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Ind Vs Aus 1st ODI: Aaron Finch Announces Playing XI, Siddle Makes A Comeback After 8 Years

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| January 11 , 2019 , 13:21 IST

Ahead of the 1st ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) the hosts Australia have announced their playing XI. The big news was the return of Aussie pacer Peter Siddle who is all set to play his 1st ODI after 8 years.  

Australia's captain Aaron Finch confirmed the Australian side on Friday. Alex Carey is set to open the batting alongside his skipper in the new-look ODI team that also featured Usman Khawaja being drafted into the side.

The hosts had lost their last 50-over fixture at home to South Africa in November, had named a much-changed squad for the India ODIs with fast-bowling trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all rested.

The 34-year-old fast bowler will be a part of a three-man pace attack at the SCG, Coincidently the venue of his last ODI appearance, against Sri Lanka which came way back in November 2010.

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Speaking to media Siddle after the announcement of the team said, "With those World Cup spots up for grabs for a lot of people, you definitely see the best come of a lot of blokes. You are playing against one of the best one-day teams in the world."

However Australian team are without their star player Warner and Smith but the 34-year-old pacer believes this will be a good opportunity to test new options.    

"We may not be at full strength, missing a few players we’d probably like to have for the World Cup, but at the same time it’s opportunities. I never thought i’d get the opportunity to play one-day cricket for Australia again. I’d probably forgotten about it really ... I feel like a young kid getting his first opportunity", the Victorian added

Australia's 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.