Gillette ODI Series v India

Behrendorff to start his World Cup push

Skilful left-armer set to make his one-day debut for Australia against India at the SCG

Sam Ferris

11 January 2019, 05:14 PM AEST

It's hard to imagine a fast bowler who stands close to two metres can fly under the radar, but Jason Behrendorff has done just that as he prepares to make his one-day international debut tomorrow.

Behrendorff will become the 227th player to represent Australia in ODI cricket when he takes the field on Saturday for the first Gilllette ODI Series clash against India at the SCG.

The towering left-armer has played five T20 internationals, including two against India at the start of their long tour of Australia in November. 

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He gets an opportunity to push for a World Cup spot after Cricket Australia opted to rest start fast-bowling trio Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for the three-match series ahead of two Domain Tests against Sri Lanka. 

Having battled his way back from recurring back injuries, Behrendorff and Western Australia made the decision in the off-season to forgo the first half of the JLT Sheffield Shield season to focus solely on white-ball cricket.

The move has paid off for the 28-year-old, who earned a T20I call-up against India and is now set to make his 50-over debut alongside state teammate Jhye Richardson.

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"It's something that's worked and paid dividends so far, with focusing on the short format at the moment, giving my body a chance to adapt and get used to that," Behrendorff said last week.

"To get picked for Australia in the ODI format is excellent."

Behrendorff enters tomorrow's fixture having taken seven wickets in six matches for Perth Scorchers in the KFC BBL this summer and an excellent T20 record under his belt. 

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Despite the change of formats, Behrendorff said his approach will largely stay the same.

"My main game plan is to swing the new ball up front and look to attack the stumps and take wickets,” he said.

"I presume that will be my role in the ODI setup. So looking to do that and throughout the middle do whatever I need to do for the team, hit a good length and work through the middle."

Gillette ODI Series v India

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa

India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

First ODI: January 12, SCG (D/N)

Second ODI: January 15, Adelaide Oval (D/N)

Third ODI: January 18, MCG (D/N)