Australia: Steve Smith & Aaron Finch included in the T20 World Cup squad
Steve Smith and Aaron Finch were included in the Australian squad for the T20 World Cup tournament, whereas uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis was a surprise selection.
Batting lynchpin Smith had been disgraced after pulling out of the ongoing tours of West Indies and Bangladesh due to his left elbow issue.
He told earlier that he could sacrifice the T20 World Cup to ensure that he is fit for the home Ashes tournament against England this year, he also made it clear that for him Test cricket is his priority.
However, he was part of a 15-strong squad named for the series from October 17 to November 14 in UAE and Oman.
Aaron said that this week Steve was “going really well”.
Aaron said, “The last time I spoke to him, he wasn’t having any pain batting so that was a real positive. He’s going to be such an important part of our campaign,”
Aaron went through a knee surgery last week after flying to Australia from the Caribbean where he aggravated it during a Twenty20 clash in St Lucia.
He missed the Australian subsequent ODI series against West Indies along with their Bangladesh tour.
Aaron’s knee injury followed his eye surgery this year when he complained about his unclear vision.
However, he will lead his team at the T20 World Cup, in which we will also see the return of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Pat Cummins, who all were dropped off Australia’s current limited-overs tours to rest.
Fast bowler, Andrew Tye along with top-order options Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe, and Ashton Turner were prominent omissions, but Josh surprisingly got selected as a back-up wicketkeeper to Matthew Wade.
Chairman of selectors George Bailey said, “Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances in white-ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality (T20) Blast where he topped the run charts,”
He added, “He offers the squad flexibility in the batting order with his adaptability, counter-attacking ability, and power striking. He is a player we are excited about for the future.”
George picked four spinners Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, and Glenn Maxwell.
George said, “Given the amount of cricket being played at the World Cup venues, we expect the wickets in the UAE to favor slow bowling, particularly in the latter stages,”
Earlier, Australia lost their recent Twenty20 series to the West Indies 4-1 and slumped by 4-1 against Bangladesh in a series capped by being bowled out for 62 which is their lowest ever Tewnty20 score.
Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Our Australian men's squad for the ICC Men’s #T20WorldCup! 🇦🇺
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 19, 2021
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