Cricket Australia on Monday announced their 15-man squad for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019 featuring former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, who have been named after their 12-month ban for ball-tampering. However, there was no place for In-form batsman Peter Handscomb and quick star Josh Hazlewood.
Since his recall to the one-day squad in January, Handscomb has delivered a commendable performance but with the returns of both Smith and Warner solidifying his place in the squad was always going to be difficult. The batsman averaged 43 in 13 games this year, including a maiden ODI hundred in India, and scored at a strike rate of 98 during that time but it wasn’t enough for a call-up.
Usman Khawaja, the leading ODI run-getter of 2019, has expectedly sealed his place having tallied impressive numbers of 769 runs at an average of 59.15 in the calendar year so far. Alex Carey has made in what is his maiden World Cup as wicketkeeper. Pacers selected are Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff with Marcus Stoinis the seam-bowling allrounder.
“We have been extremely pleased with how the ODI squad has been building over the past six months, including the recent series wins in India and against Pakistan in the UAE,” said chief selector Trevor Hohns.
“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,” said Hohns.
“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 Australia A squad for the tour of England.”
Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
Australia A squad: Travis Head (capt), Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Mitch Marsh, D’Arcy Short, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Sean Abbott