Warner-Smith’s return dropped Handscomb-Hazlewood from the World Cup squad and ends all the confusions. Accordingly, Cricket Australia declared a fifteen men ICC World Cup-19 squad under the captaincy of Aron Finch.
Peter Handscomb dropped from the squad
As the race was to tough for a batsman to be in the team and Peter Handscomb dropped from the squad. Despite Peter, Handscomb was performing well in the international matches. But Cricket Australia made the clear path for Steven Smith for the ICC World Cup-19. Though Peter Handscomb made his ODI comeback in the home series against India. Then made it for the reverse fixtures. Also the tour of the UAE. He cracked his maiden ODI hundred in Mohali, while also scoring three more half-centuries in the last 13 matches.
Meanwhile, Josh Hazlewood injured since January but he was confident of recovering in time with the Ashes in mind. He follows soon after the World Cup, Australia has decided to rest the star pacer. He included as the vice-captain of the Australia A team. That will play five one-day matches against County sides in England, starting from June 20.
Chairman of team selectors Trevor Hohns
Chairman of team selectors Trevor Hohns, “Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL.” Emphasizing on the recent series the chief selector is happy to find the best men for World Cup. “Given the depth of talent and competition for spots, there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15. Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE. Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in Australia A squad for the tour of England.
Trevor Hphns clarified about Josh Hazlewood, “Josh Hazlewood has also been in Australia A squad. Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt. Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour”
Australia has a well-balanced bowling attack with a couple of spinners Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon on the team. Accordingly, pat Cummins Mitchel Stark Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff will empower the bowling attack as well. Though Starc and Richardson, though currently injured and expected to be fit in time for Australia’s first World Cup game on June 1 in Bristol, against Afghanistan. The defending champions will take on hosts England and Sri Lanka in the two official warm-ups, on May 25 and 27 respectively.
The selector concludes with, “Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been subject to fitness. The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1.”
Australia Squad for ICC World Cup-19
Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja. Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
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Therefore, Warner-Smith’s return dropped Handscomb-Hazlewood from the World Cup squad. Hope the defending champions will flash at their own capacity.