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    Australia announce squad for 2019 World Cup

    The fifteen-player squad for the ICC World Cup will assemble in Brisbane for a training camp at the National Cricket Centre on May 2.

    The training camp will include three practice matches between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field.

    Australia opens its World Cup title defence against Afghanistan at the Bristol County Ground in just 47 days.

    Australian Men’s World Cup Squad:

    Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
    Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
    David Warner (New South Wales)
    Steve Smith (New South Wales)
    Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
    Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
    Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
    Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
    Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
    Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
    Jhye Richardson (Western Australia)
    Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
    Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
    Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
    Adam Zampa (South Australia)

    Chairman of Selectors, Trevor Hohns, said:

    “We’d like to congratulate the players selected to represent Australia at the upcoming World Cup, it is a huge honour and I know this squad is focused on playing a brand of cricket which can help us in our ambition to win another World Cup title.

    “We have been extremely pleased with how the ODI squad has been building over the past six months, including the recent series wins in India and against Pakistan in the UAE.

    “Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL.

    “Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1.

    “Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15.

    “Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England.

    “Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad. Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt. Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour.”

    Australia’s World Cup Fixture:

    Match 1 – June 1

    Afghanistan v Australia
    Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
    1:30pm (Local Time)

    Match 2 – June 6

    Australia v West Indies
    Trent Bridge, Nottingham
    10:30am (Local Time)

    Match 3 – June 9

    India v Australia
    The Oval, London
    10:30am (Local Time)

    Match 4 – June 12

    Australia v Pakistan
    Country Ground Taunton, Taunton
    10:30am (Local Time)

    Match 5 – June 15

    Sri Lanka v Australia
    The Oval, London
    10:30am (Local Time)

    Match 6 - June 20

    Australia v Bangladesh
    Trent Bridge, Nottingham10:30am (Local Time)

    Match 7 – June 25

    England v Australia
    Lord’s, London
    10:30am (Local Time)

    Match 8 – June 29
    New Zealand v Australia
    Lord’s, London
    1:30pm (Local Time)

    Match 9 – July 6

    Australia v South Africa
    Old Trafford, Manchester
    1:30pm (Local Time)

    Semi Finals– July 9 and 11

    World Cup Final – July 14

    https://www.cricketaustralia.com.au/...cup/2019-04-15
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    Cricket Australia releases World Cup squad | Smith, Warner return

    Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood have missed out on selection as Australia named its squad for the Cricket World Cup today.

    The Aussies unveiled a 15-man touring party to go to England for the showpiece event which kicks off for Justin Langer’s troops against Afghanistan on June 1.

    Australian selectors overlooked Handscomb and Hazlewood and brought Steve Smith and David Warner back in as they prepare for their international returns following the end of their ball-tampering bans.

    Hazlewood hasn’t played since the Sydney Test against India after suffering a stress fracture in his back and while he was optimistic about returning to Australian duty for the World Cup, question marks over his fitness and concerns about a lack of match practice will prevent him from taking part in the national team’s title defence.

    Handscomb has been impressive since being recalled to Australia’s middle order for the home ODI series against India but couldn’t force his way into the squad. He posted two half centuries in three matches Down Under then continued his hot streak on the subcontinent.

    The right-hander scored his maiden ODI ton in Mohali and contributed with 48 in Nagpur and 52 in Delhi, before registering scores of 30 not out and 47 in the one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE.

    In 13 matches this year, Handscomb averages 43 at a strike rate of 98. However, the squeeze for World Cup middle order spots — made even more fierce by Warner and Smith’s returns — meant someone was always going to be unlucky and the Victorian has made way.

    Handscomb’s omission means Alex Carey has been chosen as the sole wicketkeeper and vice-captain and Shaun Marsh keeps his spot. Hazlewood’s absence sees Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson form the rest of the pace pack alongside Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who is on the mend from a pectoral injury.

    Australia’s eight-match winning streak in India and the UAE has given it the blueprint with which to attack the World Cup, after adopting a more conservative batting line-up midway through the summer.

    Warner, skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja have been picked to play, despite uncertainty over which two will fill the opening role.

    Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon were both chosen as spinning options, however whether Australia will follow rivals’ leads by taking two spinners into most matches is questionable. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are the all-rounders.

    Warner and Smith’s inclusion in the World Cup squad marks the first time the pair have been selected for Australia since the Cape Town Test in March last year, where they copped 12-month bans over the sandpaper saga.

    They will also return to Cricket Australia’s contracted players list, after the two biggest names were left off last year.

    World Cup squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/cricke...8faa21816b4d57


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    I don't see the need for selecting 7 bowlers, 2 being spinners... They only really needed one of Zampa or Lyon... They already have Maxwell for spin.

    Handscomb really should have been there as well as Ashton Turner.

    1.David Warner
    2.Usman Khawaja
    3.Aaron Finch
    4.Steve Smith
    5.Marcus Stoinis
    6.Glenn Maxwell
    7.Alex Carey
    8.Adam Zampa
    9.Jhye Richardson
    10.Pat Cummins
    11.Mitchell Starc

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    Almost predictable squad, only that I would have taken Handscomb for Lyon, it would have covered the back-WK spot as well. Hazlewood probably didnít convince with his fitness, hence itís a fair call to pick NCN.

    From AUSís squad I predict itís going to be a dry summer - Aussies hardly make mistakes in their selection and there must be a reason to pick couple of specialist spinners. I think, most teams will adopt the same combination for squad - bowling depth, because 9 games in 5 weeks isnít going to be easy for a 15 men squad; bowlers will need to bowl lot in nets as well.

    Still a very good squad - easily among top 3 favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Almost predictable squad, only that I would have taken Handscomb for Lyon, it would have covered the back-WK spot as well. Hazlewood probably didnít convince with his fitness, hence itís a fair call to pick NCN.

    From AUSís squad I predict itís going to be a dry summer - Aussies hardly make mistakes in their selection and there must be a reason to pick couple of specialist spinners. I think, most teams will adopt the same combination for squad - bowling depth, because 9 games in 5 weeks isnít going to be easy for a 15 men squad; bowlers will need to bowl lot in nets as well.

    Still a very good squad - easily among top 3 favourites.
    Speaking of dry summer, we'll be going in with Shadab + Imad... One pseudo all rounder and one all rounder who doesn't spin the ball.



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    Poor decision to omit Handscomb but that squad looks formidable. England and India are the best sides on paper, however Australia are peaking at the right time going into this WC and they just know how to win a WC, so if I was a betting man, I would put my money on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chokli View Post
    Speaking of dry summer, we'll be going in with Shadab + Imad... One pseudo all rounder and one all rounder who doesn't spin the ball.



    We're doomed.
    Normally, for such tournaments I study AUS & IND squad and often that gives me enough clue about the conditions. Now I am almost certain that IND will pick Chahal & probably Jades as well.

    Regarding spin dou, they can pick a specialist spinner in Yasir👍, but I donít think there is much option left for PAK. The greatest CS in PAKís history had 2 years to find couple of spinners, but decided to back the tested all-rounder pair, then Hafeez as 3rd spinner. Picking Umer was too much to ask, but I think instead of Yasir they should have tried another Leggi. Canít say much about Gohar because he wasnít picked even in PAK cup - that means out of top 80 cricketers in PAK ... guy must has to be damn ordinary.

    Yes, lack of genuine spinners will trouble PAK & this batting line up doesnít give the confidence of posting 325+ even on the best batting conditions- best chance is to operate between 250-275 range, and that can only happen with at least 40 overs of penetrative bowling. On dry wickets, without genuine spinners, itíll be tough to do so. Most teams have found a formula against PAK, thatís milking between 11-35 overs without losing wickets and then go after the attack which isnít at its best with 2 balls. Couple of genuine spinners was a must.

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    Some weird omissions. Their is no backup wk, what if carey gets injured. Handscomb was in the form of his life. Deserved to be there ahead of smith who has been struggling of late. Also, what the hell is lyon doing there. He will be cannon fodder in those conditions.

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    Solid squad, Handsomb unlucky to miss out.

    If Warner and Smith can pick up where they left off, this is a very strong team, definite contenders for the trophy.

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    Whatís so special about Coulter-Nile? Gets thrashed in every match. Aussie version of Sami. Hazelwood was a much, much better option.

    Handscomb should have been picked in Lyonís place.

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    The squad is good and looks strong. Don't get the fact as to why there is no Handscomb and why Behrendorff is in the squad. He hasn't played too many ODIs for Australia and hasn't done anything special. It seems a little confusing as to why you would need two left arm fast men in your squad for no reason.

