After whitewashing Windies at home, India turn its attention towards Australia in the first match of a long tour beginning with a T20I at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Wednesday, November 21.
In accordance with their recent trend, BCCI has tweeted the 12 member squad a day ahead of the game and as was expected, Captain Virat Kohli makes his comeback to the side after being rested for the Windies tour.
The batting order pretty much selects itself although there might be a question as to who bats at number 3 as Kohli had let KL Rahul take his slot during T20I series in England.
With Krunal Pandya being the only all-rounder in the mix, it will be a toss-up between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for the second spinners spot as India is unlikely to go in with three spinners on the traditionally bouncy Brisbane track.
While Kuldeep got the nod against Windies, there might be a strong case for Chahal in Australia, given the number of right-handers the hosts have in their line-up. Khaleel Ahmed's recent performances against the Windies makes his place almost certain in tomorrow's game.
Meanwhile, for Australia, Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn are set to carry on at the top of the order. The Aussies will be buoyed by Glenn Maxwell's recent form and will hope for the same from the likes of Darcy Short and Marcus Stoinis in the middle order.
In the bowling department, it will be interesting to see whether they go in with an all-pace attack like they did in their defeat to South Africa or give one of Adam Zampa or Ashton Agar a game.
Team News: Predicted playing XIs for 3rd T20I
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Darcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pitch and conditions
A glorious Australian summer is set to greet India tomorrow as temperatures are expected to be pleasant throughout the duration of the match.
Meanwhile, the pitch at the Gabba is expected to stay true to the batsman with even bounce and good carry. The carry could help the spinners as they might be able to extract good bounce.
The long square boundaries will be of relief to the bowlers.