Cricket Australia has announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup set to be held in the United Arab Emirates in October-November. The squad captained by Aaron Finch sees the return of Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Pat Cummins, all of whom have been out of action for quite some time now.
Wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis is a surprise entrant in the squad and is now in contention of making his debut through the showpiece tournament. He will act as a backup gloveman for Matthew Wade. Inglis made the cut owing to his praiseworthy performance in England’s recent domestic T20 competition. He aggregated 531 runs from 14 games at a strike rate of 175.82 with Leicestershire. The leading run-scorer of Perth Scorchers has proved to be effective both as an opener and a middle-order batsman. He recently impressed with his 72 from 45 balls as an opener in The Hundred tournament.
“Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances in white-ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality Blast where he topped the run charts,” selection chair George Bailey said.
“He offers the squad flexibility in the batting order with his adaptability, counterattacking ability and power striking. He is a player we are excited about for the future.”
The team is also equipped with travelling reserves including death bowling specialist Nathan Ellis along with all-rounders Dan Christian and Daniel Sams.
After failing to impress in the T20I series against Bangladesh earlier this month, in which the team lost 4-1, notable names including fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff along with top-order options Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe and Ashton Turner lost their spot in the T20 World Cup squad.
Marcus Stoinis and Kane Richardson have made their comeback in the squad after missing out on the Bangladesh and Caribbean tours.
Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson has also been added to the squad to strengthen their spin bowling attacks, which is also powered by Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar.
Of the 18 selected players, 11 of them are Indian Premier League recruits and most of them, with the exception of Pat Cummins, are expected to turn up for the second leg of the tournament starting September 19 in the UAE.
Australia’s T20 World Cup squad
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams
Australia’s 2021 T20 World Cup schedule
Oct 23 vs South Africa in Abu Dhabi
Oct 28 vs Qualifier A1 in Dubai
Oct 30 vs England in Dubai
Nov 4 vs Qualifier B2 in Dubai
Nov 6 vs West Indies in Abu Dhabi
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