Australian captain Aaron Finch has finalized his playing XI for the first One Day International against India. He announced his XI earlier on Friday, a full day before the first game is set to commence.
Veteran spinner Nathan Lyon has been included in the playing team ahead of promising leggie Adam Zampa. Several of the Aussie Test brigade like Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb will be given a shot at the ODI squad as well despite a sub-par showing in the red ball series.
The Australian team management also confirmed that wicketkeeper Alex Carey will be pushed to the opening slot in the wake of the World Cup a few months from now. Veteran pacer Peter Siddle is also to make a comeback to the team having played his last International game in 2010, which means that lanky pacer Billy Stanlake is set to miss out.
“He well and truly deserves his spot. Any tour you go on, Siddle is one of the first picked I would think for what he brings to the team and the skill set he brings." the Australian captain was quoted speaking to cricket.com.au.
The first game is set to be played in Sydney on Saturday, 12th of January at 7:50 IST, with the next two games in Adelaide and Melbourne respectively.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.