Australia select BBL stars for T20I tri-series

Australia have chosen outstanding performers in the Big Bash League (BBL) for the T20I tri-series against England and New Zealand that starts on 7 February.

The only member of the Test side in the squad is opening batsman David Warner who will captain a team made up of the players who have excelled in the ongoing domestic franchise tournament.

Selected in the Australia T20 squad for the first time are Sydney Sixers fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis, Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper Alex Carey and Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short.

Regular skipper Steve Smith has been rested while none of the Test squad, besides Warner, will be available for the series as they will leave early for South Africa to prepare for a four-match Test series.

Chief selector Trevor Hohns said: “Steve has had a very big summer and will benefit from a short break both physically and mentally, before he leaves for South Africa.

“David is a very capable leader and has captained in Steve’s absence before and done a fine job. We wanted to ensure the T20 side had key leadership throughout this Series and we know the team is in good hands with him at the helm.”

“We have selected a very strong batting line-up with some heavy hitters.

“With some players currently injured and our frontline quicks heading to South Africa it gives a great opportunity to some of the young pace-bowlers who have been selected to make their mark on the international stage.”

Chris Lynn has also been included in the squad and is tracking well in his return from injury and is due to play for the Brisbane Heat in their next game on January 27.

Australia squad for T20I tri-series: David Warner (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa