T Natarajan has been given India debut as captain Virat Kohli won the coin toss and opted to bat first in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Australia in Canberra on Wednesday. The hosts have already closed out the series after winning the first two ODIs by significant margins and will be eyeing a series whitewash. Also Read - T Natarajan Lauds Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane Captaincy After Impressive Team India Debut in Australia, Recalls Emotional Moment
India made as many as four changes to their playi9ng XI that suffered 51-run defeat in Sydney during the second ODI. Mayank Agarwal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini have been dropped and in walk Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Natarajan and Shardul Thakur. Also Read - Ajinkya Rahane's Inspirational Speech After Historic Series Win Over Australia Goes Viral, Says It's a Massive, Massive Moment For us | WATCH VIDEO
“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,” Kohli said during the toss. Also Read - IPL 2021: RCB Captain Virat Kohli is Humble And Easy to Approach: Josh Philippe
Australia made three changes to their playing XI. David Warner misses out due to injury and so does Mitchell Starc who has a slight niggle while Pat Cummins has been rested. In their place, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar and debutant Cameron Green have been handed a game.
“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,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said at the toss.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan