A day after being thrashed in the second ODI of the five-match series, the Australian selectors announced the team’s squad for the subsequent T20I series to follow against the Sri Lankans. With regular skipper Steve Smith leaving the tour midway citing reasons to prepare for Australia’s next test assignment against South Africa, swashbuckling opener David Warner was named skipper of the T20I side.
The most striking aspect about the two match squad is that flamboyant middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell returns to the scheme of things, as the Australian selectors feel he can add some substance to the squad. Consistent T20 performer, Chris Lynn was also named after he ended up as the leading run-getter in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). There was a jolt from the bowling front as pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile was ruled out due to an injury.
“Nathan had been experiencing a gradual increase in lower back pain which is now preventing him from bowling at match intensity,” team physiotherapist David Beakley was quoted saying about the pacer. “He will now return to Perth for further investigation which will determine the extent of the injury and possible return to play timelines.”
Chief selector Rod Marsh justified the inclusion of Maxwell, and maintained that he was an X-factor player. “Both Chris and Glenn are dynamic players who are both capable of winning a game from their own bat and they also bring that x-factor in the field,” Marsh said. Marsh also backed test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill to do the job in T20I’s. “Peter is the incumbent wicket-keeper in the T20 side and had a very good World T20 for Australia, the panel wanted to keep that consistency heading into these two matches,” he added.
Australia’s squad for T20I series vs Sri Lanka:
David Warner (c), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxell, Moises Henriques, Peter Nevill (wk), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland.