Australia Rest David Warner, Recall Aaron Finch for New Zealand ODIs

Updated: 23 January 2017 16:59 IST

Cricket Australia decided to rest in-form David Warner and recalled Aaron Finch in the 14-man squad for the One Day International series in New Zealand from January 30.

Australia Rest David Warner, Recall Aaron Finch for New Zealand ODIs
Cricket Australia named Aaron Finch as David Warmer's replacement for the New Zealand ODIs © AFP

Cricket Australia on Monday decided to rest in-form David Warner and recalled Aaron Finch in the 14-man squad for the One Day International series in New Zealand from January 30."David has had a very big summer and will benefit from a break in cricket, both mentally and physically," interim national selector Trevor Hohns said. Vice-captain Warner is in the form of his life and was Man of the Match against Pakistan in Sydney on Sunday when he hit 130 off 98 balls, his 12th ODI century.

Hohns praised Finch's return to form in the Twenty 20 format.

"His form in the Big Bash League (BBL) has been very good and he has earned his recall," the selector said.

Finch said he had made some "slight technical changes" to his game and sharpened his mental approach which had led to him amassing 354 runs, including four fifties, in the BBL.

"I'm pretty comfortable with the changes that I've made. I'm also mentally in a better spot for the changes, and probably for being dropped.

"It gives you to time to reflect and analyse your game a little bit more in-depth than if you just roll from series to series," Finch said.

The selectors have also included Shaun Marsh, the only other change in the squad that won the one-day series against Pakistan 3-1 with a match left to be played in Adelaide on Thursday.

Marsh comes in for Usman Khawaja who is heading to Dubai early to prepare for the tour of India next month.

"This provides Shaun with a chance to get back into international cricket following his injury earlier in the summer," Hohns added in a statement.

The squad will depart for New Zealand on Friday with Australia currently holding the one-day Chappell-Hadlee trophy after beating New Zealand 3-0 at home late last year.

The matches are in Auckland on January 30, Napier on February 2 and Hamilton on February 5.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (capt), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

(With inputs from AFP)

Topics : Australia New Zealand David Warner Aaron Finch Shaun Marsh Cricket
Highlights
  • David Warner has been replaced by Aaron Finch
  • The first match of the series will be played on January 30
  • Shaun Marsh replaced Usman Khawaja in the 14-man squad
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