Aussie quick monitored before cricket ODI

A back issue could cost Jason Behrendorff his place in Australia's ODI side to play India.
A back issue could cost Jason Behrendorff his place in Australia's ODI side to play India.

Australia will weigh up changing their XI for the third and final ODI against India with paceman Jason Behrendorff being monitored for a back issue.

Towering quick Billy Stanlake and allrounder Mitch Marsh are both options should Behrendorff be ruled out for Friday's series-decider at the MCG.

The West Australian has been plagued with back injuries in the past with a flare-up last year costing him a lucrative IPL contract.

"He's been monitored. Just a bit of a sore back ... he's had some back issues in the past so I think it's about managing him through this series and further forward," captain Aaron Finch said before training on Thursday.

"We're going to have to have a chat to him about that and speak to the medicos ... we'll make a decision either tomorrow morning or later this afternoon."

Australia retained an unchanged XI for the second match, which India won by six wickets to level the series.

Finch's endorsement of Nathan Lyon, who went wicketless in the first two ODIs, suggests he is again likely to be picked ahead of fellow spinner Adam Zampa.

"I thought the way Gaz has bowled has been really impressive," Finch said.

"In Adelaide, obviously a short square boundary and bowled really well quite defensively, which I think for his role was pretty important, seeing anytime the ball's been tossed up Rohit Sharma hit a couple off him in the first game and (MS) Dhoni the other day.

"He's bowling against some pretty world-class (batsmen) ... some all-timers, really.

"When he keeps bowling that well he will get rewarded eventually."

Australia have gone two years without winning an ODI series.

Since beating Pakistan 4-1 in January 2017, Australia have won four and lost 20 ODIs with three no-results due to weather.

Australian Associated Press