Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell
Alex Carey (L) and Glenn Maxwell (AFP Photo)

Australia‘s Alex Carey will resume wicketkeeping duties in the series opening first ODI against India on Saturday after missing the preceding T20I series. (READ: Last chance for India to iron out kinks before WC)

Confirming his return to the playing XI, Australia captain Aaron Finch also said that Carey will likely bat in the lower middle-order after having opened during the home ODI series against India earlier this year.

“Alex has done well when he’s had his opportunities and I know he was really disappointed missing out on the T20 games,” Finch said. “But Pete had done a good job for the Stars and gave us the luxury of playing that extra bowler as well, which was so important at the end of the day. Going forward, (the keeper) is probably likely to be in that middle-order, No.7 spot.”

Glenn Maxwell‘s excellent performance in the T20Is and his subsequent call for promotion in ODIs has found support from Finch. (READ: Aaron Finch’s 100th ODI – His five best innings)

“His two knocks here were unbelievable. Especially that last one, it was as good a T20 innings I’ve ever seen in terms of a big run chase, where the rate was always hovering around 10-11-12 which makes it difficult to manage your risk-reward scenarios. He’ll get an opportunity a bit higher up the order, no doubt.

Whole refusing to confirm Maxwell’s new batting spot, Finch said it will definitely be above No. 7. “His [Maxwell] record in India is very good, the way he played in Australia, even in the ODIs there was some really good improvement. So, whether that’s six, whether it’s five – I’m not exactly sure yet. But he’ll get an opportunity a bit higher than seven I’d imagine,” he said.