Marnus Labuschagne was given the ODI No.229 cap after his place was confirmed in the final XI for the opening match of Australia against India, with Aaron Finch winning the draw and choosing to throw.
Labuschagne was told the news days after Mumbai’s confrontation, with interim coach Andrew McDonald and Captain Finch opting for the Queenslander over Victorian Peter Handscomb.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh, who is in India filming a documentary, presented the cap to the last Australian starter.
Australia’s new test hero will hit n. 4 behind Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith, the impressive 25-year-old selectors in the period leading up to the opening game of the three-game series.
Labuschagne’s presentation makes him the first Australian debutante since Ashton Turner on the same tour less than 10 months ago, and Turner is likely to hit at six in Mumbai.
Labuschagne had an impressive performance in the first fall for the Bulls in the Marsh One-Day Cup last year, registering 364 runs at an average of 60.66 and a strike rate of 100.55.
The South African-born hitter will have a baptism of fire, against the world’s top ranked ODI bowler in Jasprit Bumrah, a task he is ready to face.
“They are the toughest opponent in the world right now in any format, so being able to play on their own ground will be a real challenge and it’s exciting,” said Labuschagne.
“As a player, you want to play against the best and render against the best and there is no better place to do it in India against India.”
Australia has not played a game of more than 50 since last year’s ICC World Cup in the United Kingdom, where they reached the semifinals.
Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon appeared in the losing semifinal against the eventual England champions.
They have been replaced by Labuschagne, Turner, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, who surpassed Josh Hazlewood.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shereyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravi Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia Qantas ODI Tour of India 2020
Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa
India Squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Sham, Sham, Sham, Sham, Sham, Sham, Sham .
First ODI: January 14, Mumbai (D / N) (Fox and Kayo)
Second ODI: January 17, Rajkot (D / N) (Fox and Kayo)
Third ODI: January 19, Bangalore (D / N) (Fox and Kayo)