Australia reveal playing XI for ODI series opener
Aaron Finch, Australian ODI skipper has confirmed Australia’s playing XI for the first ODI against India at Sydney Cricket Ground tomorrow.
India’s tour of Australia is inching towards to its end with one more series to go, the 50-over format. Virat and co will be looking to end their tour to Australia in a happy manner.
While Australians are in a tough situation to make a come back in to the series even at this format. Their recent records in this format are also poor as they lost the home series against South Africa recently.
With so many pressures on them, Australian skipper Aaron Finch has revealed their playing XI for the series opener of the three-match ODI series which starts tomorrow at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Peter Siddle is set to play his first ODI for Australia since 2010. Australia have named a new opening pair in the likes of Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja.Siddle, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff are the three front-line pacers, with Stonis fitting in as fourth pace option.
“For Sidds to go away and work on the skills that he’s brought to the table over the last couple of years in Big Bash cricket is outstanding,” Finch said. “He well and truly deserves his spot. Any tour you go on, Sidds is one of the first picked I would think for what he brings to the team and the skill set he brings.
Mentioning that Adam Zampa is unfortunate to miss out from the eleven, Finch said: “Adam’s very stiff to miss out on a game tomorrow. He’s performed reasonably well for us in the last little bit since he’s made his comeback. It’s unfortunate for him to miss but we feel those two [Nathan Lyon and Glenn Maxwell] together could play a really big part over the next six to 10 months.”
Australia playing 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