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    Hazlewood wasn't fit & questions over Starc too- selectors simply couldn't carry TWO questionable fitness quicks into a WC so no complaints here. Starc had to be the choice, he can win you a game in 3 overs if he is on song, Hazlewood doesn't have that kind of capability in ODI so they went with the player with the highest performance ceiling.

    Handscomb unlucky but again, which player if they get set, bat 20 balls for 15 runs is the scariest proposition for the opposition, the most likely to set up a win with a match defining knock? Handscomb? Warner? Smith? They may be rusty in the opening rounds but come finals time I'll take the latter two.

    Marsh is the other spot he could take but Marsh played in better form lately. Maxwell is an allrounder so competing for different spot.

    Two spinners is the correct call given modern trends in the game & that a late summer or pitches with several games played on them might favour spin. The option needs to be there. Zampa will likely be preferred but if he is overawed or hit about, Lyon has the career experience to step into the role. A leggy & offie so theoretically a good combo should they both make the 11 too. Both good fielders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giri26 View Post
    The squad is good and looks strong. Don't get the fact as to why there is no Handscomb and why Behrendorff is in the squad. He hasn't played too many ODIs for Australia and hasn't done anything special. It seems a little confusing as to why you would need two left arm fast men in your squad for no reason.

    He is the odd choice. I can only think he's selected simply through incumbency & the desire for a lefty in case Starc needs rest/breaks down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    He is the odd choice. I can only think he's selected simply through incumbency & the desire for a lefty in case Starc needs rest/breaks down.
    Doesn't make sense to me. You pick your best bowlers and if JB is your top 5 best pacer in the country then fine but just picking him because he is a lefty is really poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giri26 View Post
    Doesn't make sense to me. You pick your best bowlers and if JB is your top 5 best pacer in the country then fine but just picking him because he is a lefty is really poor.
    We'll see how he goes but yes, it is at least justifiable.

    He IS currently in the team. A team which has been winning.

    He went ok in the ODI series.

    His T20 form lately has been very strong - and we have to judge off that since its the only other cricket he's been playing.

    Who else would we pick who is fit? Why drop 'Dorf when he has been doing Ok in a winning team in conditions quite hard for quick bowlers & has been very strong in other limited over formats?

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    Bowling looks weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    We'll see how he goes but yes, it is at least justifiable.

    He IS currently in the team. A team which has been winning.

    He went ok in the ODI series.

    His T20 form lately has been very strong - and we have to judge off that since its the only other cricket he's been playing.

    Who else would we pick who is fit? Why drop 'Dorf when he has been doing Ok in a winning team in conditions quite hard for quick bowlers & has been very strong in other limited over formats?
    Well to be frank the team which won in India and UAE had Handscomb who did very well in both those series. Behrendorff is a T20 bowler and his ODI stats read 6 games 7 wickets at an average of 41 and economy of 5.33. How does he make the WC squad?

    Handscomb who was part of the same winning squad scored 479 runs at an average of 43. Don't understand the same. Everything else seems fine to me with the squad. Is Hazlewood unfit? If he is not, surprised he isn't in the squad ahead of JB if at all they wanted 5 bowlers. Hazlewood 72 wickets at an average of 25 and econ of 4.73.

    Anyways overall a good squad and the batting looks really strong with Smith and Warner back.

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    They dropped Turner?

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    Very poor from the selectors to drop Handscomb

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    Handscomb in place of Carey and Hazelwood in place of CoulterNile. Hazel would have been lethal in seaming conditions.

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    Excellent squad selected. They can rotate the fast bowlers with these options. Would have selected Handscomb over Shaun Marsh, as he gives you a keeping opition. But I think a keeper can be called up if your regular 1 is injured throughout the tournament.

    Very good squad. Will reach the final imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giri26 View Post
    Well to be frank the team which won in India and UAE had Handscomb who did very well in both those series. Behrendorff is a T20 bowler and his ODI stats read 6 games 7 wickets at an average of 41 and economy of 5.33. How does he make the WC squad?

    Handscomb who was part of the same winning squad scored 479 runs at an average of 43. Don't understand the same. Everything else seems fine to me with the squad. Is Hazlewood unfit? If he is not, surprised he isn't in the squad ahead of JB if at all they wanted 5 bowlers. Hazlewood 72 wickets at an average of 25 and econ of 4.73.

