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Aaron Finch replaces Matthew Wade as Australia captain
Australia tour of New Zealand

Aaron Finch replaces Matthew Wade as Australia captain

Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade missed out his captaincy debut against New Zealand at Auckland on Monday due to back spasm. In his absence, opener Aaron Finch led Australia in the first of the three One-Day Internationals.

Wade was appointed as an interim skipper for the Australian side after an ankle strain ruled Steven Smith out of the three Richard-Hadlee one-dayers.

Smith had sustained the injury during the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan on Thursday, which Australia won by 57 runs to seal the five-match series 4-1.

Vice-captain David Warner was rested for the New Zealand ODIs to keep him fresh for the Indian tour next month.

Put into bat, the Kane Williamson-led hosts put up a target of 287 with Martin Guptil (61 off 73) and Neil Broom (73 off 75) outshining their teammates with the bat.

Right-arm medium Marcus Stoinis took three wickets for 49 runs and scored a brilliant century to keep Australia alive in the run-chase.

Queensland batsman Sam Heazlett made his Australia debut and scored just four off 11 balls.