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Paine & Short Named In Australian Squads

08 May 2018

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) has confirmed a 15-player squad for the One Day International component of the Qantas Tour of England and a 14-player squad for the Qantas Tour of Zimbabwe featuring Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes stars Tim Paine and D'Arcy Short.

Australia's One Day International Squad:

Tim Paine (captain) - Tasmania (Tasmanian Tigers / Hobart Hurricanes)
Aaron Finch (vice-captain) - Victoria
Ashton Agar - Western Australia
Alex Carey - South Australia
Josh Hazlewood - New South Wales
Travis Head - South Australia
Nathan Lyon - New South Wales
Glenn Maxwell - Victoria
Shaun Marsh - Western Australia
Jhye Richardson - Western Australia
Kane Richardson - South Australia
D’Arcy Short - Western Australia (Hobart Hurricanes)
Billy Stanlake - Queensland
Marcus Stoinis - Western Australia
Andrew Tye - Western Australia

Australia's T20 International Squad:

Aaron Finch (captain) - Melbourne Renegades
Alex Carey (vice-captain) - Adelaide Strikers
Ashton Agar - Perth Scorchers
Travis Head - Adelaide Strikers
Nic Maddinson - Melbourne Stars
Glenn Maxwell - Melbourne Stars
Jhye Richardson - Perth Scorchers
Kane Richardson - Melbourne Renegades
D’Arcy Short - Hobart Hurricanes
Billy Stanlake - Adelaide Strikers
Marcus Stoinis - Melbourne Stars
Mitchell Swepson - Brisbane Heat
Andrew Tye - Perth Scorchers
Jack Wildermuth - Melbourne Renegades

Cricket Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns 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.”

The Cricket Australia Board has endorsed current Tasmanian Test captain and senior Hobart Hurricanes player Tim Paine as the One-Day captain for this series.

“Tim is a strong leader and will captain the side for this series, supported by vice-captain Aaron Finch.

“A decision on a permanent One-Day captain will be made in due course,” said Hohns.

The Hobart Hurricane's record-breaking batting sensation and West Australian player D’Arcy Short has been named in the One-Day squad for the first time.

Hohns said: “D’Arcy is relatively new to One-Day cricket but impressed us with his form in T20 cricket last season.

“He brings an all-round package to the side, with strong fielding and bowling skills and we believe he will combine very well with Aaron at the top of the order.”

New South Wales’ Nathan Lyon returns to the One-Day side, having last played for Australia against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2016.

“Nathan 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.”

South Australia’s Alex Carey has been included in the side having debuted for Australia against England earlier this year.

“Alex is a very smart One-Day player who can also bat anywhere in the order.

“With Tim Paine 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.”

Test pacemen Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were unavailable for selection due to injury.

Selectors have also named a 14-player T20 International squad for one game against England and the Qantas Tour of Zimbabwe following the English Tour.

The Cricket Australia Board has endorsed Aaron Finch as captain for this series, with Alex Carey to act as his vice-captain for the T20 International tour.

Queensland’s Jack Wildermuth and Mitchell Swepson are named in this side for the first time.

National T20 Selector Mark Waugh said: “The National Selection Panel hold Jack in high regard as a young player on the rise.

“He has shown excellent all-round skills at the first-class level, particularly with the ball in the Big Bash.

“We look forward to seeing what he can produce at the international level.

“Mitchell provides the captain with good variety and wicket-taking options.

“He competes very well and deserves his chance at this level,” said Waugh.

Nic Maddinson returns to the T20I side having last played for Australia against South Africa in Sydney in 2014.

“Nic has been selected off the back of a very good Big Bash season.

“He is a very talented player and with his batting skills, has the ability to be very dangerous in this format.”

South Australia’s Adam Zampa has been omitted from the One-Day and T20I squads.

Hohns said: “Adam hasn’t performed to the level we would have liked in recent times and we see this as a good opportunity for other spinning options to press their case ahead of the Cricket World Cup.”

The ODI captaincy is yet another remarkable step in Paine’s comeback story that now includes resurrection as a Tasmanian Tiger, a shock Ashes selection, stoic performances with both gloves and bat, and captaining his country at Test level.

Australia have two warm-up fixtures at Hove (June 7) and Lords (June 9) before starting their ODI campaign at The Oval on June 13.


Qantas ODI Tour of England:

Thursday, June 7: Warm-Up v Sussex, Hove (D/N)

Saturday, June 9: Warm-Up v Middlesex, Lords

Wednesday, June 13: First ODI, The Oval (D/N)

Saturday, June 16: Second ODI, Cardiff

Tuesday, June 19: Third ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)

Thursday, June 21: Fourth ODI, Durham (D/N)

Sunday, June 24: Fifth ODI, Old Trafford

Wednesday, June 27: Only T20, Edgbaston (D/N)


T20I Tri-Series in Zimbabwe:

Sunday, July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Monday, July 2: Pakistan vs Australia

Tuesday, July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Wednesday, July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Thursday, July 5: Pakistan vs Australia

Friday, July 6: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Sunday, July 8: Final