Australia elect to bat in ODI against Sri Lanka

Last updated 16:36 11/01/2013

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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.

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