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Pride on the line as top two teams go to battle

Aaron Finch.
Aaron Finch.

AUSTRALIAN opener Aaron Finch is confident the coming series of five one-day internationals against India can focus attention away from the Big Bash League which is drawing record crowds and television ratings.

With Australia ranked No.1 in the world in the 50-over format after winning last year's World Cup, and India No.2, Finch said there would be plenty of pride on the line.

"It (the rivalry between India and Australia) is very strong - I think we're both two very passionate teams," Finch said.

"India plays with a lot of excitement and with their hearts on their sleeve, and they're quite emotional, as we are.

"There's some great confrontation, which adds to the excitement of the game."

Finch strongly denied interest in the one-day format was on the decline with the success of the BBL.

"I think the World Cup we had here showed the game is in great hands," he said.

"The crowds that showed up for that World Cup were phenomenal. It was pretty special, so I think one-day cricket is still going unbelievably strong."

Finch said there was also plenty of excitement in the Australian camp with several new faces after the departures of Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson.

Pacemen Joel Paris and Scott Boland are two of the newcomers.

"When you've had a big turnover of players since the World Cup there's a lot of youth in the group, so there's a lot of excitement," Finch said.

"Joel Paris has shown some great potential and form when he's had the opportunity to play some Shield cricket, Big Bash and one-day cricket. He's an exciting prospect.

"And Scott Boland has been in the form of his career over the last 18 months.

"He's proved to everyone how effective he is on all different types of wickets."

For India, uncapped paceman Barinder Sran looks set to be called up for his international debut, with Mohammed Shami sidelined with injury.

Shami re-injured his hamstring in the warm-up of India's Twenty20 match against a Western Australia XI on Friday, his team winning that by 74 runs.

India also cruised to a 64-run win over the same opponents in a one-dayer on Saturday.

Shami has flown home, his place in the squad taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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