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Australia won the toss and chose to bat first in sunny conditions in Friday’s opening one-day international against Sri Lanka at the MCG.

Australia have rested opener David Warner, skipper Michael Clarke, vice-captain Shane Watson and wicketkeeper Matt Wade, while veteran Mike Hussey has been dumped after announcing this will be his final international season.

Australia’s top-order batsmen Phil Hughes, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja are all on debut. Ex-players Dean Jones, Mark Taylor and Michael Slater presented the three newcomers with their ODI caps.

It’s the most first-gamers Australia have fielded in an ODI game since January 1986 when Simon Davis, Dave Gilbert, Bruce Reid and 1999 World Cup-winning skipper Steve Waugh made their debuts.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene (386) has played more ODIs than Australia’s entire team (366).

Australia: George Bailey (capt), Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.

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