Aussies set for T20 World Cup with final squad announcement

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Australia has finalised its squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with the National Selection Panel confirming the previously announced 15-player team and adding two travelling reserves. The tournament will be held in the West Indies and the US.

The confirmed Australian squad includes:

  • Mitchell Marsh (Perth Scorchers/Fremantle Cricket Club) (c)
  • Ashton Agar (Perth Scorchers/University Cricket Club)
  • Pat Cummins (Sydney Thunder/Penrith Cricket Club)
  • Tim David (Hobart Hurricanes/Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club)
  • Nathan Ellis (Hobart Hurricanes/Lindisfarne Cricket Club)
  • Cameron Green (WA/Subiaco-Floreat Cricket Club)
  • Josh Hazlewood (NSW/St George Cricket Club)
  • Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers/Tea Tree Gully Cricket Club)
  • Josh Inglis (Perth Scorchers/Joondalup Cricket Club)
  • Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars/Fitzroy Doncaster Cricket Club)
  • Mitchell Starc (Sydney Sixers/Manly Warringah Cricket Club)
  • Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars/Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club)
  • Matthew Wade (Hobart Hurricanes/Clarence Cricket Club)
  • David Warner (Sydney Thunder/Randwick Petersham Cricket Club)
  • Adam Zampa (Melbourne Renegades/Sutherland Cricket Club)

Joining them as travelling reserves are Matthew Short (Adelaide Strikers/Northcote Cricket Club) and Jake Fraser-McGurk (Melbourne Renegades/West Torrens Cricket Club). Both reserves will travel with the team during the early rounds of the tournament.

Players and staff will arrive in the West Indies in stages, allowing some who have been competing in the Indian Premier League time at home before joining the squad.

Chair of Selectors, George Bailey, highlighted the merits of the two reserves: “Matt and Jake made compelling cases for initial selection with their respective performances for Australia last summer and, in Jake’s case, more recently in the IPL.”

Bailey added that the short turnaround between fixtures during the tournament makes it challenging to bring players in at short notice in the event of injury. He emphasised that Matt Short provides an all-round skillset, while Jake Fraser-McGurk offers additional batting cover.

“Both players have exciting talents that can add to the squad if needed. If not, the experience will still be valuable in their respective development journeys at international level,” Bailey said.

The squad sees a blend of seasoned players and fresh talent, reflecting Australia’s strategy to combine experience with emerging skills. Notably, the extended reserves list for the tournament will not include leg spinner Tanveer Sangha, who is undergoing rehabilitation for a hip injury.

Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign looks promising with this balanced squad, as they aim to make a significant impact in the tournament. Fans will be eager to see how the mix of veteran leadership and youthful energy plays out on the world stage.


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