Australia names preliminary squad for Windies tour




Cicket Australia has named its quarantined Indian Premier League players to the white ball squad for the Caribbean tour.

Quarantined Australian Premier League players will be available for the White Ball Caribbean tour, with nine of the named stars in a preliminary squad.

Just hours after Australia’s contingent of 38 jumped off a flight and checked into hotels for the next fortnight, selectors revealed their plans for the road to the Twenty20 World Cup.

The 23-man preliminary squad – which will be downsized before the start – includes Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and David Warner, who all returned home on Monday.

There had been fears of bubble fatigue in the international setup, but the effort to get players home as soon as possible no doubt helped the situation.

The group will likely have about three weeks in their own bed before leaving for the West Indies, with their quarantine period scheduled to end at the end of the month.

Australia will take just one group to the Caribbean, covering both the five-game T20 series in mid-July and the three ODIs that follow.

“The return of players of this caliber to the squad is essential for the preparation of the T20 World Cup and for refining the team’s balance over the coming months,” said selector Trevor Hohns.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques and Alex Carey are also back, having missed the T20 tour of New Zealand due to the abandoned test run in South Africa.

But Marnus Labuschagne will not join them.

In a blow to the 26-year-old’s weak World Cup hopes, he will remain in England with the Glamorgan County club, with COVID-19 presenting too much of a logistical hurdle.

Labuschagne has yet to make his debut for Australia in the format, but has made it clear he is keen to play in the T20 World Cup after an impressive Big Bash with Brisbane.

“We worked on many options in conversations with Marnus to find a viable solution, but ultimately came to the conclusion that it was more convenient for him to stay in the UK,” Hohns said.

“If we hadn’t been in the middle of a global pandemic, Marnus would be on this tour as a well-established member and important part of the team for a day.

“Marnus has the opportunity to continue in County Cricket and T20 matches with Glamorgan as we head into the World Cup and summer at home.”

The Australian team will face the West Indies

Aaron, Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short , Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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