Melbourne: Australia will field debutants in their top three batting spots in Friday's one-day series opener against Sri Lanka in Melbourne, but captain George Bailey denied it was a second-string side. (File photo: Aaron Finch)
Bailey said on Thursday that Aaron Finch and Phil Hughes would open the batting, with left-hander Usman Khawaja coming in at number three.
Bailey will bat at number four in an inexperienced line-up that also includes allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who has only played four ODIs.
David Hussey and Brad Haddin add some experience to the middle order.