On Friday, Cricket Australia announced that the opener Aaron Finch will be leading the squad for the upcoming T20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. However, Mitch Marsh and Alex Carey have been chosen as the deputy to him.
Finch, who captained Australia in the recent T20s in Zimbabwe, was among five debutants selected for the two-Test series before the short series. Talking about the same, coach Justin Langer said, “Aaron has already captained Australia in the recent T20s we played in Zimbabwe, and I’ve been extremely impressed with his impact on the Test squad over here in the UAE. We know he’s an exceptional player, and he’s arguably the most in-form T20 player in the world at the moment.”
Langer also elaborated that Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be returning from injury after getting back in form.
He explained, “Chris Lynn has responded well from his shoulder injury and was professional during his rehabilitation. He’s had an outstanding campaign in the JLT Cup to date and reminded us how explosive and powerful a cricketer he can be”
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Rising stars Adam Zampa and Ben McDermott have also been included in the squad after impressing in recent tournaments.
On the youngster, Langer said, “Ben McDermott is another young player who has been rewarded for taking his game to the next level. He’s put in the hard work to improve his strength and fitness, and there’s no doubt it’s been a key factor behind his impressive form in the JLT Cup. He’s performed well in the BBL, and he’s an outstanding young bloke.”
The three fixtures will be held in Dubai on October 24, 26 and 28.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Darcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.