Tim Paine and Aaron Finch to lead Australia squads in England
Last Updated: 13/05/18 10:17pm
New Test skipper Tim Paine has been handed the captaincy for the one-day international leg of Australia's tour of England next month.
Following the suspension of former captain Steve Smith and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, Paine has been handed the 50-over reins, while opener Aaron Finch will lead the T20 side.
Paine was a somewhat surprising selection as wicket-keeper for Australia's Ashes-winning squad last winter and now finds himself captain of both the Test and one-day squads.
Cricket Australia have announced a 15-man squad for the five-match ODI series, which starts at the Oval on June 13, with veteran batsman Shaun Marsh and spinner Nathan Lyon - who has not featured in a white ball international since 2016 - handed recalls.
Western Australia all-rounder D'Arcy Short is named in an ODI squad for the first time but injury has ruled out seamers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
Young South Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey will be the vice-captain of the T20 squad and could play as a specialist batsman in the one-day matches.
Following the one-day series, the T20 squad will play England in a one-off match before a T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe.
Uncapped Queensland pair Mitchell Swepson (leg spinner) and Jack Wildermuth (all-rounder) are new names in the T20 squad.
It is Australia's first selection since Justin Langer replaced Darren Lehmann as head coach and Cricket Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said that Paine's appointment as ODI captain for the series did not mean he would be handed the role on a permanent basis.
He said: "We have selected a 15-player squad as we push forward in our preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England in 2019.
"Obviously, these are the conditions we will face during the tournament, so now is a perfect chance to give these players an opportunity to press their case for selection.
"Tim is a strong leader and will captain the side for this series, supported by Aaron (Finch, vice captain).
"A decision on a permanent one-day captain will be made in due course.
"Nathan (Lyon) 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.
"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.
"Alex (Carey) is a very smart one-day player who can also bat anywhere in the order.
"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."
Ashton Agar gives Australia another spin option in both formats while Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake will jostle for ODI seam bowling spots.
Hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn misses out on both squads, as does leg spinner Adam Zampa.
Australia ODI squad: Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcuis Stoinis, Andrew Tye
Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth.