Aussies won’t be left wondering in first ODI

Joel Paris in action for the West Australia Warriors in the Matador Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Joel Paris in action for the West Australia Warriors in the Matador Cup. Photo: Getty Images

With Mitchell Starc injured and Mitchell Johnson retired, Australia skipper Steve Smith is hoping Joel Paris is the next left-armer to make an impact on the international stage when the world's top two one-day sides go head to head in Perth today.

The West Australian will make his international debut against the Indians, with the captain saying the 23-year-old's left-arm swing in home conditions swayed selectors when choosing the final XI.

"Traditionally, we like to play a left-armer here who can use the breeze and move the ball, so hopefully he'll be able to do that for us tomorrow," Smith said yesterday.

"He's been very impressive in the Matador Cup in the last couple of years and in the Big Bash this year. We look forward to seeing how he goes."

Victorian Scott Boland is also given his chance after some top-quality performances for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League where he has taken six wickets at 20.83 in four matches.

"His (at-the) death bowling has been very impressive," Smith said.

"I think he hits a yorker as well as anyone at the moment.

"He's got a bit of pace to him so hopefully he can hurry up the Indian batters a bit.

"He's been impressive in the nets the past couple of weeks.

"He's hit the bat hard, bowled good areas and that's what you need to do out at the WACA."

Shaun Marsh and Kane Richardson missed out for Australia, with Smith praising Marsh's attitude after missing out on this game and also being dropped for the past two Tests against the West Indies.

"It's very difficult but Shaun's been exceptional," the captain said. "He hasn't whinged once, he's taken it on the chin and he's been great around the group."

The opening to the five-match series is the first meeting between the teams since last year's World Cup semi-final at the SCG.

As well as a huge crowd in Sydney, about 300 million fans watched on TV back in India.

Smith hit a century, while James Faulkner took three wickets as Australia romped to a 95-run win, ending India's title defence.

Despite the retirement of the likes of Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Johnson from that side, it is still expected to be a fiery encounter between the two teams.

Shane Watson is also missing from that team after falling out of favour with selectors, while no Indian who played in that semi-final defeat has quit and the tourists have three of the world's top-ranked ODI batsmen in Virat Kohli (2), MS Dhoni (6) and Shikhar Dhawan (7).

Fast bowler Bhuvenshwar Kumar has joined the Indian squad to replace Mohammed Shami, who injured his hamstring last week and will miss the whole series.


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