Australia lost the recent ODI series to India. However, they won the third game in Rajkot and hence, the confidence will be there for the upcoming World Cup. Nevertheless, the team could still be tempted to make some changes before the event starts. On that note, here, we take a look at two changes Australia could make to the World Cup squad based on performances against India.
1) Marnus Labuschagne for Travis Head
Travis Head is out injured. As per reports, he will only be available for the second half of the 2023 ODI World Cup. Even that is not confirmed.
Almost losing one player out of the 15 players for the majority of the tournament may not be a good tactic. It is not sure if Travis will return in good form. Hence, the Aussies can already make a change and trust the new player to replace Travis Head well. In this regard, Marnus would be a top option for the men in yellow. Ever since he got dropped from the WC squad, he has been in fine form. Even in the recent series against India, he was in good touch.
2) Matthew Short for Josh Inglis
Matthew Short for Josh Inglis is one of the changes Australia could make to the World Cup squad based on performances against India. It is a risky move but if it comes off, it will help Australia a lot.
Unless Alex Carey gets injured, he is not getting dropped. Being a left-hander, his role will be crucial in the team. Josh Inglis has not exactly set the scene on fire in recent days. On the other hand, Short might not have had a great run with the bat but has been impressive with the ball. He is bowling economical spells and this could work when Adam Zampa is bowling in tandem. Since he is a regular opener, he can also be a backup for Mitchell Marsh.