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Australia has announced its playing XI for the first One-Day International, with Pat Cummins returning

Australia captain Aaron Finch has named his team’s playing XI for the opening ODI against Sri Lanka. The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium will host the first match of the five-match series. Finch has stated that Australian bowler Kane Richardson has been injured and will not be playing in the series since he has returned to Australia.

Mitchell Starc, the Express pacer, is also out of the game due to injury. Mitchell Marsh, the batting all-rounder, will also miss the first match owing to a calf injury. Senior pacer Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has been reinstated to the playing XI. Aside from Cummins, the starting XI includes pacers Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson.

The Australian squad management chose Ashton Agar’s experience over wrist-spinner Mitchell Swepson. Meanwhile, Alex Carey will handle the wicketkeeping duties. Marnus Labuschagne will also make his tour debut and will be looking to impress with his bat.

Australia will try to extend its dominance in the ODI series after winning the T20I series 2-1. However, the Sri Lankan team won the last T20I encounter by four wickets and will be buoyed by their performance.

The host team has recalled its outstanding hitter Bhanuka Rajapaksa to the ODI squad, and he might play in the series opener. The visitors appear to be quite strong on paper and will enter the series as favourites. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would want to give their all if they want to compete with Australia in the series. The first game of the series will take place on June 14th (Tuesday).