WICKET! Carey c Rohit b Kuldeep 24 (Australia 41-2)
WICKET! Finch b Bhuvneshwar 6 (Australia 8-1)
Australia to bat first!
Welcome to the First ODI between Australia and India!
And welcome to the SCG for it, on a stunning day. It is expected to be hot here this afternoon and the pitch looks as it should, so we should be in for tons of runs.
For Australia, this is just about last chance cafe in terms of finding a combination that can work for their World Cup defence in six months from now. They have been dreadful in this format of the game of late, winning just three of their last 21. Yes, Smith and Warner will help, but this problem started well before then.
To help with their major issue – losing wickets in the middle overs – Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja have been invited back to the engine room, alongside Shaun Marsh: experience all the way. Alex Carey, meanwhile, is up to the top of the list for the first time in 50-over internationals, partnering the captain Finch.
Victorians bash brothers Stoinis and Maxwell follow, the aim to get them as many overs in the final ten or 15 as possible rather than coming in too early. Then the bowlers, of which they have Behrendorff on debut, Siddle playing his first ODI since the Carter Administration and Jhye Richardson just 22 years old. The experienced spinner is Lyon, back for another crack ahead of the World Cup, a man they want in England.
I’ll be back with you shortly to talk about the visitors, but for the time being, please do get in touch on the email or tweet. There is a lot more riding on this three-game series than may appear obvious, so it’ll be worth tracking closely. Thanks for joining the OBO!