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Big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn is back in Australia’s Twenty20 side for the upcoming series against Pakistan, while Aaron Finch will captain the team.
Lynn has recovered from a shoulder injury and has been in sublime form in the JLT One-Day Cup, where he sits atop the runs scorers table with 452 runs in seven games for Queensland, which includes two centuries and three fifties, at an average of 75.33.
“Chris Lynn has responded well from his shoulder injury and was professional during his rehabilitation,” Australia head coach Justin Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “He’s had an outstanding campaign in the JLT Cup to date and reminded us how explosive and powerful a cricketer he can be.”
Finch captained Australia in the recent Twenty20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan, and Langer admitted that he was impressed with the 31-year-old’s leadership.
Continuing on the subject of leadership, Australia have opted to name two vice-captains in the form of Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey. Marsh is also one of Australia’s Test vice-captains with Josh Hazlewood.
“Firstly, I’d like to acknowledge Aaron, Mitch and Alex on being announced as the new captain and vice-captains of the Australian T20 squad,” Langer said. “They are outstanding young men and extremely talented cricketers. To be endorsed by their peers, and to then back it up with powerful presentations, just showcased their leadership qualities and vision for Australian cricket.
“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.
“As we outlined when he was selected as joint Test vice-captain last week, Mitch has experience captaining Australia A and WA, and he’s an extremely popular member of the team. He’s a very talented and humble young man who leads through his actions and shows genuine care for his teammates.
“Alex has great leadership qualities, and again we were really impressed with the way he presented to the interview panel. He already knows the role having held the vice-captaincy in the recent tour of Zimbabwe, and as a wicket keeper he has eyes behind the stumps which we believe is extremely beneficial to the team. He’s an elite professional who also backs up his words through his actions.”
Meanwhile, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is also back in the side after being overlooked for the ongoing Test series against Pakistan, while pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and spinner Nathan Lyon also made the cut.
Coulter-Nile has struggled with injuries as of late, and has not played a Twenty20 International since October 2017.
As for Lyon, he last represented Australia in the shortest format in January 2016.
“Nathan Coulter-Nile has done a terrific job to come back from injury,” Langer said. “He’s shown tremendous resilience and fight to get back into the form required to be selected in the Australian T20 side. He’s an excellent white ball bowler and provides us with another mature performer in the team.”
Spinner Adam Zampa is also in the side, while uncapped batsman Ben McDermott was selected as well.
McDermott starred in the last edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), where he scored 325 runs in 12 games for the Hobart Hurricanes, which included a half-century, at an average of 36.11.
He has also been in superb form while representing Tasmania in the JLT One-Day Cup as he has amassed 393 runs in six matches, which includes two centuries and two fifties, at an average of 78.60.
“Adam Zampa’s form with the white ball here in Australia and in the overseas T20 competitions over the past 12 months have been impressive, and he’s proven he can stand up and deliver on the international stage,” 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-match Twenty20 series between Australia and Pakistan begins on October 24 in Abu Dhabi.
Australia’s T20 Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Mitch Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Darcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.