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05-Oct-2018 04:21:00 GMT
Pakistan vs Australia, 2018-19, UAE

Ben McDermott earns maiden T20I call-up

Melbourne: Top order batsman Aaron Finch has been confirmed as Australia's captain for the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates later this month.

The captaincy completes a superb week for the aggressive right hander, who is in line to make his test debut against Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday after coach Justin Langer said he was a certainty to play.

The 31-year-old Finch has previously captained the side in Twenty20 internationals but was replaced in 2016 as Australia consolidated Steve Smith's leadership across all three formats.

Smith is currently serving a 12-month suspension for his role in a ball tampering scandal during a test match against South Africa.

Australia T20 Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Mitch Marsh (vice-captain), Alex Carey (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott (wk), D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Among the interesting announcements ahead of the three-match series, set for late October, are that Mitchell Marsh and wicketkeeper Alex Carey have been named joint vice-captains to Finch, and Ben McDermott, the 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has been called up.

The first Twenty20 international is in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 24, with the second and third games in Dubai on Oct. 26 and 28.

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