Uncapped pacemen Joel Paris and Scott Boland will make their international debuts for Australia in the first one-day match against India in Perth on Tuesday.
The pair join Josh Hazlewood and fast bowling all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner in a pace-heavy attack at the WACA.
Having lost Mitchell Starc to foot injuries for the entire home summer and fellow left-armer Mitchell Johnson to retirement in November, Australia fast-tracked 23-year-old Western Australian Paris into the side after impressing in domestic limited overs cricket.
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Johnson and Starc enjoyed success at the WACA using the ‘Fremantle Doctor’, a dependable afternoon sea-breeze, to swing the ball into right-handed batsmen and Australia captain Steve Smith said that had come into calculations in picking Paris.
“Traditionally we like to play a left-armer here who can use the breeze and move the ball so hopefully he’ll be able to do that for us,” Smith told reporters in Perth on Monday.
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Boland, 26, was a surprise selection in Australia’s test squad against West Indies and impressed with a seven-wicket innings haul for Victoria state against Western Australia at the WACA in November.
“His death bowling has been very impressive,” Smith said.
“I think he hits a yorker as well as anyone at the moment. He’s got a bit of pace to him so hopefully he can hurry up the Indian batters a bit.”
Smith also said he hoped the WACA would be back to its traditionally fast and bouncy ways after it was widely criticised for being a batsman’s paradise during the recent test series against New Zealand.
Over 1,600 runs were piled on in the five-day draw, with six centuries scored.
“It looks a little bit soft at the moment under foot,” Smith said. “It’s obviously a day out from the game. We’ll wait and see how it looks tomorrow.
“But hopefully it’s got a bit more pace and bounce than the test match we played here.
“I guess the WACA and Gabba have been a fortress for us in one-day and test cricket for a while.
“Obviously it’s a bit different to what the Indians are used to back home. Hopefully we can exploit that early on.”
The Perth match is the first in a five-game series against India.