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Josh Philippe will make his international debut on Monday night in Australia’s Twenty20 clash with New Zealand.

The red hot Western Australian, who starred in the Big Bash League for champions Sydney Sixers, will come in at first drop.

Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bowl, with opposing skipper Kane Williamson admitting he would have done the same.

“I’m going to back our batting line-up to chase them down,” Finch said.

Fit again paceman Jhye Richardson has been named in Australia’s XI for the marquee occasion in Christchurch.

The match is being held on the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake which killed 185 people, and is also the first under Hagley Oval’s lights.

New Zealand are chasing their first T20 win against Australia on home soil, and their second overall in nine matches.

Williamson said he was expecting a tough battle despite Australia’s 14-day quarantine – which ended on Sunday night – and the absence of Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.

“There’s still plenty of big names. The depths in Australian cricket is always noted,” he said.

“The quarantine is not ideal for anyone but we know how good they are.

“When you go through a quarantine, teams look forward to the opportunity to be out there and playing cricket again.”

AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch (capt), Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson (capt), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Isha Sodhi, Trent Boult.



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