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Maxi set for ODI promotion, Carey to keep

Australia will opt for a reshuffled batting order in their first ODI against India, with Glenn Maxwell's wish of a promotion set to be granted.

Maxi set for ODI promotion, Carey to keep

Australia will opt for a reshuffled batting order in their first ODI against India, with Glenn Maxwell's wish of a promotion set to be granted.

GLENN MAXWELL of Australia celebrates scoring his fifty runs during game of the T20I Series between India and Australia at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on in Bangalore, India.
GLENN MAXWELL of Australia celebrates scoring his fifty runs during game of the T20I Series between India and Australia at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on in Bangalore, India. Picture:Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Alex Carey will retake the gloves in Australia's first ODI against India, while Glenn Maxwell's wish of a promotion up the order is set to be granted in Hyderabad.

Carey was left on the sidelines for both Twenty20s against India, with part-time keeper Peter Handscomb preferred throughout Australia's first limited-overs series win in more than a year.


Aaron Finch is yet to name an XI but has confirmed Carey will play the first one-dayer.

Shaun Marsh joined the squad early on Friday morning after the birth of his second child. But the veteran is not available, with the tourists keen to give his hamstring injury further time to recover.

Ashton Turner is expected to make his ODI debut, with D'Arcy Short set to return home after Marsh's arrival.

Australia haven't finalised a batting order but Maxwell, fresh from what Finch termed "as good a T20 innings I've ever seen", is set to bat higher than No.7.

Maxwell, speaking after an astonishing 55-ball knock of 113 not out in Bangalore, admitted he would like to bat higher in the one-day side after being demoted to No.7 during the home summer.

Coach Justin Langer on Thursday tersely noted "we'll do what's best for the team" but Finch confirmed the following day that Maxwell would get a chance higher up the order in Hyderabad.

"His two knocks here were unbelievable, especially that last one," Finch said.

"His record in India is very good. The way he played (recently) in Australia, even in the ODIs, there was some really good improvement.

"So whether that's six, whether it's five, I'm not exactly sure yet. But he'll get an opportunity a bit higher than seven, I'd imagine."

Carey, having opened during all three ODIs against India in January at home, is set to be demoted in a new-look batting order as Australia's plans for their World Cup defence start to take shape.

Finch has noted Australia's gloveman at the World Cup is likely to bat at No.7, seemingly suggesting selectors aren't keen to roll the dice on the left-field option of Handscomb keeping at the tournament.

"Alex has done well when he's had his opportunities and I know he was really disappointed missing out on the T20 games," Finch said.

"But Pete had done a good job for the (Melbourne) Stars and gave us the luxury of playing that extra bowler as well.

"With Davey (Warner) and Steve (Smith) coming back into the side when they're available - if they play well in the IPL, when they come back from injury, if all that goes well, then it's probably going to be that No.7 role."

Langer was non-committal when asked who would be keeping at the World Cup, saying "that's a long way off" and competition was healthy.

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