Smith, Warner in Australia’s World Cup squad
Defending champions Australia have revealed their World Cup squad as the mega event is just over a month away from kicking off. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ২০১৯ বিশ্বকাপের অস্ট্রেলিয়ার দল ঘোষণা]
Steve Smith and David Warner are set to make Aussie return in the World Cup after returning from one-year ban. Both have been playing in T20 leagues in the recent time. Smith and Warner captained Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sixers respectively in this year’s BPL.
Currently, the pair are preparing themselves in Indian Premier League. Warner has already scored a hundred for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Meanwhile, Smith also looked impressive in Rajasthan Royals’ shirts.
The surprise omissions include Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson. Hazlewood could not make his way onto the field since an injury he sustained in January. Handscomb has been left out despite averaging 43 in last 13 ODIs including a century against India.
Australia recovered from their poor ODI run which they had during 2017-18. After losing 1-2 to India at home, Aaron Finch’s side handed India 3-2 defeat after they were 0-2 behind and later whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 in UAE.
Besides, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa hold their spot in the team. Only six players from this squad were part of 2015 World Cup winning team.
Australia’s opening match is scheduled on June 1 against Afghanistan in Bristol.
Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa