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India vs Australia 2017: Steve Smith drops selection hint ahead of first ODI in Chennai

India vs Australia 2017: Steve Smith drops selection hint ahead of first ODI in Chennai

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.

Peter Handscomb added to Australia squad as cover for Aaron Finch

Peter Handscomb added to Australia squad as cover for Aaron Finch

Finch aggravated a calf injury during training on Thursday. A scan later revealed that he would need to sit out the early part of the five-match series.

Aaron Finch doubtful for series opener against India

Aaron Finch doubtful for series opener against India

Finch injured his calf playing for Surrey in England six weeks ago. Since then, he has been working closely with physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in order to be fit for the series opener which would be played on Sunday in Chennai.

Aaron Finch ruled out of warm-up ODI game against Board President's XI

Aaron Finch ruled out of warm-up ODI game against Board President's XI

Another player, all-rounder Hilton Cartwright too is struggling with illness and a clarity that he would be playing the warm-up game against Board President's XI will come on Tuesday morning.

Board President's XI vs Australia, Preview: Visitors face rookies in tour opener

Board President's XI vs Australia, Preview: Visitors face rookies in tour opener

Australia skipper Smith and his deputy David Warner, who scored two centuries in Bangladesh, are the key batsmen for the side. Smith would hope that experienced Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and others also step up.

Australia's limited-overs specialists arrive in Chennai

Australia's limited-overs specialists arrive in Chennai

The 14-man team will be involved in an ODI series, followed by three T20 internationals against India, the first of which would be played at the M A Chidambaram stadium here, on September 17.

WATCH: Aaron Finch's brutal onslaught of 30 runs from 6 deliveries in NatWest T20 Blast

WATCH: Aaron Finch's brutal onslaught of 30 runs from 6 deliveries in NatWest T20 Blast

With those over-the-rope shots, Finch equalled his team's own record of seven sixes in a T20 match, which was previously held by Mark Ramprakash.

IPL 2017: Knuckle ball a powerful weapon for bowlers in this tournament, believes Aaron Finch

IPL 2017: Knuckle ball a powerful weapon for bowlers in this tournament, believes Aaron Finch

"It is a very good ball, it's something the fast bowlers have started to develop a lot," Finch said when asked about the knuckle ball.

IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions confident of winning five of next six matches, says Aaron Finch

IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions confident of winning five of next six matches, says Aaron Finch

Finch also said he and Suresh Raina were trying to get ahead of the run-rate so that in an eventuality of losing wickets, the remaining firepower of batting in the form of Dinesh Karthik and James Faulkner, could take charge get the winning runs.

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch demoralises Samuel Badree with 105m long six — WATCH

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch demoralises Samuel Badree with 105m long six — WATCH

His 72 off 34 balls helped the Lions chased down RCB's 134 with relative ease, winning the match by seven wickets.

IPL 2017, Match 31: Gujarat Lions steamroll Royal Challengers Bangalore, compound Virat Kohli's woes

IPL 2017, Match 31: Gujarat Lions steamroll Royal Challengers Bangalore, compound Virat Kohli's woes

Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers -- Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) -- to be reduced to 23-2 but Finch blasted 5 fours and 6 sixes in his scintillating 34 -ball 72-run innings as the visitors romped home with 6.1 overs to spare.

IPL 2017, Match 23: Brilliant Suresh Raina helps struggling Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets

IPL 2017, Match 23: Brilliant Suresh Raina helps struggling Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets

This is Gujarat's second win of the season which pushed Rising Pune Supergiant to bottom as five teams now are on four points.

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch misses crucial match against Mumbai Indians as his kit bag didn't arrive in time

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch misses crucial match against Mumbai Indians as his kit bag didn't arrive in time

Finch has reportedly left his kit bag in Rajkot and when it didn't turn up in time, the 30-year-old was replaced in the squad by Englishman Jason Roy.

IPL 2017, Match 13: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant — As it happened...

IPL 2017, Match 13: Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant — As it happened...

Gujarat Lions finally register their first victory this season in IPL, courtesy Andrew Tye's five-wicket haul and controlled batting performance.

 

IPL 2017: Afghan wonder boy Rashid Khan BAMBOOZLES Suresh Raina's Gujarat Lions — WATCH

IPL 2017: Afghan wonder boy Rashid Khan BAMBOOZLES Suresh Raina's Gujarat Lions — WATCH

His figures of 4-0-19-3 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict to 135.

Gujarat Lions – Suresh Raina & Co's star-studded batting line-up is a nightmare for any opposition

Gujarat Lions – Suresh Raina & Co's star-studded batting line-up is a nightmare for any opposition

With Champions Trophy scheduled to begin in June, the IPL 10 is a make or break situation for Suresh Raina, who has been out of the Indian team for quite some time.

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 5 wickets in a last bowler thriller in first T20I

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 5 wickets in a last bowler thriller in first T20I

Lasith Malinga played his first international match in 12 months and claimed two wickets in two balls and took a couple of catches 

Indian Premier League 2017: Gujarat Lions rope in Mohammad Kaif as assistant coach

Indian Premier League 2017: Gujarat Lions rope in Mohammad Kaif as assistant coach

Kaif had a great stint with both the Indian U-19 and the senior team. He is the first U-19 Indian captain to win the World Cup

WATCH: Lasith Malinga destroys Aussie batsman's stumps on T20 comeback with unplayable ball

WATCH: Lasith Malinga destroys Aussie batsman's stumps on T20 comeback with unplayable ball

Malinga played his last international match in June 2016 in an Asia Cup match against UAE in which he injured his knee.

NZ vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Ross Taylor, Trent Boult guide Kiwis to 24-run victory as black-caps clinch series 2-0

NZ vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Ross Taylor, Trent Boult guide Kiwis to 24-run victory as black-caps clinch series 2-0

New Zealand wrapped up an eighth consecutive bilateral one-day series win at home, and move up the third spot on the ICC ODI Rankings.