White and Finch failed to make Victoria’s side for the opening round of Sheffield Shield matches and Cricket Australia decided they would add valuable experience to an otherwise young squad. Queensland’s Sam Heazlett and Western Australia’s Jake Carder will make way for White and Finch.
“The CA XI squad was named before most states had finalised their playing XI for the first round of Sheffield Shield,” Cricket Australia’s executive general manager, team performance, Pat Howard said. “Once it became known Aaron and Cameron wouldn’t be playing for Victoria in this Shield round, the opportunity presented to call two experienced players into the CA XI squad.
“Unfortunately this means two players will miss out, but Sam and Jake know they are on the National Selection Panel’s radar. There will be another CA XI tour match later this year which will be an opportunity for these players to be considered again.”
The match at Blacktown will be New Zealand’s final warm-up match ahead of the first Test, which starts at the Gabba next week.
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