Finch opts to bat first in ODI opener

Aaron Finch has opted to bat first in Australia’s ODI series opener against India at the SCG.

Finch, who named his XI on Friday, confirmed Alex Carey will open the batting and Jason Behrendorff will make his ODI debut while fellow quick Peter Siddle plays his first ODI since 2010.

Virat Kohli admits the absence of allrounder Hardik Pandya, who was sent home amid a sexism scandal resulting from comments he made on a talkshow, has upset the balance of India’s XI.

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