India vs Australia 2019: Australia Announce Squad For India Tour
Australia, on Thursday, announced their squad for the upcoming T20I and ODI series in India. The selectors have made quite a number of changes to the team that lost to India in ODIs at home last month.
D’Arcy Short, the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Big Bash League, has earned a recall after his impressive displays in the BBL. He has been named as cover for Shaun Marsh for the two Twenty20 Internationals and the first two ODIs, with the senior batsman away for the birth of his child and also recovering from an injury.
Kane Richardson, who last played for Australia against England back in July 2018, has also returned after impressing in the BBL. The right-arm pacer is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing BBL, having taken 22 wickets. Nathan Coulter-Nile has also returned to the team and will take care of the pace department along with Richardson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Pat Cummins. Cummins, who is one of Tim Paine’s deputies in the Tests, was named joint vice-captain in the shorter formats with Alex Carey as well.
The notable absentee from the squad is Mitchell Starc. The left-arm pacer, who recently picked up ten wickets in the second Test against Sri Lanka, misses out with an injury. On the other hand, Josh Hazlewood continues to remain on sidelines with the back stress fracture.
The other players who were in the squad for the home series against India last month but have been dropped are Mitchell Marsh, veteran Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake.
Australia will play two T20I matches and five ODIs against India, starting February 24.
Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (cover for Shaun Marsh).
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