Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey named deputies to Aaron Finch in Australia’s T20I squad
Justin Langer on Alex Carey: "Alex has great leadership qualities." @Getty

Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey have been elevated to the status of vice-captain of Australia’s Twenty20 international squad, led by Aaron Finch, for three matches versus Pakistan in the UAE.

The 14-man squad sees Ben McDermott, son of former Australia pace bowler Craig, win a maiden call-up on the back of a strong run of form for Tasmania in the ongoing JLT One-Day Cup. Scores of 56, 117, 28, 102* and 76 have put the 23-year-old at second in the run charts behind Chris Lynn  who has been recalled to Australia’s T20I squad. McDermott turned the selectors’ heads during the last Big Bash League, hitting 114 from 52 balls on the way to a tournament strike-rate of 145.78, which Australia’s head coach Justin Langer acknowledged while unveiling the T20I squad.

“Ben McDermott is another young player who has been rewarded for taking his game to the next level. He’s put in the hard work to improve his strength and fitness, and there’s no doubt it’s been a key factor behind his impressive form in the JLT Cup. He’s performed well in the BBL, and he’s an outstanding young bloke,” said Langer.

Chris Lynn is the leading run-getter in the JLT One-Day Cup
Chris Lynn is the leading run-getter in the JLT One-Day Cup. @Getty

Lynn, having recovered from a niggling shoulder injury, has racked up 437 runs in six One-Day Cup innings for Queensland, which include two hundreds and three fifties at a strike-rate of 118.10.

Also included are the offspinner Nathan Lyon, who last played a T20I in January 2016, and the rehabilitated pace bower Nathan Coulter-Nile, back from a series of back injuries after 12 months away from international cricket. The legspinner Adam Zampa has also been recalled after last featuring in a T20I in February, with success in the Caribbean Premier League and the One-Day Cup.

Finch has captained Australia in 15 T20Is since 2014, most recently leading them to the final of a tri-series in Zimbabwe in July where they were beaten by Pakistan. The wicketkeeper-batsman Carey, 27, has been elevated to a leadership role after just 11 T20Is alongside Marsh, who was last week named as one of the Test team’s vice-captains.

Speaking on the appointment of the new T20I skipper and pair of deputies, Langer said: “They are outstanding young men and extremely talented cricketers. To be endorsed by their peers, and to then back it up with powerful presentations, just showcased their leadership qualities and vision for Australian cricket Aaron has already captained Australia in the recent T20s we played in Zimbabwe, and I’ve been extremely impressed with his impact on the Test squad over here in the UAE. We know he’s an exceptional player, and he’s arguably the most in form T20 player in the world at the moment.

“As we outlined when he was selected as joint Test vice-captain last week, Mitch has experience captaining Australia A and WA, and he’s an extremely popular member of the team. He’s a very talented and humble young man who leads through his actions and shows genuine care for his teammates.

“Alex has great leadership qualities, and again we were really impressed with the way he presented to the interview panel. He already knows the role having held the vice-captaincy in the recent tour of Zimbabwe, and as a wicket keeper he has eyes behind the stumps which we believe is extremely beneficial to the team. He’s an elite professional who also backs up his words through his actions.”

The three T20Is between Australia and Pakistan will be played after the Test series starting Sunday. The first T20I is on October 24 in Abu Dhabi followed by games in Dubai on October 26 and 28.

Australia T20I squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Mitch Marsh (v/c), Alex Carey (v/c), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Darcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.