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Aaron Finch will captain a strong Australia A squad selected for the five-match VB Series against England Lions.

The one-day rubber begins on Saturday week with the Lions set for a tricky challenge versus a side that has plenty of full international experience.

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch has been selected to lead Australia A for their five-match home one-day series against England Lions

Skipper Finch is currently partaking in Australia’s one-day international series with West Indies, while eight other members of the 12-man party have also featured at the highest level.

National selector John Inverarity said: “In selecting this 12-man squad for the five-match series against the England Lions, the NSP (National Selection Panel) had the development of players for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup very much in mind.

“Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson and Adam Voges are all talented batsmen. With the Test squad being in India, these 12 players will have a chance to push for higher honours by doing well against a strong England Lions outfit.

“Aaron Finch impressed as captain of the Melbourne Renegades and he will captain the side. Tim Paine will be his deputy.”

England’s second string lost their opening warm-up fixture against Victoria this morning.

Australia A squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Cameron Boyce, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, Callum Ferguson, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Adam Voges.