Handscomb called up as Finch's cover

Handscomb called up as Finch's cover

Handscomb called up as Finch's cover

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

Coulter-Nile is playing his first global match since June a year ago having battled a series of serious injuries.

Hilton Cartwright will make his one-day worldwide debut and Australia will bowl first in the first ODI against India in Chennai.

India could have been four down had skipper Steve Smith not put down a catch at second slip off the bat of star opener Rohit Sharma, this time off the bowling of Pat Cummins.

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". We're going to have a look again tomorrow at the wicket and see what's the best. It just depends on the conditions. The right-hander got a good piece of it and the ball went flying above Maxwell at point, who leapt in the air and threw his right arm above his head.

Smith could even opt for left-handed batsman Ashton Agar to fill in Finch's shoe as a pinch hitting probability, but the captain's statement seemed to express that Catwright will be the front-runner for the opening slot. Six alternatives have been tried and now both Smith and coach David Saker reckons that Travis is apot for the spot.

He would add: "It's important for someone in the top four to go on and make a big score and we've got the guys in there to do that".

Smith also revealed that the Aussies have a a good 30 ODI matches lined up prior to the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

"We had a chat about it the other day".

"As a team we always want to win major tournament".

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