Cricket Australia Men's ODI Squad Announced

Cricket Australia Men's ODI Squad Announced
Cricket Australia Men's ODI Squad Announced
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The National Selection Panel has announced the 15-person squad for the Qantas Tour of India starting on February 24.

The Australian Men’s team will play two T20I matches and five ODI matches against India.

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
Jhye Richardson (Western Australia)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)
*D’Arcy Short (Western Australia) – Short has been selected to cover S.Marsh for the start of the tour.

National selector, Trevor Hohns, said:
“With the World Cup on the horizon, we see the ODI tours of India and the following tour against Pakistan as important windows for the squad to continue their preparations for our title defence.”

“We were really pleased with the progress we made during the recent ODI series against India, and we feel the progress is reflected in the squad selection, with only a couple of changes.”

“With Josh Hazlewood sidelined through injury, Pat Cummins has been named co vice-captain alongside Alex Carey for the series. Pat did a tremendous job during the Sri Lankan Test series, and we look forward to him continuing to live and drive the team’s values and standards.”

“I’d also like to congratulate Ashton Turner on his selection in the squad. Ashton has been on our radar for some time, given his performances in the shorter formats. Ashton is a smart cricketer who reads the game well and provides us with another strong batting option. He’s been in good form over the summer, and he has an opportunity to put his case forward ahead of the World Cup.”

“Shaun Marsh will join the squad following the birth of his second child. Shaun is also working his way back from a hamstring strain, but we expect him to be available for the third ODI. D’Arcy Short has been named in the squad as cover for Shaun. D’Arcy has been in outstanding form in the BBL over the summer, and he gives us another strong batting option for the opening fixtures of the tour, which include two T20s.”

“Unfortunately, scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra. This means he will be unavailable for the Tour of India, but we will instead target a return to play for the ODI Series against Pakistan in the UAE in March.”

“This paves the way for Kane Richardson to come into the squad. Kane has been in outstanding form over the summer, including his recent performances in the BBL. Kane not only has experience playing ODI cricket for Australia, but he’s also performed well for his country when given the opportunity.”

“Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high pressure situations.” 

“Peter Siddle and Mitch Marsh are unfortunate to miss out, but our message throughout the summer remains true, with such a big schedule ahead opportunities may well present themselves.”

“A squad for the series against Pakistan will be named in the later stages of the Indian tour.”

Qantas Tour of India Fixture:

First T20 – February 24
India v Australia
ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
7:00pm Local Time

Second T20 – February 27
India v Australia
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
7:00pm Local Time

First ODI - March 2
India v Australia
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
1:30PM Local Time

Second ODI - 5 March
India v Australia
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
1:30pm Local Time

Third ODI - 8 March
India v Australia
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
1:30om Local Time

Fourth ODI - 10 March
India v Australia
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
1:30pm Local Time

Fifth ODI - 13 March
India v Australia
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
1:30pm Local Time

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