Cricket Australia has announced their 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup that will begin next month.
Impending returns for David Warner and Steven Smith has been announced. Both the stars were expected to return to the international set-up once their ban got over.
However, Peter Handscomb misses out for the Aussies and so do Josh Hazelwood. Due to the arrival of Warner and Smith, it was expected that places for the batting slots will be tightened. As a result, Peter Handscomb misses out for the plane to England this summer.
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Who missed out?
As we told above, Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazelwood are two of the key players who missed out on the World Cup. Some others who missed out as well are D’Arcy Short and Ashton Turner. Both of these players missed out on due to the come back of David Warner and Steve Smith into the squad.
Chairman of Selectors, Trevor Hohns said,
“Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL,”
“Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15. Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England.
“Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad. Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt. Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour,”
“Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1.”
The Australian team will begin their training camp in Brisbane on May 2 for the ICC Cricket World Cup. The camp schedule includes three practice matches between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field.