Cricket Australia has announced an 18 player squad on Wednesday for the limited-overs tours of West Indies & Bangladesh. A major shock for the Aussie fan is the exclusion of Australia’s key players from the squad.
David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Marcus Stoinis aren’t part of Australia’s squad for the limited-overs tours of West Indies & Bangladesh. Also Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith couldn’t make it to the touring squad due to an elbow injury.
The players who are included in the touring squad are Dan Christian, Wes Agar, Ben McDermott, and Ashton Turner. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Swepson have made a comeback into the limited-overs squad after missing the recent series against New Zealand as they were a part of the test squad that was selected for the South Africa tour. However, at the end moment, Australia pulled out of the South-Africa tour over COVID-19 concerns.
“We will support the players during these tough COVID-19 times,” says Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia had a discussion with the players while announcing the preliminary squad, & from the discussion which they had, it was evident that players were impacted by staying in extended bio-bubbles & hard quarantine rule.
In fact, the Australian contingent that returned from the IPL 2021 had a tough time while returning back home. Cricket Australia has considered all these hardships which the players are undergoing during tough COVID-19 times while announcing the 18 player’s squad.
“The pandemic is now into its second year and that has meant athletes and staff, particularly those who participate internationally, have spent lengthy periods in bio-secure hubs, where freedom of movement is restricted, and hard quarantine,” said Alex Kountouris, Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine “CA has maintained from the start of the pandemic that we would support players or staff members through the additional demands placed upon them by hubs and quarantine.
“We look forward to a time when hubs and quarantines are things of the past, but for now we will continue to manage the situation as best we can with the wellbeing of our people at the forefront of our decision-making,” Kountouris added.
Steve Smith to miss the white ball tours due to an elbow injury
Further, Australia’s National Selector Hohns highlighted the point that the unavailability of several frontline players will provide opportunities for newbies to get included in the squad & showcase their skills by performing well in upcoming tours. He also said that, by performing excellently in these tours, the new talents can unlock the opportunity of playing in marquee events such as the T20 World Cup.
Talking about the unavailability of Australia’s star batsmen Steve Smith, Hohns said, “Steve Smith was unavailable for selection due to an elbow injury and will now be able to use this time to fully recover ahead of the World Cup and home Ashes Series. Steve was disappointed to miss the tour with the decision made on medical grounds”.
Australia’s limited-overs squad will leave on June 28 to play in the five T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies starting from July 9-24. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh tour which is yet to be officially confirmed will include five T20Is.
Australia’s squad for Limited overs tours of West Indies & Bangladesh:
Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
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