File photo of Australian white ball captain Aaron Finch© AFP
Australian skipper Aaron Finch confirmed on Thursday that Josh Inglis will make his debut in the upcoming first T20I of the five-game series against Sri Lanka. Australia and Sri Lanka will face each other on Friday in the first T20I at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Finch also confirmed that Inglis will compete at No. 3 for Australia in the first T20I.
Inglish will replace Mitchell Marsh in the lineup, while Ben McDermott will open the at bat in place of David Warner and these two are the only changes from the Australian side that won the T20 World Cup final last year, cricket.com reported. ouch.
Marsh and Warner have been rested from the series against Sri Lanka and Travis Head will be unavailable for the first three games as he will play Sheffield Shield for South Australia.
“Ben McDermott has had an incredible lead, so getting him to the top of the order was really crucial for us. And Josh Inglis was someone who was a little shaken by the order. His selection is a sign of how well he played the years, but also how great he was around the group at the T20 World Cup,” cricket.com.au quoted Finch as saying.
“He didn’t get the runs he would have liked during the Big Bash, as he has in the past. But he played slightly different roles. So it’s a great opportunity for him,” he added.
Australia plays XI for 1st T20I: Ben McDermott, Aaron Finch (c), Josh Inglis, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
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