Sydney - Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake will make their
limited overs debut for Australia in Friday's opening one-day international
against Pakistan in Brisbane.
Skipper Steve Smith said dynamic batsman Lynn and beanpole
pace bowler Stanlake would start with Usman Khawaja and leg-spinner Adam Zampa
left out of the first of five games against the visitors this month.
Lynn has appeared in five T20s for Australia but will play
international 50-over cricket for the first time while Stanlake will debut
despite having played just four one-dayers for his Queensland state side.
Travis Head will open the batting alongside David Warner in
the absence of the dumped Aaron Finch, with Lynn to bat at number four.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell also returns for the first time in
13 matches, with the Australians opting for a pace attack of Stanlake, Mitchell
Starc and Pat Cummins as well as medium-pace all-rounders James Faulkner and
Test bowler Josh Hazlewood is being rested from the opening
ODI after a heavy schedule this season.
Smith said he expected right-hander Lynn to play with the
same freedom he has shown for the Brisbane Heat in this season's Twenty20 Big
"He's got a licence to play the way he wants to
play," Smith told reporters.
"But 50 overs is a long time so you've also got be a
bit smarter with the way you play, but he's got some freedom to go out and play
nice and positively.
"He's been in red hot form and hopefully he can bring
that to the international stage."
The elevation of Head to the top of the order has come at
the expense of Khawaja, who has returned to the ODI squad but won't play on
It also means Zampa, the leading ODI wicket-taker in the
world in 2016, misses out with Head and Maxwell to carry the spin-bowling
"I think looking around the squad, Maxwell was in the
last group and it was good to get him into the line-up," Smith said.
"And Travis Head played very well in the last ODI
series and we've seen him play very well at the top of the order in the Matador
Cup so it's given him an opportunity at the top and we've got plenty of power
down the order."
Stanlake, 22, has battled serious injuries over the years
and has been restricted to just 13 matches in all formats at domestic level.
Smith said he had been watching the towering paceman - Stanlake
stands 2.04 metres tall - playing for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL and was
looking forward to him partnering fellow quicks Starc and Cummins.
"I think he's going to be the tallest player to play
for Australia so it's great having those kind of guys in the team," he
"He bowls with good pace and it looks like he bowls
with good control as well so it's a good opportunity for him tomorrow."
Australia - David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith
(captain), Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James
Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Billy Stanlake.