The Australian team for the World Cup has been announced. A few days ago, Australia had announced the initial 18-member team. But now Australia has selected the final 15 players.
There is less than a month left for the ODI World Cup to start in India. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has announced the names of its 15 players for the mega event. He will still have a chance to make changes in this team till 27th September. At the beginning of last month, Australia had announced an 18-member team for the World Cup and now 3 players have been excluded from it and have been declared the main team.
The three players who did not get a place in this Australian team, which has won the ODI World Cup title 5 times, include fast bowler Aaron Hardy, all-rounder Nathan Ellis and Indian-origin spinner Tanveer Sangha. Apart from this, when the 18-member team was announced, Marnus Labuschagne not getting a place in it was a shocking decision for everyone, who was also not included in this 15-member team.
Australia has included 4 fast bowlers in its ODI World Cup team, which includes captain Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Sean Abbott. Apart from this, Glenn Maxwell has got a place in the team as the 1st spin all-rounder. Whereas 2 spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa have been included.
Australia World Cup squad, Pat Cummins (captain), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
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Australia last played ODI in India in March. Then Marnus Labuschagne was also included in the Australian team. However, Labuschagne's name is not in the team selected for the World Cup. That means he has been left out of the World Cup plans and team. Labuschagne, who has an excellent average in Tests, has not performed well in ODIs. So far he has scored 847 runs in 30 ODIs at an average of 31.37. These include one century and six half-centuries.
34-year-old Glenn Maxwell will not play on the South African tour as he is soon going to become a father. After this he will join the team from the Indian tour. The three-match ODI series between India and Australia will be played from September 22 to 27 in Mohali, Indore and Rajkot. The team has included four all-rounders in the form of Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Abbott.