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Australia face India in first ODI today

January 12, 2019 00:00:00

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Agencies): Alex Carey has been promoted to opener while veteran Peter Siddle returns from the one-day wilderness in Australia's opening clash against India Saturday in Sydney as they experiment ahead of the World Cup.

Wicketkeeper Carey has played six one-dayers and usually comes in well down the order, but with an eye on the World Cup later this year in England, skipper Aaron Finch said selectors wanted to see what he could do.

Usman Khawaja will come in at number three with Test discards Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb following them. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell round out the top of the order.

Seamer Siddle played his last one-day international in November 2010, but gets another chance to impress with the country's top fast bowlers being rested.

Meanwhile, hit hard by an unexpected controversy after the high of the Test triumph, India will also look to fine tune their World Cup preparations in the three-match ODI series against an under-fire Australia.

Squads: Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon

India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.

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