Handscomb included in Australia squad as cover for injured Aaron Finch

Handscomb included in Australia squad as cover for injured Aaron Finch

Earlier in the week, stand-in coach David Saker confirmed that Travis Head has been earmarked to fill the vacant the number four spot and with Finch's injury not series-ending, Hilton Cartwright may be used as a stop-gap opener until the swashbuckling opener is fit again.

Coulter-Nile is playing his first worldwide match since June past year having battled a series of serious injuries. He was however, dismissed for a second ball duck. "He has had a scan here and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence, he will not be available for the first few one-day matches in India".

"I'd say Travis will probably bat four", Smith said.

Smith is expecting large totals during the five-match series and has put the onus on his top order to produce a sizeable innings.

"We saw the last time we came here in 2013 it was a run-fest where 350 was around par".

Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile will lead the pace attack, the latter playing his first ODI in 15 months having been sidelined with injury.

All-rounder Travis Head will be in line for the No. 4 spot amid speculations of him coming out alongside David Warner as an opener; while Hilton Cartwright is all set to make a debut for the team from Down Under, hinted the Australia skipper Steve Smith.

India squad (first three ODIs): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

Right-handed batsman Peter Handscomb has been included in the Australia's ODI squad as a cover for injured Aaron Finch for the five-match series against India, beginning September 17 in Chennai.