Peter Handscomb Flies in for Aaron Finch's Cover

Steve Smith says the coming one-day tour is part of the World Cup selection process
Steve Smith says the coming one-day tour is part of the World Cup selection process
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17 September, 2017

However, Smith didn't slip another word off his lips that could reveal the playing XI for the first match.

The conditions could hardly be more different, but Australia skipper Steve Smith insists his side's one-day global tour of India will play an important role in defending the World Cup in England. "He has had a scan in Chennai and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence, he will not be available for the first few one-day matches here in India", cricket.com.au quoted Kountouris as saying. He was however, dismissed for a second ball duck.

Cartwright was presented his maiden cap by former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee and will start his one-day career in the field after India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the match, Smith said: "We have got a spinning all-rounder, we've got all-rounders that take the pace off the ball and things like that".

Smith is expecting large totals during the five-match series and has put the onus on his top order to produce a sizeable innings.

Smith feels the Chennai surface is likely to be full of runs and highlighted the importance of big runs from the top order. "So if the wickets are the same you need someone to go on and make a really big score".

South Australian left-hander Travis Head has been earmarked to be the next permanent No. 4.

Australia captain Steve Smith has hinted that allrounder Hilton Cartwright could open the batting in place of the injured Aaron Finch in the first ODI against India.

Australian have called up batsman Peter Handscomb to join the one-day global squad in India as cover for injured opener Aaron Finch, Cricket Australia said yesterday.


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