    Anyways overall a good squad and the batting looks really strong with Smith and Warner back.
    Yes, Hazlewood is regarded as unfit. Hasn't played since January- can't be considered.

    'JB is in the team currently. Would you have the selectors drop him for no reason from a winning team (playing, not just in the squad) for a random player right on the eve of the WC? That's more a Pakistani style selection than any other nation.

    Difference between the two cases is that we have to fully fit worldbeaters (literally) ready to come back- they have been playing cricket & playing well. So they top Handscomb easily. His only other competition for a batting spot is Marsh- who did even better than Handscomb in recent games so he is unlucky, but misses out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maliq_Mudasir View Post
    Handscomb in place of Carey and Hazelwood in place of CoulterNile. Hazel would have been lethal in seaming conditions.
    Hazelwood hasn't played any cricket for 4 months & Carey is our only specialist keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFM View Post
    They dropped Turner?
    Smells pakistani like selection, you give chance to a player, he performs and he is then just dropped


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    Surprised Turner didnít get more opportunities. Could have potentially took Stonis place in the squad if given more matches as he showed promise.

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    Yes Handscomb and Turner are surprising omissions but think its going to be high scoring games thats why they have gone with so many bowlers.Also spin is key due to dry summer and both spinners have well for them.Just look at this XI
    Finch
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    Khawaja
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    Cummins
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    Very Strong team

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    One spot: Warner and Khawaja in battle for opening role

    Captain Aaron Finch has all but locked himself in as an opening batsman, leaving David Warner and Usman Khawaja to fight to partner him at the top of the order in Australia's World Cup defence.

    The national selectors have confirmed their 15-man party for the 10-nation event in England and Wales beginning next month, with underdone fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and unlucky batsman Peter Handscomb overlooked.

    David Warner's return from a year-long suspension from the ball-tampering scandal has meant Australia have three frontline options to open the batting, and even a fourth in Shaun Marsh, if required.

    Finch on Monday all but rubber-stamped his spot, but just who will join him could be determined by form through next month's warm-up games in Brisbane against a New Zealand XI and then in two official warm-up matches in England against Sri Lanka and the host nation.

    Khawaja's rich form through the recent series against India and Pakistan has strengthened his hopes, but there are few batsmen like Warner who can turn a match inside the opening power play.

    What is clear is that Australia prefers the dynamic of a left-and-right-handed combination at the top of the order Ė and Finch is the only right-hander.

    "There is going to be plenty to think about over the next six, eight, 10 weeks to start working back from that first game (June 1) and try to find our best combination and, probably, our best way to structure up our side," Finch said.

    "Davey's record at the top is unbelievable. 'Uzzie' has been in great nick recently. Whichever way we go, there is probably scope to mix and match that to that tournament as well ... there is nothing set in stone right now."

    Warner has been in brutal form since returning to the Indian Premier League, thumping a century and four half-centuries in seven innings.

    He has been a match-winner in 50-overs cricket, with 4343 runs at 43.43 with a strike rate of 96.55, including 14 centuries, and his turbo-charged style could be particularly damaging on the smaller English grounds.

    Khawaja has 769 runs Ė the most by an Australian this year Ė at 59 and a strike rate of 84. However, his form when used at No.3 through his career is modest, averaging 24.33 in 10 innings.

    Finch said he, Warner or Khawaja could drop to No.3, but then added: "I probably have the least experience out of everyone in that position in limited overs cricket. So, like I said, it will be something that we will juggle and we will tinker with. I think a left-hand, right-hand combination probably will be the way that we go Ė just depending on which left-hander. We will wait and see."

    He has never batted at No.3 in one-day internationals, having been used only twice outside of an opening role Ė at No.5 last year when he made 0 and 20 against England.

    Finch had been under pressure because of his modest form at home through the summer although there was more to his captaincy than runs, for a strong character was needed to help usher Steve Smith and Warner back into the fold.

    The Victorian rediscovered his touch against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, with twin centuries and twin half-centuries. However, conditions are expected to be considerably different in England, with opponents to target his pads.

    Smith, also returning from suspension, has yet to find top form in the IPL and is still hampered by elbow surgery which has prevented him from throwing properly. Asked if Smith, averaging 41.84 in 108 ODIs, was in Australia's best XI, Finch said: "All of that stuff is up for debate at the moment ... but I would say yes, that would be the short answer."

