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Finch announced Aussie XI for first ODI against India

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Australia skipper Aaron Finch confirmed that Peter Siddle will play an ODI eight years after his last one for the country. The veteran fast bowler last played for Australia in November 2010 against Sri Lanka at Sydney.

Finch confirmed his side today, with Siddle to join Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon as the four specialist bowlers in the XI.

Finch will open the innings with gloveman Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja is likely to bat No.3. Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell make up the solid middle order.

Captains Aaron Finch of Australia and Virat Kohli of India pose with the ODI series trophy during the Australia v India ODI Series Captains Trophy Session at SCG on January 11, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Tomorrow’s match will be Siddle’s first one-day international in eight years having last played in the 50-over format for his country in November 2010 against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

“It’s something I’d probably forgotten about really,” Siddle said yesterday when asked about his surprise recall.

“I never thought I’d get the opportunity to play one-day cricket for Australia again.

Finch explained the decision to open with Carey was made to give the left-hander a shot at the top where he scored a rapid century for the Adelaide Strikers in the KFC BBL last season.

“It’s just an opportunity to see Alex play in a position he’s done quite bit in Big Bash and one-day cricket. It’s a position he’s performed really well with in the last couple of years,” Finch said when asked about Carey’s promotion from No.7 to opener. 

“He’s been shuffled around the order a bit in the last little while trying to search for that process and right balance of the side and he’ll get a good opportunity up there.”

Finch also touched on the decision to bat Handscomb above experienced allrounder Maxwell.

“‘Maxi’ has floated throughout the order throughout his career,” Finch said.

“When we saw him at his absolute best was during the 2015 World Cup when he was used as a floater when we had that Power Play with three fielders out, so there’s still a lot of scope for him to float up and down the order as the game situation changes.

Soon after the series, the Australian ODI side will journey to India to play two T20Is and five ODIs.

Australia XI:

Aaron Finch (c), Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Richardson, Behrendorff


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