Hello. It’s the fifth white-ball international in ten days between these nations with this, the second T20, a chance for India to take short-form series in straight sets at the SCG adter Kohli’s men got the job done in the nation’s capital on Friday.
The main news from the hosts is that Mitch Starc won’t be on the teamsheet tonight. We got word through from CA this morning that the left-arm sprearhead has formally left the bubble on compassionate grounds due to a family illness.
It’s also unclear whether Aaron Finch will be there to toss the coin. If not, the assumption is that Matt Wade – his deputy in the opening rubber – will take the honours. Alternatively, might this be Steve Smith’s return to captaincy? That feels unlikely but not entirely out of the question. We’ll find out in about ten minutes.
As for India, they’ve mixed and matched with the red and white ball squads on account of their tour game taking place today at Drummoyne. But in terms of the playing XI, it’s unlikely they’ll tinker too much after the way Yuzvendra Chahal bowled when coming in as a (controversial) concussion sub for Ravi Jadeja.