Paine to captain Aussie ODIs, Lyon returns

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Tim Paine to captain Australia ODI team. Pic: Getty

Tim Paine has been named captain for Australia's one-day international (ODI) series in England but it appears likely to be a temporary posting, with selectors yet to settle on a permanent skipper.

Paine, who took over as Australia's Test captain after the ball-tampering saga in South Africa, will lead a 15-man squad for five ODIs in June with Aaron Finch named as vice-captain for the first assignment under new coach Justin Langer.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon has earned a long-awaited ODI recall, having last represented Australia in white-ball cricket in August 2016.

But the 33-year-old Paine will take no part in Australia's Twenty20 matches and is no certainty to retain the ODI captaincy for the 2019 World Cup.

"Tim is a strong leader and will captain the (ODI) side for this series, supported by Aaron," chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on Tuesday.

"A decision on a permanent one-day captain will be made in due course."

Australia will play one T20 game in England followed by a T20 tri-series in July in Zimbabwe, which also involves Pakistan.

Finch will captain the T20 side with Alex Carey named as his deputy in a major endorsement for the young wicketkeeper.

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been ruled out for both tours in the hope they will be available for the Test series against Pakistan later this year.

Both quicks sustained injuries during the Test series against South Africa.

"Mitchell is going to undertake a prolonged rehabilitation period for his tibial bone stress injury and we are aiming for a return to play for the Pakistan Test series in the UAE," team physiotherapist David Beakley said.

"Pat is still recovering from a lumbar bone stress injury; the good news is that it has not progressed to a fracture but he still requires a period of rehabilitation with an aim for him to return to play for the Pakistan Test series along with Starc."

Adam Zampa's stocks have taken another fall with the legspinner dropped from both the ODI and T20 squads, his place taken by Queensland tweaker Mitchell Swepson.

D'Arcy Short is in the frame for an ODI debut after an impressive T20 campaign in New Zealand.

AUSTRALIAN ODI SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND: Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.

T20 SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND, ZIMBABWE AND PAKISTAN: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth