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Finch to lead A-team against Lions
14:40 AEST Thu Feb 7 2013

Opener Aaron Finch has been named Australia A captain ahead of Tim Paine while selectors have also put a reinvigorated Shaun Marsh back into their 50-over plans.

Australia's selection panel has looked ahead to the 2015 World Cup by choosing the strongest available 12-man squad to play a five-match one-day series against the England Lions this month.

As well as Victorian power-hitter Finch, the squad includes current Australian one-day team members Ben Cutting and Adam Voges.

Former international batsmen Marsh and Callum Ferguson are back in the selectors plans as well as wicketkeeper Paine, bowling allrounder John Hastings and NSW quick Josh Hazlewood.

"In selecting this 12-man squad ... the panel had the development of players for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup very much in mind," said chief selector John Inverarity.

"With the Test squad being in India, these 12 players will have a chance to push for higher honours by doing well against a strong England Lions outfit."

But with Australia's 17 best players in India, and the next rung of 12 playing against the Lions in Hobart and Sydney from February 16 to March 1, the states will be robbed of many of their best players for crucial Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup matches.

The interstate one-day competition will be most affected as the last four matches and the final will not feature Test or A-team players.

Australia A squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Tim Paine, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges, John Hastings, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Boyce.


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