With pacemen Joel Paris and Scott Boland set for their international débuts, Australia has named a 13-man squad for the upcoming one-day series against India.
Steve Smith is captain, while batsmen Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Seamer Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood and George Bailey have been called up, all-rounder James Faulkner also returns to the squad after missing the recent series against England for disciplinary reasons, but test player Usman Khawaja has been left out, as have the veteran Shane Watson, Joe Burns and current Big Bash Twenty20 star Chris Lynn. Fellow test quick James Pattinson has also been left out as has the injured Peter Siddle. However, no specialist spinner has been included in the present announced squad.
The five-game series starts on January 12 at the WACA in Perth. The squad covers the first three games of the five-match series - in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. It will be the first time top-ranked Australia have faced India since they defeated the-then defending champions in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March.
Australia and India face off in the first ODI on January 12, 2016. India will play five ODIs against India starting in Perth on January 12, followed by Brisbane on January 15, Melbourne on January 17, Canberra on January 20 and Sydney on January 23. They will also play 3 T20Is till January 31.