Australia win toss, elect to bat

Australia stand-in captain Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat against India in the 10th ODI of the tri-series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke was ruled out of the match due to a sore back. Watson who returned to international cricket after a long injury lay-off is the captain of the side today.

Australia have replaced pacer Ryan Harris with Clint McKay.

India have included Praveen Kumar in place of the injured Vinay Kumar while Parthiv Patel has made way for captain MS Dhoni, who returns to the side after serving his one-match ban.

If India win both their remaining matches, they’ll surely be through with 18 points.

If they lose one of their two matches, they will require a bonus point in the other and hope that either Australia or Sri Lanka do them a favour.

If India beat Australia with a bonus point in Sydney on Sunday and lose to Sri Lanka in Hobart on Tuesday, they will have to hope for Sri Lanka to beat Australia in Hobart on Friday.

If they lose to Australia and beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point, they’ll have to hope for Australia to beat Sri Lanka. In that scenario, Australia will qualify with 22 points and India and Sri Lanka will be tied with 15 points.

India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Shane Watson(c), Peter Forrest, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Matthew Wade(w), Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus.

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