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Aust mull ODI options for Pakistan series

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017 Rob Forsaith and Scott Bailey

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed star pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be rested at some point in the ODI series against Pakistan.

National selectors are expected to name a 14-man ODI squad on Saturday ahead of the five-match series, which starts next Friday in Brisbane.

Starc and Hazlewood, both forced to miss October's one-day tour of South Africa, are set to be included in a squad that might include Chris Lynn as a debutant.

But just how much 50-over cricket the new-ball pairing will play before a crucial four-Test tour of India remains to be seen.

"They're pretty tired. We've still got another innings here to go," Lehmann told the Nine Network during the SCG Test.

"Then we'll sum it up for the one-dayers but I would imagine they'll miss a game or two, here and there.

"They're two great bowlers who have done a great job for us all summer, so we'll look at that but ... you need your best players playing - Starc and Hazlewood's one-day record is exceptional."

Australia's reliance on the gun pair has increased this summer to a point where oft-injured tearaway Pat Cummins, who has played 21 ODIs, could soon be asked to spearhead the attack.

James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile both remain on the sidelines. Pattinson is set to return from a hamstring injury in the Big Bash League on Saturday night but lacks match conditioning.

Chris Tremain, Scott Boland and Billy Stanlake are among the quicks who will hope to get a chance to impress when Starc and/or Hazlewood are rested.

Brisbane Heat's Lynn has commanded selectors' interest with his recent clean striking in the BBL and could make a dream ODI debut at the Gabba.

"It would mean the world to me ... to debut on your home ground in front of your friends and family, it just adds to it," he said on Friday.

"Any time you get to play for Australia, it is a great honour."

Glenn Maxwell, who was part of Australia's most-recent ODI squad but couldn't force his way into the XI, would appear the batsman at most risk of being omitted in favour of Lynn.

Travis Head performed well in the recent Chappell-Hadlee series, while former skipper George Bailey is the only genuine veteran among a sea of inexperience.

Selectors were leaning towards retaining Aaron Finch as David Warner's opening partner ahead of Usman Khawaja. Finch is averaging 13.86 from his past seven ODI knocks, with his most-recent ton in the format coming almost a year ago.

Potential ODI squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (capt), George Bailey, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Chris Tremain.

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