Steven Smith will captain Australia and will be one of their key batsmen going into the fourth ODI © Getty Images
Steven Smith will captain Australia and will be one of their key batsmen going into the fourth ODI © Getty Images

India and Australia will square off in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Wednesday. Having won three matches in a row, the hosts are high on confidence. David Warner is back in the squad, after missing the second and third ODI as he was away with his wife for delivery of their second child. Nathan Lyon too is named in the squad for the final two one-dayers. Both are expected to be picked in the final playing XI for the fourth ODI. Let us take a look at their most probable XI for the fourth and penultimate one-day match of the series. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 4th ODI at Canberra

Top-order: David Warner in all probability will get a place in the team. He is likely to replace Shaun Marsh for the opening slot. His will be partnering Aaron Finch whereas skipper Steven Smith will continue to bat at his usual one-down position. Smith is in scintillating touch and would be eager to score a big one in the fourth one-day as well.

Middle-order: George Bailey, who has scored 211 runs in this series from three matches, will bat at No. 4.  Glenn Maxwell failed to deliver in the first two games but regained touch in the last match with his brisk 96 off 83 balls and is expected to come next in the batting order. Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade will continue to bat at No. 6 and 7 respectively. Marsh has not impressed with both bat and ball in the series but Smith may still decide to give him another chance. Australia would want more from Wade in the batting department, although his performance behind the wickets has been good. Glenn Maxwell: Indian batsmen were milestone-driven in 3rd ODI vs Australia

Lower-order: James Faulkner will be Australia’s all-rounder and will come at No. 8. Hosts’ pace bowling attack will consist of James Faulkner, John Hastings and Kane Richardson. Hastings has been in sumptuous form in the series having taken five wickets at 20.80 from two matches and he certainly will be Australia’s trump card in their fast bowling department. On the flip side, Richardson is yet to make his presence felt. Since Australia does not have any option except Joel Paris, who too has performed poorly in the matches he featured in, Richardson may get another chance. However, if he fails again, Paris may be picked for the final ODI. Scott Boland, owing to poor performance in this series is likely to make way for off-break bowler Lyon. Boland has just one wicket from the series so far. Lyon’s spin will be very handy to Australia since Maxwell has not done well with the ball in the series. Having bowled 18 overs in the series, Maxwell is yet to pick up his first wicket.

Australia likely XI for fourth ODI (In batting order):  David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson / Joel Paris, Nathan Lyon 

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)