Australia name T20 squad for South Africa, India series
Cricket Australia (CA)’s National Selection Panel has annpunced the 13-member T20I squad for Australia’s upcoming series against South Africa and India.
While the squad sees the inclusion of Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff, senior players Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitch Marsh were all left out.
Taling about the just announced squad for two very important home series, Australia head coach and T20I national selector Justin Langer said: “We welcome Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff back into the T20 squad for the upcoming matches against South Africa and India.”
Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness. On the other hand, Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness.
Langer also revealed the reason of leaving the senior players out, “We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series.
“While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”
Australia T20I squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Couler-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.