Maxwell’s Comeback Headlines Squad Announcement, Marsh Takes Charge in Australia’s T20 World Cup

Australia prepares for the T20 World Cup with Glenn Maxwell’s return against the West Indies, while Mitchell Marsh takes the helm in the absence of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.

Australia has announced its 14-player squad for the upcoming T20I series against the West Indies, set to commence on February 9. Glenn Maxwell is set to make his return to the squad, while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will be rested for the series as part of workload management. Mitchell Marsh will lead the team in the absence of Cummins and Starc, with the series being seen as crucial preparation for the T20 World Cup.

Steve Smith, who recently experimented as an opener during the away series in India, will also be taking a break for this series. David Warner, who has retired from Tests and ODIs, will resume his place at the top of the batting order.

Cricket Australia stated that Cummins, Starc, and Smith are expected to return for the T20I series in New Zealand. Chief selector George Bailey highlighted the significance of these matches in narrowing down the potential T20 World Cup squad later in the year.

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“We see these matches as an opportunity to narrow down on those who may be part of the T20 World Cup squad later this year. There are a further three T20 internationals in New Zealand following this West Indies Series where we will continue to build towards the T20WC as required,” Bailey explained.

He added, “It is likely we will use the block of six games to provide an opportunity to players in some different roles and positions. We will then be keeping a close eye on the IPL before choosing a World Cup squad.”

The squad is set to assemble in Hobart on February 7 ahead of the series opener at Blundstone Arena on February 9.

-IANS