Australia elect to bat in ODI against Sri Lanka

Last updated 16:36 11/01/2013

Relevant offers

Cricket

Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder propel their English sides to Twenty20 victories NZ Cricket block Tim Southee temporary deal with English county side Northants Black Caps bowler Mitchell McClenaghan injures pelvis playing in English T20 league Black Caps allrounder Grant Elliott lands Caribbean Premier League deal Anil Kumble named as Indian coach in bold selection Case of mistaken identity almost had Ross Taylor talking football on Sky Sports UK Australians march into ODI tri-series final with Windies victory Liam Plunkett hits last-ball six as England tie with Sri Lanka Disgraced Pakistan bowler Mohammad Asif returns to cricket with Norway club side India thumps Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to level T20 series

Australia captain George Bailey has won the toss and elected to bat in the first of five one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.

Although the first three members of the Australian batting order are making their one-day international debuts, Bailey chose to take advantage of a hard, dry pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Openers Phillip Hughes and Aaron Finch, and No. 3 Usman Khawaja are all making their debut for the Australia ODI team, the largest contingent of newcomers has fielded in a one-day match since 1996.

Fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera was passed fit for Sri Lanka, which have won their last three ODIs against Australia in Melbourne. Ajantha Mendis was also named to play his first one-dayer for Sri Lanka in a year.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content