AUS v IND 2018-19: Australia announce their squad for the ODI series

The hosts have confirmed rest for their fast bowling arsenal playing in the Test series currently.

Quite a few changes have been made to the squad that played South Africa at the start of the summer | Getty

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been rested from Australia's 14-man squad for the three-match ODI series against India starting with the first game in Sydney on next Thursday, January 12. 

The one-day outfit that lost 1-2 to South Africa at the beginning of the summer has also seen an overhaul six months prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup with Travis Head, D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott as well as spin allrounder Ashton Agar getting dropped. 

Also missing out, surprisingly, is the explosive middle-order batsman Chris Lynn. While Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI in November 2010, Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja make a return. 

"Travis Head, D'Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia," Trevor Hohns, chairman of the selection committee was quoted saying by cricket.com.au

"With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we've recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad."

"Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, but he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over."

On the other hand, Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out after suffering lower back soreness recently from a side led that is led by Aaron Finch and includes vice-captain Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa. 

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa. 


By Kashish Chadha - 04 Jan, 2019

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