Perth Now – Alex Carey will open the batting in Saturday’s ODI series opener at the SCG, where a new-look Australian side will face India and attempt to restore some pride and confidence.


  • Aaron Finch has named his XI, with recalled batsmen Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb installed at No.3 and No.5 respectively.
  • The hosts, forced to overhaul their attack with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all rested, have called up Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Jhye Richardson.
  • “It’s just an opportunity to see Alex play in a position he’s done quite bit in Big Bash and one-day cricket,” Finch said.
  • “It’s still enough time to get it right and make sure, come that World Cup, that we are ready to go with a really balanced and settled side,” Finch said.
  • Australian XI: Alex Carey, Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.

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