Australia call up Chris Lynn to ODI squad, Aaron Finch dropped
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 07/01/17 10:25am
Australia have called up explosive T20 star Chris Lynn to the one-day international squad for the first time.
Veteran batsmen George Bailey and Aaron Finch have been dropped with Lynn rewarded for his stunning performances in the Big Bash with inclusion in the squad for the five-match series with Pakistan.
Lynn clobbered 11 sixes in his unbeaten 98 from 49 balls for Brisbane Heat against the Scorers in Perth this week, taking his total to 26 sixes in the Big Bash this season. One of those, in an earlier match at the Gabba, was hit out of the stadium.
Australia coach Darren Lehman says the 26-year-old Lynn will now have an opportunity to perform on a bigger stage.
"He's exciting to watch, isn't he? Everyone loves what he's brought to the T20 format," Lehmann said.
"Now the challenge for him is to do it in the one-day format, which we know he can."
Overall, Australia made three changes to the squad that beat New Zealand 3-0 last month, calling in Lynn, Billy Stanlake and Usman Khawaja in place of former ODI captain Bailey, opener Finch and all-rounder Hilton Cartwright.
Khawaja is set to open alongside David Warner at the Gabba on Friday when the series against Pakistan begins.
ODI squad: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake