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Australia reward in-form Chris Lynn with ODI spot

Aaron Finch was dropped due to poor form
Aaron Finch was dropped due to poor form

Australia selectors have included uncapped Queensland batsman Chris Lynn for the upcoming One-Day International series against Pakistan.

Lynn's inclusion comes at the back of his impressive performance in the ongoing Big Bash League where he tops the list for leading run-scorers with 309 runs from five matches at an average of 154 and strike rate of 177.

The 26-year-old has played five Twenty20 Internationals for Australia previously but yet to feature in the 50 over-format

Also picked in the squad is uncapped former Australia Under-19 fast bowler Billy Stanlake, who has picked six wickets from four matches for Adelaide Strikers at an economy of under seven.

Meanwhile, selectors have dropped experienced batsmen Aaron Finch and George Bailey from the squad after their poor run of form in the ODI series against South Africa and New Zealand.

Finch has managed just 53 runs from the last eight games at an average of 16 while Bailey has managed 74 runs at an average of 22 in the same phase.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann had words of consolation for the duo as he stated that the door is still pretty much open for them provided they get back among runs.

Speaking about Lynn, Lehmann admitted that it will be a challenge for the Queensland batsman to transform his form from T20 cricket to the 50-over format.

"Everyone loves what he's brought to the T20 format, now the challenge for him is to do that in the one-day format, which we know he can," Lehmann said.

"He's had some injury concerns in the past but he seems to be batting well and deserves his spot."

Australia and Pakistan are scheduled to play five ODIs between 13th and 26th January.

ODI squad for Pakistan series:

Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa

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