try and win the game,” Finch told Fox Sports at the toss.
As far as replacements are concerned, Australia have handed a debut to all-rounder Cameron Green as Warner’s replacement. In the bowling department, all-rounder Ashton Agar and pacer Sean Abbott have been included for Cummins and Starc.