Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Steve Smith & David Warner in Australia squad

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Marsh, who was named Australia's joint vice-captain last year, had endured a awful last year.

Spinners Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon have been named in the Australia squad alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Peter Handscomb celebrates his maiden ODI century against India. Finch is the World Cup captain, due to the leadership ban imposed on Smith.

Former skipper Smith and Warner were eligible for Aaron Finch's national side after their 12-month suspensions for ball-tampering ended last month but their return put a squeeze on the batting positions that saw Peter Handscomb drop out. "Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL", Cricket Australia chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on Monday.

Cricket Australia's 2019 contract list: Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

'Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness, ' Hohns said. "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", he added. Ashton Turner also missed out on the flight to England despite playing an unbelievable knock against India in Mohali during Australia's recent tour of India.

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Steve Smith embraces David Warner after the opener made an ODI century.

'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.

Meanwhile, pacer Hazlewood, who is out of action since January due to injury, was confident of recovering before the World Cup but the selectors made a decision to give him rest keeping Ashes in mid.

Teams have to submit their 15-member squads by 23 April but injury replacements can be named until 23 May.

"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, " Hohns said.

"Our key criteria focused on selecting a pool of players who are going to help us in our ambition to win the upcoming World Cup and Ashes Series in England, and who can also play the various formats over the course of the Australian summer". The Victorian pacer, who has battled back from serious back surgery at the end of 2017, is in the reckoning for a spot in Australia's Ashes squad that follows immediately after the World Cup.

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