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Aaron Finch named Australian captain for T20I series against Sri Lanka

Aaron Finch also led Melbourne Renegades in the recently concluded Big Bash League
Aaron Finch also led Melbourne Renegades in the recently concluded Big Bash League
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Victoria batsman Aaron Finch has been announced as the skipper of the Australia team for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka which begins next month.

With the dates colliding with the start of Australia's Test tour of India, the selectors have made it clear that the squad selected for the longer format will not feature in the series against Sri Lanka which means Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh will not feature in the three-match clash against Angelo Mathews' men.

Finch already has the experience of leading the T20I side but injuries and poor form led to Smith taking in charge of the Australian side in the World T20 in India last year.

The 30-year-old also captained Australia in the first One-Day International against New Zealand in Auckland in the place of Matthew Wade, who withdrew from the game late due to injury.

Admitting the big names will be missed, Finch looks this as an exciting opportunity for the younger talents, who performed well in the recently concluded Big Bash League T20.

"It's very exciting to be back and leading the side in Steve's absence," said Finch.

"It's been a roller coaster from being captain leading up to the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2016), being injured and then Steve taking over the reins for that tournament but it's something that, any time you get the chance to captain your country in any format, you're very chuffed about.

"We'll be missing some big names, some of the biggest in world cricket, but you can't dwell on that and it will be a fantastic opportunity for guys who've performed well in the KFC Big Bash League to push their case for further inclusion, and inclusion in the other formats too."

The selectors are expected to name the squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

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