In other white ball news, a couple of Australians are in demand.
Kerry O’Keeffe nails it on Finch: “he played for his team and his team played for him.”
“Very comfortable,” says Finch about his decision to walk away from 50-over cricket. “It’s the right time for someone else to take the team in a new direction.”
Three changes for the visitors with Allen coming in for Guptill, Philips for Bracewell, and Ferguson for Henry.
Two changes for the hosts with Inglis replacing Warner and Green returning in place of Stoinis.
New Zealand: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Tom Latham (wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Philips, 7 Jimmy Neesham, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Josh Inglis, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschange, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Cameron Green, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Kane Williamson isn’t overly decisive with his call but he wants to see how the pitch plays before his side has a bat on it. Aaron Finch says he was glad to lose his final toss as skipper.
Hello everybody and welcome to live over-by-over coverage of the conclusion of the the Chappell-Hadlee series in Cairns. We’ll be underway at Cazalys Stadium around 2:20pm AEST/4:20pm NZST.
As far as marquee bilateral series go, this is one has been about as off broadway as you can get. Played out in the boondocks while there’s still frost in Victoria, isolated on pay TV and at the business end of the footy seasons. And the small matter of some other news dominating the front pages.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing this series was even underway, let alone all over bar the shouting with Australia two up with one to play.
But the deadest of dead rubbers was reanimated when Australia captain Aaron Finch announced he was retiring from One-day international cricket. If nothing else, today is an opportunity to salute a man who deserves his place towards the top end of Australian white-ball cricketers. He bludgeoned record-breaking scores from the top of the order, led with aplomb during a period of instability, and exuded an air of casual calm through his gum-chewing and easy smile. A fine servant.
If you have anything to add to today’s proceedings, you know the drill. Emails go here or tweet @JPHowcroft. Send me your fondest Finch memories and I’ll sprinkle them throughout the call.