Australia’s XI for first ODI out; veteran pacer Peter Siddle makes an amazing comeback


The veteran Aussie pacer with a good record against India, played his most recent ODI back in November 2010, against Sri Lanka.

Peter Siddle in training at the SCG

Peter Siddle’s ODI comeback is finally done, as the veteran seamer has been named in Australia’s XI for the first Gillette ODI Series match against India at the SCG. Just around an hour ago, team skipper Aaron Finch confirmed his side, with Siddle to join Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon as the four specialist bowlers in the XI.

Finch will partner gloveman Alex Carey at the top of the order, with Usman Khawaja named to come in at No.3. Shaun Marsh follows Khawaja, with Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell rounding out the top seven.

Tomorrow’s match will be Siddle’s first one-day international in eight years having last played in the 50-over format for his country in November 2010, against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

“It’s something I’d probably forgotten about really,” Siddle said yesterday when asked about his surprise recall.

“I never thought I’d get the opportunity to play one-day cricket for Australia again. So yeah I feel like a young kid getting this first opportunity, so it’s pretty nice to get that phone call and be around the squad and have the potential to play an ODI after a long time away.”

Australia’s XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, and Jason Behrendorff.

India is yet to name their final XI for the game, and their 16-man squad looks like this:

India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.

Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, Dhoni, Kuldeep, Chahal and Bhuvi will definitely make it, and India will be looking to field in one/two more batsman, one bowling all-rounder and another bowler.

In case you didn’t know, the First ODI begins tomorrow (January 12) at the SCG, the venue of the drawn fourth Test. It will be a Day/Night contest, just like the games that follow, at the Adelaide Oval on January 15th, and the MCG on January 18th.

India enjoy an upper-hand in the tour so far, drawing the T20I series 1-1 before making history by clinching their first-ever Test series Down Under, by a margin of 2-1.


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