Australia recalls star quartet for upcoming West Indies series

Australia recalls star quartet for upcoming West Indies series

Australia have upped the ante in their quest to retain their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup crown by recalling a quartet of big guns for their next two-game T20I series at home to West Indies.

The series will be a crucial period for Australia ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup next month and coaches have chosen to recall four players who missed the recent three-game series in India.

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Fly-half David Warner, all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis, and veteran pacer Mitchell Starc all return to the fold, while young star Cameron Green will get another chance to prove his T20I credentials as he is also included in the squad. of 16 players.

Green is currently not named in Australia’s 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup but has been impressed with two half-centuries as he opened against India in Warner’s absence at the rest and could still feature during the four-week home event. ground if he can continue to perform well.

Right-arm fast Kane Richardson and spinner Ashton Agar are rested for both matches at the Gold Coast (October 5) and The Gabba (October 7), with veteran batsman Aaron Finch once again captaining the team.

Former Australian batter and chairman of the national selection committee, George Bailey, says the series against the West Indies will be essential match practice ahead of the T20 World Cup.

“We have and are taking a cautious approach with the World Cup on the horizon,” Bailey said.

“The return of four key players gives us the opportunity to go down a conservative path with any minor issues and resolve them well in time for the World Cup.

“As such, we expect Kane and Ashton to return for the next series against England.”

Australia team: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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