Australia have included Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh in a 16-man squad for the three-match ODI series that follows the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series. Both all-rounders are returning from a lengthy period on the sidelines with leg and ankle injuries respectively.
Maxwell and Marsh missed the entirety of the Big Bash League with injuries. The former broke his leg in a freak accident at a house party right after the T20 World Cup. Marsh, on the other hand, underwent keyhole surgery to his left ankle to remove loose bone fragments and repair cartilage.
Cricket Australia's national selectors have also welcomed back fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who missed the BBL finals with a hamstring injury, while Josh Hazlewood misses out with an Achilles injury picked up while running on the soggy SCG outfield during the New Year's Test against South Africa.
David Warner, who was recently ruled out of the final two Tests in Indore and Ahmedabad with an elbow fracture, has been picked in the Pat Cummins-led squad. As has Ashton Agar. who was released from the Test squad to feature in domestic cricket.
Australia ODI squad for India series: Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott
"With the World Cup just over seven months away, these matches in India are an important step in our preparation. Glenn, Mitchell and Jhye are all important players in what we think the squad might look like come October," chair of selectors George Bailey said.
"It would be great for Josh to be part of this series but we have taken a conservative view ahead of a very important winter in England of which he will be an integral part," Bailey added.
The three-match series set to be played in Mumbai (March 17), Visakhapatnam (March 19) and Chennai (March 22) rounds off a 50-day tour of India for Australia. They will potentially have a World Test Championship final to play in early June before partaking in the marquee the Ashes series.