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Labuschagne earns maiden ODI call-up for India tour
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Labuschagne earns maiden ODI call-up for India tour

Marnus Labuschagne could possibly make his one-day international debut during the upcoming tour of India after being included in the revamped 14-man squad for the three-match series.

Labuschagne has been in the midst of a supreme run of form in Test cricket that has seen him overtake compatriot Steve Smith to become the leading run-getter this year.

The 25-year-old batsman racked up three centuries in his last four innings, narrowly missing out on the record of three 150-plus scores on the trot.

In addition to his red-ball prowess, Labuschagne has been excelling for Queensland in one-dayers, registering 364 runs across six games at an average of 60.66 in this year's Marsh Cup.

Chief selector Trevor Hohns asserted his confidence in Labuschagne's abilities to perform in India, where Australia emerged triumphant in their last ODI challenge.

"Marnus Labuschagne is ready for his international white-ball debut after his strong form for Queensland in this form of the game," he said.

Meanwhile, there has been a spate of changes introduced in Australia's squad from the one that faced a semi-final exit in the ICC World Cup.

Paceman Sean Abbott, who has a solitary ODI appearance to his name, returns to the team whereas Ashton Agar and Josh Hazlewood have also made a comeback.

Power-hitter Ashton Turner missed out on grabbing a spot in the World Cup squad following his heroics in Indian conditions but he too has been recalled.

"The performance of our white-ball squads has been strong and we are hoping to build the momentum towards the T20 World Cup at home at the end of the year and ultimately build towards the 2023 World Cup in India," Hohns said.

Some of the high-profile stars left out include Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell, who returned to the game after a short break owing to mental health concerns.

Australia's new-look team will be under the tutelage of assistant coach Andrew McDonald with head coach Justin Langer opting out of the assignment.

The first ODI between the two sides will commence on January 14 in Mumbai.

Australia squad

Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa