Finch to lead Aussie Twenty20 side again


Aaron Finch has been unveiled as Australia’s T20 captain ahead of the upcoming tour of the UAE series against Pakistan.

Finch will be supported by Mitch Marsh and Alex Carey who have been named joint vice-captains.

The trio headline the 14-man squad selected by the National Selection Panel for the three-game series which commences in Abu Dhabi on October 24.

Coach, Justin Langer, said the new captain and vice-captains were part of the same selection process used to identify the leaders of the Men’s Test team.

“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.”

“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.”

READ: Aussie Pat Howard’s churlish email after Bangladesh defeat revealed

Image result for alex carey cricket365

“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.”

“Chris Lynn has responded well from his shoulder injury and was professional during his rehabilitation. He’s had an outstanding campaign in the JLT Cup to date and reminded us how explosive and powerful a cricketer he can be.”

“Likewise, Nathan Coulter-Nile has done a terrific job to come back from injury. 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.”

“Adam Zampa’s form with the white ball here in Australia and in the overseas T20 competitions over the past twelve months have been impressive, and he’s proven he can stand up and deliver on the international stage.”

“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.”

T20 Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Mitch Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Tour of the UAE T20 fixture:

Game One – October 24 (8:00pm local time)
Pakistan v Australian
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Abu Dhabi

Game Two – October 26 (8:00pm local time)
Pakistan v Australian
Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Game Three – October 28 (8:00pm local time)
Pakistan v Australian
Dubai International Cricket Stadium