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Changes expected as Marsh makes his return to side

Rick Rycroftaap

ALL-rounder Mitch Marsh is expected to make his debut for Australia in the triangular one-day series against India at the SCG today.

Marsh is one of five players to have had issues with hamstring injuries in recent times.

Skipper Michael Clarke has been the worst of those and is still undergoing rehabilitation after surgery late last year.

All-rounder Shane Watson missed Friday night's thrilling win against England in Hobart and will again be sidelined today, while opening batsman David Warner, who also missed that match, is expected back against India.

Like Marsh, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is yet to play in the series, but selectors have indicated he will be considered for Sunday's final in Perth.

With Australia having already booked its place in the final, selectors are expected to bring back spinner Xavier Doherty and paceman Josh Hazlewood.

And after sitting out the last game thanks to a one-game suspension for a slow over-rate in the previous match against India, George Bailey will also return.

Averaging just 23 in his past 19 innings, and failing to pass 50 in 12 of his past 13 games for Australia, Bailey (pictured) admitted he was under pressure to keep his place with Clarke hoping to return by game two of the World Cup.

"You're scoring runs or you're not scoring runs - you get picked or you don't. It's a really basic equation," the Tasmanian said.

"If Pup (Clarke) is there, one of the batsmen makes way. If it's me or someone else that's how it is."

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