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Australia have announced that Tim Paine will be bestowed with the ODI captaincy, while Aaron Finch will take charge of the Twenty20 side.
Paine will captain the ODI team during their upcoming ODI series against England in June since regular skipper Steve Smith was banned for 12 months for his involvement in the ball tampering scandal that shocked the cricketing community.
Vice-captain David Warner suffered the same fate, while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.
In addition to this, Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.
As for Finch, he has been named vice-captain of the ODI side, but will assume the leadership role in the Twenty20 series that follows and during the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe.
It has also been confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey will be Australia’s Twenty20 vice-captain during the tours of England and Zimbabwe.
However, in regards to Paine, it is understood that his appointment is a temporary one as a full-time skipper will be named in the future.
“Tim is a strong leader and will captain the side for this series, supported by Aaron,” national selector Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “A decision on a permanent one-day captain will be made in due course.”
Explosive opening batsman D’Arcy Short, who took the recent edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) by storm, has earned a maiden call-up to the ODI side and is expected to open alongside Finch.
“D’Arcy is relatively new to one-day cricket but impressed us with his form in T20 cricket last season,” Hohns said. “He brings an all-round package to the side, with strong fielding and bowling skills and we believe he will combine very well with Aaron at the top of the order.”
Interestingly, big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn was not included in both squads, while Carey will play the back-up keeper role.
“Alex is a very smart one-day player who can also bat anywhere in the order,” Hohns said. “With Tim in the side Alex will be the back-up wicket-keeper, but we believe his game is strong enough to play as a batter only.”
Since the fast bowling duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are still recovering from leg and back injuries respectively, Josh Hazlewood will spearhead the pace attack, which also includes Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake.
As for the spinners, Nathan Lyon is back in the ODI side and will be joined by Ashton Agar, while leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson, who has yet to make his international debut, found a place in the Twenty20 squad.
“Nathan is our number one off-spinner and has excelled with the red ball, however he is not new to white ball cricket and deserves his chance to push for World Cup selection,” Hohns said. “England potentially have a number of left-handers in their side and we look forward to seeing what he can produce with the white-ball in English conditions.
“Adam [Zampa] hasn’t performed to the level we would have liked in recent times and we see this as a good opportunity for other spinning options to press their case ahead of the Cricket World Cup.”
Nic Maddinson and uncapped batsman Jack Wildermuth also made the cut for the Twenty20 team.
“(Selectors) hold Jack in high regard as young player on the rise,” Twenty20 selector Mark Waugh said. “He has shown excellent all-round skills at the first-class level, particularly with the ball in the Big Bash. We look forward to seeing what he can produce at the international level.
“Nic (Maddinson) has been selected off the back of a very good Big Bash season. He is a very talented player and with his batting skills has the ability to be very dangerous in this format.”
Australia’s ODI squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye
Australia’s T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth