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Burns leads fresh faces in ODI squad

World Cup-winning squad refreshed with seven new players to face England and Ireland

Steve Smith has been officially crowned as Australia's next one-day international captain and will lead a squad featuring seven new faces for the limited-overs matches on the Qantas Tour of the British Isles.

Smith will be without World Cup stars Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood, who have both been rested following the Ashes series defeat, allrounder James Faulkner and opening batsman Aaron Finch, who is still recovering from a foot injury picked up playing county cricket in the UK.

Batsman Joe Burns is in line to make his one-day debut, added to the squad after blistering form on the Australia A tour in India where he last week smashed 14 sixes in posting 154 from just 131 balls in Chennai.


Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), Ashton Agar, George Bailey, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson, David Warner, Cameron Boyce (T20I only).



Burns is expected to replace the injured Finch and partner David Warner at the top of the order for Australia's six ODI matches and one T20 international.

National Selection Panel chairman Rod Marsh said Burns had "impressed us immensely" during the 'A' Tour.

"He is a very capable young batsman who has experience opening, and we think he will grab his opportunity with the white ball during this series," said Marsh.

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Also in line to make their ODI debuts are spinner Ashton Agar, the sole specialist spinner in the ODI squad, and allrounder Marcus Stoinis. Fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson plus wicketkeeper Matthew Wade have all been recalled to the national team from the 'A' Tour.

Stoinis will be one of three fast-bowling allrounders in the group with Mitchell Marsh and Shane Watson retaining their spots from the World Cup squad.

Stoinis has been added to the squad to replace Faulkner, who was not considered for this series after being arrested for drink-driving in the UK in July. He has subsequently been fined £10,000 and banned from driving for two years.

"Marcus has performed very well in India during the four-day series and we have always liked that option of the extra allrounder in our side, so with James Faulkner’s unavailability, this is a great opportunity for Marcus," said Marsh.

In Australia A's 1-0 four-day series victory over India A, Stoinis averaged 48 with the bat and 31 with the ball in conditions not ideally suited to his bowling. He had a top score of 77 and took 2-18 in seven second-innings overs in the first match.

Australia will boast and exciting, young and fearsome pace battery with World Cup player of the tournament Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins retained in the squad alongside new faces Pattinson and Coulter-Nile.

Starc had battled an ankle problem early in the Ashes series, but has been fit enough to take his place in all four Tests to date.

Agar took 5-39 against India A on Monday to set up a win for the tourists who remain unbeaten on the tour after two first-class and three List A matches. They play their fourth match, against South Africa A, today.

Agar replaces World Cup-winner Xavier Doherty as the spinning option for Australia's ODI team.

"Ashton has performed very well with the ball since his return from shoulder surgery," said Marsh.

"He has played in these conditions over here before and the NSP believes he has a very bright future."

Agar's five steers Australia A to victory

Agar famously made 98 batting at No.11 on his Test debut at Trent Bridge in the 2013 Ashes, an innings he recently reflected on with cricket.com.au and labelled the "greatest moment in my life". He also played the second Test at Lord's before Nathan Lyon was recalled.

Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin have both retired from 50-over cricket, paving the way for George Bailey to take the former captain's spot in the middle order, while Wade returns full-time to the one-day gloveman's role having last kept wicket for Australia in November 2014.

Hobart Hurricanes leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, another who has impressed on the 'A' Tour, has been included in the T20 squad for the one-off 20-over match against England on 31 August in Cardiff.

Meanwhile, Marsh indicated Finch, Australia's T20 captain, could seek a return to county side Yorkshire for his return to cricket following foot surgery.

It has been a difficult few months for Finch since Australia's World Cup victory. He required surgery on his hamstring after rupturing the tendon running a single with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL – his first injury in his professional career. After returning to Yorkshire, he was sent to hospital for scans after coughing up blood when a ball ricocheted into his rib cage during a second XI game, and then suffered a fracture in his foot setting off to chase a ball down in the field.

"The reality is Aaron isn’t fit for selection at this stage and he also hasn’t played as much cricket as we would have liked him to following a couple of serious injuries," Marsh said.

"He may look to return to Yorkshire, fitness dependent, for a few games at the end of the season as he prepares for the Matador Cup at home in October."

Qantas Tour of the British Isles fixtures

ODI v Ireland
August 27, Belfast, 6.45pm AEST

T20 v England
August 31, Cardiff, 12.00am (Sept 1) AEST

ODIs v England
September 3, Southampton, 11pm AEST
September 5, Lord's, 7.30pm AEST
September 8, Old Trafford, 11pm AEST
September 11, Headingley, 7.30pm AEST
September 13, Old Trafford, 7.30pm AEST