Australia are set to play New Zealand in a five match T20I series that commences from February 22. This means that the squad will have to travel the day after the Big Bash League final on February 6 to complete the 14 day mandatory quarantine.
However, Australia are also expected to tour South Africa for a three match Test series between February 14 and March 13. This means that there will have to be two different national team playing in different countries at the same time. The schedule for the Proteas series has not been finalized yet as the talks are being held between the two boards.
Australia have several players that are involved in playing both formats. David Warner, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, and Mitchell Swepson were included in both Test and T20I squads this year against India.
“Honestly, there are so many names,” Finch said. “When you look at the list and the chats that you have with selectors there’s a lot of people that get talked about, and a lot of it is going to come down to, for this tour of New Zealand, selection for the Test squad, [and it] will depend on who gets opportunities and what type of player gets opportunities.”
“It’s an exciting time for Australia cricket. It’s probably not ideal having two Australian teams playing at the same time but it’s going to give us a lot of information going forward. There’s been a lot of waiting for the Test series to be over and then there’ll be a chance to name both squads and then we’ll be able to move forward and start planning that out a bit better,” Finch added.
Aaron Finch is ready to experiment with the T20I squad if the South African tour does go ahead. Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, and Mitchell Marsh were the three players named by the captain who have impressed in the ongoing BBL season. Josh Philippe is yet to make his international debut, whereas McDermott has played 12 T20Is. Marsh was the player of the match in Australia’s win over England in the third T20I last year but has not played since after suffering an ankle injury.