Australia will look to complete a 5 -nil whitewash © Getty Images
Australia will look to complete a 5 -nil whitewash © Getty Images

Australia faces India in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) of the series at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australia, who has already won the series 4-0, will now look to smash the final nail in the coffin winning the fifth match as well and complete a series white-wash. India on the other hand will be disheartened and gravely disappointed in the manner they lost the last game. To Australia’s credit it was their pressurized and seemingly patience full bowling that lead the charge along with Captain Steven Smith’s aggressive field setting and agile scheme of things. Vishal Mehra predicts how the final playing XI might look like for the hosts as they eye an astonishing series triumph. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 5th ODI at Sydney

Top Order: The return of David Warner in the previous match has only added to the hosts’ batting prowess. Warner in his comeback match missed out on a well deserved century by seven runs. His partner Aaron Finch bettered him this time, managed to get to his seventh ODI ton, making run a ball 107 hitting nine fours and two sixes. Next to come in would be Smith who himself has looked in flawless form this whole series. Smith butchered 51 runs from 29 balls helping Australia get a mammoth 348 in the previous game.

Middle Order: George Bailey has been the man for the hour for Australia this summer, his performance proves it well. The only flop of the series came at Canberra, where he only got ten runs.Glenn Maxwell who despite getting a blow on his knee, was able to accumulate 41 quick runs in the process. Maxwell who looked very much in discomfort for the remainder of the match, is most likely to be replaced by Shaun Marsh. The latter so far in the series has two fifties to his name—71 and 62 respectively. Coming in just after Shaun would be his younger brother Mitchell Marsh, whose contribution in bowling was one of the more pivotal points. Mitchell picked up two-wickets for 55 runs.

Lower Order: Continuing the long batting line that Australia have, Matthew Wade will be slated to walk in next. Wade hasn’t had much to boast off  as he has not gotten an substantial chance to perform with the bat.  James Faulkner, who is having a much debated series off the field rather than his on-field achievements, will looking to get back to his talkative best. Faulkner so far has displayed more talent with the ball then his batting.

Bowlers: Australia’s game changer and main-man John Hastings will handle the new ball affair with Kane Richardson. Hasting picked up the all-important wicket of Indian captain MS Dhoni in the fourth ODI, which proved to be the turning point of the match. Another player who will be on a high would be Richardson. He finally got his just rewards achieving his first ever five-wicket haul in ODIs for Australia. His victims included Virat Kohli and run machine Rohit Sharma. With the match being played at Sydney, it is a surety that Nathan Lyon will keep his place in the squad. With the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) coming up after this, it would be only good for Lyon to get some much needed match practice.

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

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn)