1st ODI: Australia opt to bat vs India (Toss)

Saturday, 12 January 2019, 04:10 Hrs
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After winning the toss, Australian skipper Aaron Finch said, "I think the middle overs we have to get it right, we have identified that. We need to brush up there and improve."



He added, "I think we need to keep wickets in the back end. My form wasn't great during the Test series, but I went back and got freshened up after playing BBL.”



Indian captain Virat Kohli also said, "We would have batted first as well but a couple of players were inclined towards chasing.



Virat added, "It's a brilliant wicket to play on, with shorter boundary on one side. It's going to be an exciting chase as I am always inclined towards chasing."



Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first One Day International (ODI) of the three-match rubber at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Saturday.


For Australia, left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff will be making his ODI debut, while right-arm pacer Peter Siddle is making a return in 50-over cricket since November 2010.



On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli opted for the two spinners with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, who is coming back in the side, along with three pacers.



Playing XI:



India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed



Australia- Aaron Finch (Captain), Alex Carey (Wicket-keeper), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff



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