Australia will look to clinch the series in the fourth ODI    Getty Images
Australia will look to clinch the series in the fourth ODI Getty Images

A win for Australia in this match against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will hand them the series with one match to go. Pakistan on the other hand welcome their skipper back from injury in a bid to keep their chances of winning the series. Australia have rotated their bowlers well, handing a game off to their fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc for a game each. But they are most likely to play a full strength side for this match with Billy Stanlake missing out after having picked up just 1 wicket in his two games in the series so far. Pakistan have shown glimpses of some good performances, but will have to be at their best, if they are to win the match and level the series.

A series win for Australia, would be a major morale booster. They thrashed New Zealand 3-0 in the earlier edition of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy. Australia will be travelling to New Zealand for the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, beginning from January 30. A series win against Pakistan will give them the confidence they need to put up a good show against New Zealand as well. On that note, let us have a look at the likely XI for Australia.

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Top-order: Openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja have failed to get Australia off to good starts in the series and they will be determined to make the best of this opportunity. Warner has scored just 58 from three innings and Khawaja has managed only 28 runs from his two games. However, the No. 3 batsman and captain Steven Smith has been in good form. He has a ton and a fifty to his name and is the leading run-getter in this series with 168 runs. Another good knock from Smith could see Australia clinch the series at SCG.

Middle-order: Peter Handscomb got his ODI career off to a bright start, scoring 82 on debut at Perth. His rise at the international level over the last couple of months has been phenomenal and Australia will continue to back him to shine in this game as well. Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will occupy the next three slots. Wade pulled Australia out of trouble in the first ODI with a remarkable unbeaten 100. Head and Maxwell, other than being hard-hitting batsmen, can chip in with a few quiet overs as well. Pakistan bat deep and will need part-timers to chip in when needed.

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Bowlers: Australia will most likely go in with a strong bowling line-up. They will welcome back Starc into the bowling line-up. SCG has been known to offer some spin and as a result, we might see leg-spinner Adam Zampa roped into the side, with either Pat Cummins or Hazlewood missing out. Australia would prefer to have their strike combination of Starc and Hazlewood for this match and as a result, Cummins may drop down to the bench, despite picking up 4 wickets at an economy rate of 4.29 in three matches. They also have the dependable James Faulkner, who is a more than useful batsman and is also the leading wicket-taker in the series with 6 wickets to his name.

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Australia likely XI for fourth ODI against Pakistan: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa