Handscomb in for Finch

Steve Smith says the coming one-day tour is part of the World Cup selection process

Steve Smith says the coming one-day tour is part of the World Cup selection process

Travis Head was his option, but the skipper put him at No. 4 keeping the possibility for Catwright to open alongside Warner.

Australian have called up batsman Peter Handscomb to join the one-day worldwide squad in India as cover for injured opener Aaron Finch, Cricket Australia said yesterday.

"He has had a scan in Chennai and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence he will not be available for the first few one day matches here in India".

Batting all-rounder Hilton Cartwright will make his ODI debut against India on Sunday.

Coulter-Nile is playing his first global match since June a year ago having battled a series of serious injuries.

Speaking from Chennai Smith said: "I'd say Travis will probably bat four". There might be a bit of rain around so it gives us a chance to have a look at that and then name our XI. The right-hander got a good piece of it and the ball went flying above Maxwell at point, who leapt in the air and threw his right arm above his head.

Cartwright opening would preserve a left-right opening partnership with other candidates like Head and Ashton Agar being left-handed.

"It's important for someone in the top four to go on and make a big score and we've got the guys in there to do that", Smith said "We saw the last time we came here in 2013 it was a run-fest where 350 was around par".

"We had a chat about it the other day".

"Hopefully this group here can go a long way to filling those spots and play some really good cricket in the next five (matches)".

As a team we want to win major tournaments and we are always looking ahead to ensure we are in the best possible position to do so. "It's another step towards that".