Jake Fraser-McGurk will make his ODI debut at the MCG

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There will be new faces when Australia takes on the West Indies in an ODI on Friday but hopeful cricket fans are unlikley to see boom Big Bash batter Jake Fraser-McGurk.

Temporary Australian captain Steve Smith couldn’t confirm the 21-year-old, who lit up the BBL for the Melbourne Renegades and was a late addition to the Australian squad for the three-match series, would fit in to the top order.

Despite being in red-hot form which he transferred to the T20 league in the United Arab Emirates after the BBL finished, Fraser-McGurk, who smashed a record 29-ball century for South Australia last October, could miss selection with out-of-form Test batter Marnus Labuschagne set to partner Smith in the middle order.

Fraser-McGurk lit up the BBL walloping 18 sixes, more than double any of his Melbourne Renegades teammates, in making a team-high 257 runs, at a strike rate of 158.64, to earn his national call-up.

But with Travis Head, Josh Inglis and possibly Cameron Green set to fill the top the spots, with boom-all-rounder Aaron Hardie and big-hitter Matt Short likely to take the other batting roles, Fraser-McGurk may have to wait for his opportunity.

Fast bowler Lance Morris is set to be unleashed and Smith said opportunity would come for Fraser-McGurk during the series with selectors “mix and match” across the three games.

“We’ll probably see some guys having an opportunity up top and mix and matching a little bit there with the guys

that we’ve got in the squad,” Smith said at the MCG on Wednesday.

“We’ve got some versatility there so yeah should be exciting

“I think it’s good to have some fresh faces around. It’s been a busy summer. Some of the (Test) boys are quite tired so it’s nice to have some new energy and fresh faces and yeah a few debutantes I dare say so it’s, it’s gonna be an exciting one.”

Having faced Morris, dubbed the ”wild thing” in the nets during recent tours, Smith was especially excited about what the fast bowler could bring among an attack which is without frontline quicks including Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Given the abundance of new faces in the squad, Smith said his role as skipper would be as much teacher as leader.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys so I guess just sort of teaching them the ropes coming into the Australian team for the first time and yeah, hopefully making their experience an enjoyable one,” he said.

“The West Indies have some good players. I think it’d be a good series and yeah, hopefully we can see some of these new players start off their international career as well.”

Victorian captain Will Sutherland is also in the squad, and selection could complete a full circle moment for him and Fraser-McGurk, who made their Victorian one-day debut together at the MCG in 2019,

Fraser-McGurk was only 17, and put on 95 runs with Matt Short, who will join him in Australian colours on Friday.