Australia’s ODI Squad for India Series Announced: Peter Siddle, Who Last Played in 2010, Returns
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Australia selectors have included some surprise names in the 14-man squad to take on India in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, starting January 12. 34-year-old fast bowler Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI in 2010, returns to the side. Apart from him, Australia have included Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh in the ODI squad as well. Ind vs Aus 2018-19 Schedule.

The selectors have dropped Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott and Ashton Agar who were part of the squad against South Africa. The trio of Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been rested as they played the four-match Test series.

"Travis Head, D'Arcy Short, and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia," Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying by Virat Kohli Booed at Sydney Cricket Ground During IND vs AUS 4th Test Match, Ricky Ponting Says, ‘Show Some Respect’

"With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we've recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad. Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over."

Australia ODI Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcu Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.