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India lead the series 2-0 (AFP Photo)

Dean Jones has praised India saying they back themselves to win from any position while Australia have to be at their absolute best. (READ: Milestones loom for Kohli, Dhoni and others)

India will be eyeing series a third straight bilateral ODI series victory over Australia when the two teams meet on Friday in Ranchi for the third match. (READ: Australia need victory to avoid series loss)

By winning the first two ODIs in Hyderabad and Nagpur, Virat Kohli’s men have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match rubber. They have won games from being put under pressure, especially when batting as their top-order, barring Kohli, has looked out of sorts.

“For India, [Shikhar] Dhawan hasn’t been doing that well but the fact is that even with players out of form they are still winning and that is a great advantage to have within the team. No matter what position they are in, India believe they can win. Australia have to bring their A-plus game to win whereas India can win with their B-minus game!” Jones wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday.

Jones, who played 52 Tests and 164 for Australia, has advised the Aaron Finch-led tourists to keep rotating the strike instead of soaking up deliveries, especially against the spinners.

“The Australian batsmen must realise that no matter where the ball is pitched from one of the spinners, they must hit targets on the boundary. The boys are just starting to get squeezed, or dotting up as they say Down Under, against the spin of India. The rotation of strike is imperative if they are going to go on to make scores of 300 or more,” he advised.

On the bowling front, Jones is happy with how the two frontline Aussie spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa have fared but feels they need a change in strategy.

He feels the middle-overs is where Finch should pitch his best bowlers against the India batsmen rather than focusing on death overs.

“I’m happy to see Lyon bowl really well; Zampa picked up a couple of wickets in the mids, while Pat Cummins bowled beautifully in the mids too. They need to use him more during this time than at the death. I think Finch needs to worry less about the death and more about the middle and have his best bowlers bowl against India’s best batsmen to get wickets,” he wrote.

Australia will be aiming to keep the series alive with a win in Ranchi which is MS Dhoni’s home town. It could probably be the former India captain’s final international appearance in front of his home fans and Jones fears it could spur the legend to put up a memorable show.

“Australia’s biggest problem in the third ODI might be that it is probably going to be Dhoni’s last significant match in Ranchi. MS will rise; he loves playing on the big platform in front of his home crowd. It’s going to be a tough one for Australia. They need a better plan for Kuldeep [Yadav] and Kedar [Jadhav]. If Australia can win on Friday, I cannot tell you how important it would be for their build-up for the World Cup,” he said.