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Australia name captain for Sri Lanka T20Is
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Australia name captain for Sri Lanka T20Is

After leading Australia in the first One-Day International against New Zealand at Auckland, Aaron Finch has been nominated to skipper the Kangaroos in three-Twenty 20 Internationals against Sri Lanka Down Under starting February 17.

Australia will enter the series without key players, who would be in the United Arab Emirates to prepare for India Test series. Those who will skip the Sri Lanka series are captain Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Starc.

"It's very exciting to be back and leading the side in Steve's absence," Finch said. "It's been a rollercoaster from being captain leading up to the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2016), being injured and then Steve taking over the reins for that tournament but it's something that, any time you get the chance to captain your country in any format, you're very chuffed about.

"We'll be missing some big names, some of the biggest in world cricket, but you can't dwell on that and it will be a fantastic opportunity for guys who've performed well in the KFC Big Bash League (KFC BBL) to push their case for further inclusion, and inclusion in the other formats too.

"There are some extraordinary players around the country that will now get an opportunity and I think that's only a good thing for Australian cricket."

Finch has led Australia in six T20Is before.