Marsh believes Warner should continue to open the ODIs.

Marsh stated that he will not start the game.

Mitchell Marsh has dismissed suggestions that he might open the ODI innings for Australia ahead of the World Cup next month. Marsh opened the batting in 50-over cricket in India earlier this year and was successful in his absence of Warner.

Even when the veteran left-hander returned to the XI for the final ODI, he batted at No.4, with Marsh remaining at No.1. Given Marsh’s recent improvement with the bat across formats, there was speculation that he would continue to open, especially now that he has been named captain in the absence of regular skipper Pat Cummins.

“I expect to bat in the middle order,” Marsh told AAP ahead of the first One-Day International. “Things may change, but Davey is unquestionably one of the all-time greats of one-day cricket and white-ball cricket in general.” We have Travis Head and Australia’s best-ever all-rounder, so I dare to say I won’t be opening the batting.”

Australia’s XI for the first game of the series has been announced, with Marsh batting at No. 3 in place of Steve Smith, who is out with an injury. Both Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis make the XI, and the visitors are also set to field both keepers – Alex Carey and Josh Inglis. Despite being available with the group, Cummins is expected to miss the entire series as he recovers from an injury sustained during the Ashes.

Sean Abbott, who has been selected for the first time in the ODI World Cup, will play alongside Josh Hazlewood and the two spinners – Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar. After thrashing the hosts 3-0 in the T20I series, Australia’s ODI challenge will be more difficult, with South Africa welcoming back some big names. The first One-Day International (ODI) is scheduled for September 7 in Bloemfontein.

Australia’s playing XI for 1st ODI – David Warner, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh (C), Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa