Australia vs India: Aaron Finch names the XI for the first ODI

The home team made plenty of surprising changes to their side.

Captains Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli
Captains Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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The three-match ODI series between Australia and India will commence on 12 January 2019. Since the selectors announced quite a different squad for the home team, there have been a lot of deliberations about their playing XI. However, Australian limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch has put an end to all of those speculations now.

The opening batsman, just a day before the game, announced the eleven for Australia. As it is evident, there are a number of changes from the side that last played an ODI against South Africa in November 2018. The biggest of all the changes is the comeback of the veteran pacer Peter Siddle after about a nine-year hiatus.

Ashton Turner doesn’t find a place in the XI

Australian management hasn’t taken many chances with their eleven. They’ve gone ahead with their most trusted men for the series opener. Hence, the young sensation, Ashton Turner doesn’t find himself a spot in the side. He earlier replaced vice-captain Mitchell Marsh in the squad as the all-rounded had some gastritis troubles.

So, it’d be Aaron Finch who will open the innings for Australia along with wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey. Usman Khawaja, who last played an ODI in January 2017 is all set for a comeback. He will be followed by Shaun Marsh in the line-up. Peter Handscomb will also be making it back to the side nearly after one and a half year.

Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell will fill the spots of the all-rounders in the side. Nathan Lyon is back playing an ODI game after about six months. It would be Siddle, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff sharing the pace duties. Interestingly, Billy Stanlake and Adam Zampa do not find a place in the final XI.

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.

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