Matthew Wade is captaining Australia for the first time tonight after Aaron Finch was sidelined from the second Dettol T20I against Sydney.
Replacing Finch, who injured his buttocks during the opening of the series in Canberra Friday, Wade lost a shot to counterpart Virat Kohli, who was the first to throw the ball.
Versatile left-handed fighter Daniel Sams makes his international debut, making his way to XI with Andrew Tye and Marcus Stoinis for Finch and the pace pair Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
Starc withdrew from sympathy after a family illness, while Hazlewood coped with back pain after playing four matches over nine days.
Stoinis is only set to play as a batsman if he recovers from the lateral strain he suffered in the first ODI and will be Captain Wade’s partner at the top of the order.
Wade becomes captain of Australia’s 11th T20 men’s team, four years after he was destined to become captain of the New Zealand ODI team.
The Glover was due to debut as captain in Auckland in January 2017, but woke up with back cramps, forcing Finch, the man whose boots Wade is filling up with today, summoned his country’s captain.
Sams, 28, was the top goalkeeper for KFC BBL last summer with 30 goals in 17 games for Sydney Thunder. In August, he went to England with the Australian white ball team.
He traveled from the United Kingdom to the United Arab Emirates for his first appearance in the Indian Premier League, playing three games for Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals, who finished second after the Bombay Indians.
Tye played the last of his 26 T20 players two years ago against India in Sydney and, like Sams, was part of Australia’s recent plans for limited throws.
India made three changes: Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey and Mohammad Shami were knocked out of Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and the first T20 Yuzvendra Chahal super-submarine.
Jadeja is off the show due to a concussion he suffered Friday night while Shami was rested and Pandey has an elbow problem.
Australia XI: Matthew Wade (c, wk), Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitch Swepson, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
India XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Thangarasu Natarajan
Dettol T20 INTL Series v. India 2020
Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa
Composition of India T20I: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamahmed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chami , T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur
First T20: India won in 11 runs
Second T20: December 6, SCG, 10/19 AEDT
Third T20: December 8, SCG, 10/19 AEDT