Australia hold points edge on return to T20 familiarity but India pushing hard

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The home side are likely to rotate through their pace bowlers during the series

India have won the last four days of this multi-format series and if it hadn’t been for a borderline no-ball in the second ODI it would have been them, not Australia, heading into the decisive T20Is with a 6-4 advantage.

After an opening encounter in Mackay where Australia strolled to victory this has developed into a gripping contest with the home side challenged across all areas of their game. The absence of Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen from the bowling attack has been keenly felt while Rachael Haynes’ departure has altered the balance of the side.

They will, however, be boosted by the return of fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck who has recovered from an Achilles problem. The likelihood is that she will play two of the three matches as Australia continue to manage their young quicks.

It would be stretching things to say Australia have been shaken by the last few days of cricket but it has made the series all the more compelling. Holding the points lead means they need to win just one of three T20Is to ensure they can’t be overtaken but a series victory will be their only pass mark.

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