As many as two individuals will be making their debuts for Australia when the Kangaroos take on India in the first ODI at Perth. The individuals are pacers Joel Paris and Scott Boland. The two were rewarded for their consistent performances in the Australian domestic circuit and finally find themselves in the reckoning after an injury to pacer spearhead Mitchell Starc.
The hosts are bound to exploit the bounce at Perth to the fullest as they have named an all-pace attack. Glenn Maxwell is the only slow bowling option in the playing XI, which has as many as five genuine pacers. Josh Hazlewood, Joel Paris and Scott Boland will the pacers while James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh will double up as all rounders.
“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 a day before the game. “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. “It’s a good opportunity for him and some other young quicks around the country. So it’s an exciting time for Joel to make his debut at the WACA.”
“His death bowling has been very impressive,” Smith said of Boland. “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. “All of our fast bowlers in this game can perform a role at the death. “It might be an instance of who’s bowling well on the day and a bit of a gut feel for who’s going to bowl the last couple of overs. “But they’re all aware and they’ve all been working on it so it’s a good luxury to have five fast bowlers who can do a job at the back end.”
Australia’s playing XI for the first ODI:
1. D. Warner 2. A. Finch 3. S. Smith 4. G. Bailey 5. G. Maxwell 6. M. Marsh 7. M. Wade 8. J. Faulkner 9. S. Boland 10. J. Hazlewood 11. J. Paris