Smith however was insistent that Travis Head would be batting at number four leaving Cartwright the likely choice to open.
After the calf injury to Finch Australia called up middle-order batsman and occasional wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb with some speculating Travis Head may open with David Warner.
The conditions could hardly be more different, but Australia skipper Steve Smith insists his side's one-day worldwide tour of India will play an important role in defending the World Cup in England.
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
Coulter-Nile is playing his first worldwide match since June previous year having battled a series of serious injuries.
Speaking ahead of the match, Smith said: "We have got a spinning all-rounder, we've got all-rounders that take the pace off the ball and things like that". "I won't give too much away other than that". There might be a bit of rain around so it gives us a chance to have a look at that and then name our XI. And talkin g about the No. 4 spot, it has been real trublesome for the team since Gorge Bailey was dropped earlier in 2017.
He would add: "It's important for someone in the top four to go on and make a big score and we've got the guys in there to do that". Ergo, trials with various combinations could prove worthwhile for the selectors. "For us it is about trying to find the right group of players to fill all slots", he said.
"Hopefully this group here can go a long way to filling those spots and play some really good cricket in the next five (matches)". "It's another step towards that".