Warner gives Lynn, Short license to thrill

Aaron Finch will miss Australia's Twenty20 tri-series opener because of a hamstring injury (File).
Aaron Finch will miss Australia's Twenty20 tri-series opener because of a hamstring injury (File).

David Warner will encourage Chris Lynn and D'Arcy Short to take their Big Bash approach into Australia's Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand after Aaron Finch was ruled out of the series opener with a hamstring injury.

Both Lynn and Short are now all but guaranteed to play in Saturday night's clash at the SCG, with Warner yet to decide who will accompany him at the top of Australia's order for the first time.

The pair have been the two undoubted stars of the Big Bash League tournament over the past two years.

Lynn has whacked 457 runs for Brisbane in that time, at a strike-rate of 172, and became the first player to hit 100 BBL sixes last month.

Meanwhile Short has enjoyed the most prolific BBL season on record this summer, hitting a tournament-high 504 runs at a strike rate of 147 for Hobart.

Warner said he wanted both players to play in the same style against the Black Caps and England during the series.

"What comes with that is playing with freedom and clarity and knowing your game so well," Warner said.

"You don't need to change anything when you come to this level because you got here because of the way you play.

"That's the message I got across to the guys. If you see the ball there hit it ... Just go for it. We're all about executing your skills and doing what you do best. That's how you got here."

Australia and New Zealand are both yet to determine their final team for Saturday's match, after covers remained on what Black Caps captain Kane Williamson described as a soft pitch.

But Warner has no shortage of top-order options, with Alex Carey also having experience at the top of the order for the Adelaide Strikers.

"When you pick these teams you've got guys in form but their in the same positions as well which is always quite challenging," Warner said.

"D'Arcy and Lynny lead by example in their own teams respectively. Come tomorrow it will probably be (Short or Lynn) opening with me depending on match-ups with the bowlers."

Warner also confirmed he and Finch would stay at the top of the order for the series upon his return, after he dropped down the order during the 2016 World T20.

But for now Australian officials are taking a cautious approach with Finch's hamstring, given they have at least three games left in the series and it had already ruled him out of the last two one-day matches against England.

"We didn't want to risk him going into this tri-series for the first game so he is going to be on ice," Warner said.