Labuschagne ready for ODI switch: Finch

Shayne Hope
In-form Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne is tipped to make a seamless transition to ODI cricket

Australia captain Aaron Finch expects Marnus Labuschagne's scintillating Test form to continue when he makes his ODI debut on the three-match tour of India.

Labuschagne rocketed up to third in the ICC Test batting rankings on the back of an Australian record 896 runs across five Test matches at home this summer.

His performances earned him a call-up to the national ODI squad for the first time, with the Australian travelling to India on Thursday to prepare for the series opener in Mumbai on January 14.

Labuschagne faces a tough initiation to the international limited overs arena against the world's No.2 ranked team in its home conditions.

But Finch is confident the 25-year-old Queenslander's red-ball form will translate in the limited overs format on the subcontinent.

"We know that he's not going to be overawed by the occasion," Finch said.

"He's come back into Test cricket after missing out at the start of the Ashes and he's been unbelievable, so hopefully he can continue that.

"The form that he showed in the (domestic) one-day games was outstanding.

"He's averaging up around 40 there batting at three, batting at four for Queensland on what's been a little bit tougher batting conditions over the last couple of years in domestic cricket.

"Playing on some slower wickets that spin quite a bit, to be able to come in and do that role really well for Queensland is obviously what's got him a place in the side, as well as his current form.

"I don't see why it wouldn't translate."

Australia made a string of changes to the ODI squad for this series and the selection of younger players such as Labuschagne could be viewed as a nod to the future from selectors.

But Finch insisted the door remained open for experienced batsmen Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, who were all axed after last year's World Cup in England.

"It's never closed, but when you're picking a side there has to be a spot there," Finch said.

"It just comes down to being in the right place at the right time and having the right match-up.

"You can only pick so many top-three batters."

Maxwell, who took a break earlier this season to focus on his mental health, sent a strong reminder of his ability in the Big Bash League on Wednesday night.

The power hitter thumped 59 runs off 37 balls to steer Melbourne Stars to a comfortable win over Sydney Thunder.

"People look at (that innings) and they see the results and all the big hitting, but the way he approached it last night was very clinical," Finch said of his Victoria teammate.

"He gave himself a bit of a chance early and then dominated late.

"Once he's in, you can't bowl to him anywhere. He's got an answer to everything."