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VICTORIA BITTER ODI SERIES V INDIA

Paris shock for Aussie ODI squad

04 January 2016

Uncapped WA left-arm quick Joel Paris called up for squad to face India in five-match series

Uncappped fast bowlers Scott Boland and Joel Paris are in line for their international debuts after being named in the Australia squad for the first three matches of the upcoming ODI Series against India.

Test quick Josh Hazlewood has been named, the sole member of Australia's fast-bowling group from their successful World Cup campaign last year, while South Australia's Kane Richardson has also been included.

It was expected that Hazlewood would be rested from the start of the five-match Victoria Bitter ODI series because of the heavy workload through a six-game Test summer.

But with his Test new-ball partner James Pattinson excluded from the 13-man squad for the opening games in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, it is anticipated Hazlewood wil be given a break later in the campaign to refresh before the ODI and Test tour of New Zealand in February. 

WATCH: Hazlewood's takes five against Proteas

Test batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns were also not included in the ODI squad that will assemble in Perth on Friday, with Australia’s T20 skipper Aaron Finch, former T20 captain George Bailey and recently-dropped Test batsman Shaun Marsh all named in the top-order

As expected, Victoria's Matthew Wade will take over the wicketkeeping role from Peter Nevill while the fact the first three matches are being played on pace-friendly pitches at the WACA, the Gabba and the MCG means no specialist spinner has been selected.

If slow bowling options are required, Glenn Maxwell – one of three all-rounders in the squad along with Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner – will fill the role with the possibility of skipper Steve Smith also sending down a few overs of his occasional leg breaks.

There was no room in a star-studded batting line-up for Chris Lynn, the big-hitting Brisbane Heat star who is the KFC Big Bash League's leading run-scorer.

Lynn underlined his Twenty20 credentials last night with an important 75 from 32 balls as the Heat toppled the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba. He now has 287 runs at 71.75 with one century and two fifties from five matches, all at a strike-rate of 175.

Paris, 23, is a highly-rated quick from Perth who announced himself with a standout performance for the Warriors in the 2014 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup. The rest of his 2014-15 season was ruined by injury, but he returned this summer and impressed with 14 wickets in two Sheffield Shield matches, the first of his career. Paris has three wickets in BBL|05 at 45.33 with an economy rate of 8.5. 

WATCH: Paris bags six in Shield clash

Boland, who was included in Australia's Test squad for the Boxing Day and New Year's Tests against the West Indies, has been a standout bowler for Victoria in both one-day and Shield cricket.

"Scott has continued to impress the selection panel, having bowled very well for Victoria this year," said national selector Rod Marsh. "He certainly deserves this chance at the top level.

"Joel is an exciting young left-arm bowler who swings the ball well and has bowled beautifully in the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers. He has had very good figures in short-form cricket and we really want him to make the most of this opportunity."

Richardson, who played eight ODIs between 2013 and 2014, returns to the squad for the first time since the series against South Africa at the start of last summer.

"Kane has had a taste of cricket at the international level and although that has been interrupted on occasions through injury we think he is ready to perform consistently for Australia," Marsh said. 

WATCH: Richardson breaks Bulls with five wickets

Allrounder James Faulkner returns having missed the recent series in England for disciplinary reasons, while Shaun Marsh is back following his good recent form in both Test cricket and the KFC Big Bash League.

Allrounder Shane Watson has not been selected, while other changes from Australia's last series - against England in September - include the injured Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Patrick Cummins, while fast bowler John Hastings was not selected. 

Paris, Boland, Richardson, Marsh and wicketkeeper Wade are the only members of the squad who were not part of the World Cup last year.

The first of five matches is at the WACA Ground on January 12. Matches in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney will follow.

The squad will assemble in Perth on Friday 8 January. It will be revised for the two final VB Series matches in Canberra and Sydney, with the 50-over games to be followed by three KFC T20 Internationals in Adelaide (on Australia Day), Melbourne and Sydney.

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India will play two warm-up matches in Perth against a Western Australia XI to open their tour. They play a T20 match on 8 January and a 50-over match the following day. Both matches will be streamed LIVE on cricket.com.au and the CA LIVE app, thanks to Optus Sport.

Additional reporting by Martin Smith

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Andrew Ramsey is the senior writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for the Guardian, The Australian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Hindu and Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and the author of The Wrong Line.

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