'Scared' Aussies add new blood for T20 series
AFTER an emphatic 4-1 loss to India in the one-day international series, the Australian team hopes new blood can turn around its tour in the three T20 matches.
Stand-in coach David Saker is looking to specialist T20 players to revitalise the team, especially the brittle batting line-up.
In the one-day series, wickets fell regularly in the middle order.
"I think a lot of them are playing a little bit scared," Saker said. "We try to make sure they play with a lot of freedom and express themselves as much as they can.
"When you're losing you play scared. You go into it and you start looking after No.1."
Batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head will stay in India for the T20s.
Fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson, and leg-spinner Adam Zampa will continue on the tour.
Keeper Tim Paine, all-rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques, and pacemen Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye come into the squad for the T20Is, with the first match in Ranchi on Saturday.
"I think getting five or six new guys into the squad after what's happened in the one-day series, we'll be really determined to bounce back," Saker said.
Saker was pleased with the fast bowlers' efforts in the ODIs, but said "spin spin bowling has been a little bit down on this trip".
He singled out leggie Zampa.
"He showed some good signs but it's always tough coming here playing against an Indian team," Saker said.
India has brought opener Shikhar Dhawan back into the squad for Akinka Rahane after family illness.
Seamer Ashish Nehra and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik also return.