The much-awaited India tour for the Aussies is just around the corner. On Thursday the Men in Yellow have announced their 15-man squad for the two T20Is and five ODIs series.
The two important absentees of the tour are pacer Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Starc had sustained a pectoral injury on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Marsh was in a poor form. As a result he paid the price and was not selected.
Overall there are three players absent from the team that played against India last month. India won that historic ODI series 2-1 on Australian soil. Apart from Marsh, veteran Peter Siddle and pacer Billy Stanlake were also left out of the India tour.
Siddle was a surprise inclusion in the previous month’s series. He played three games and took just two wickets. Moreover he conceded runs at nearly seven per over. Stanlake played just one game and gone wicketless for 49 runs.
Kane Richardson, who is the current leading wicket-taker in the ongoing BBL, is called to the squad. In addition to him, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile and batsman Ashton Turner is also included.
D’Arcy Short, the current leading run-scorer in the ongoing BBL, is also in the squad. But he is kept as a cover for Shaun Marsh. Shaun is nursing an injury and is waiting for the birth of his second child. As a result he is expected to join the team before the third ODI.
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The Aussie management has named Pat Cummins as the joint vice-captain along with Alex Carrey. Cummins has been given the responsibility in absence of Josh Hazlewood, who is nursing a back stress fracture. Pat was recently named the Man of the Series against Sri Lanka.
The much-awaited series is set to begin with the two T20Is. The two games will be played on February 24 and 27 in Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru respectively.
The ODI series will begin in Hyderabad on March 2. The second game will be played in Nagpur on March 5, while Ranchi will host the third ODI on March 8. The fourth and fifth match will be played in Mohali and Delhi on March 10 and March 13 respectively.
Australia’s squad for the India tour:
Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (cover for Marsh)