Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday announced an 18-member squad for the Bangladesh and West Indies tours. The side will engage in the white-ball series with West Indies in July, and Bangladesh in August.
The squad sees the return of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Swepson. All of them will return to the squad after missing out on the New Zealand series.
There have been surprising exclusions in the squad as the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Marcus Stoinis are not included this time. Moreover, former skipper Steve Smith is also not available due to his elbow injury.
Most of the Australian players returned from India via the Maldives from the suspended season of IPL 2021. The players only reunited with their families only after completing their quarantine period.
“The pandemic is now into its second year and that has meant athletes and staff, particularly those who participate internationally, have spent lengthy periods in bio-secure hubs, where freedom of movement is restricted, and hard quarantine,” said Alex Kountouris, Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine as quoted by cricket.com.au.
“Cricket Australia has maintained from the start of the pandemic that we would support players or staff members through the additional demands placed upon them by hubs and quarantine.”
The Australian team will depart for West Indies on June 28 to play the five-match T20I series, followed by the three-match ODI series starting July 9. Bangladesh series will take place in August, the date of which is not decided yet. Australia and Bangladesh will engage in five-match T20I series as preparation for the T20I World Cup.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
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