Injuries, form slumps and a South African capitulation have left Australia uncertain about its strongest starting XI ahead of the World Cup in India.
Australia, having lost three consecutive matches to the Proteas in South Africa, quickly turns its attention towards a three-match ODI series against India, which kicks off in Mohali on Friday evening.
The Australian squad has been bolstered by the return of captain Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell, but Travis Head’s wrist injury has created a vacancy at the top of the order.
Meanwhile, the likes of Tanveer Sangha, Nathan Ellis and Marnus Labuschagne will be desperate to push their case for an eleventh-hour call-up, with Australia permitted to change its World Cup squad until September 28.
The first ODI between India and Australia gets underway at Mohali’s Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium on Friday at 6pm…