    The decision to overlook Handscomb has left the squad without a back-up wicketkeeper, although Finch has some experience. He said a specialist gloveman could be found quickly if Alex Carey was hurt, particularly as Handscomb, Matthew Wade and Tim Paine will be in England on an Australia A tour.

    Having ridden an eight-game winning streak to claim series victories over India and Pakistan, hopes of a successful defence have been buoyed.

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    It took two series for people to go from underrating Australia to overrating them. They were never as bad as people thought, but they are also not heavy favorites ahead of England and India.

    Unless England and India meet in the semis, I donít see them playing the final. People need to calm down - India had 3 bad games and Pakistan are rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    It took two series for people to go from underrating Australia to overrating them. They were never as bad as people thought, but they are also not heavy favorites ahead of England and India.

    Unless England and India meet in the semis, I don’t see them playing the final. People need to calm down - India had 3 bad games and Pakistan are rubbish.
    Exactly my thoughts. And i am happy that people are overrating them as this will force them to prepare better for matches against them. I believe ind, eng , nz are 3 mist likely teams to reach the sf. For 4th squad aus,sa, pak are going to compete against each other.

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    Pathetic squad. 5 specialist batsmen, one of whom is Shaun Marsh. Not a good idea.

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    Not selecting Hazlewood makes sense, however, surprised Starc is fit enough. What about Kane Richardson? Feel he had a strong case for selection with his BBL performances and especially considering that Jhye dislocated his shoulder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Pathetic squad. 5 specialist batsmen, one of whom is Shaun Marsh. Not a good idea.
    He plays the anchor role. Smith and Warner are the more dynamic batsman while the likes of Stoinis, Maxwell and Carey are the middle-lower order hitters.

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    They had to make some tough decisions with the return of their key players and the axe fell on Handscomb.

    Josh Hazlewood had some fitness issues and it was best to keep him for Ashes, which still has more than 3 months to start giving him ample time to recover completely and become fit and firing for the last Ashes outside WTC.

    Still, he was their best bowler in Champions Trophy 2017 which was played in England and was a vital cog of their attack, who could keep it tight as well strike with the new ball. I am sure Australia will miss him, and he could have easily replaced Jason Behrendorff to strengthen their attack if he was fit.

    Peter Handscomb could have been selected in place of Nathan Lyon, but due to the dry summers lately they have opted for 2 spinners in the squad and could play them both depending on the pitch and opponent, along with Starc, Cummins and Stoinis to round off the bowling attack.

    So, at best 2 changes were possible.

    Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood in for Nathan Lyon/Nathan Coulternile and Jason Behrendorff.

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    Great to see Khawaja force himself into the squad, he deserves it.

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    Not sure why Behrendorff makes the squad.

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    Weird not selecting Handscomb and Turner.

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    Good squad.

    I think Khawaja has done enough to keep his spot. I'd leave him as opener, and just demote everyone else. No point messing with a performing opening pair too. Play Warner at 3, Smith at 4. And then probably Marsh and Maxwell take the remaining places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ads101 View Post
    Good squad.

    I think Khawaja has done enough to keep his spot. I'd leave him as opener, and just demote everyone else. No point messing with a performing opening pair too. Play Warner at 3, Smith at 4. And then probably Marsh and Maxwell take the remaining places.
    After Rohit, Warner is still the best ODI opener around and the tone that he sets in the first 15 overs is still crucial for Australia. They will most definitely play him and Finch at the top with Khawaja at 3 and Smith at 4.

    Shaun Marsh will most likely be the one to make way for Smith.
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    Handscomb has been robbed. Pathetic decision to pick 7 bowlers. Jason Beherendorff's selection was unnecessary, should have definitely been replaced by handscomb. Australia will really regret the decision to ignore a really stable middle order batsman.

    I think Ashton turner should have come in place of smith, the aus team already has too many accumulators.

    IIm also really hoping for glory boys smith and warner to avg 14 in the world cup, they have robbed the placed of players who actually earned their way into the team.

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    Hazlewood is a big miss, he was probably Aus best LOI bowler in last 2-3 years before Cummins took over. Even now he is ranked 13 in the ODI rankings after missing quite a lot of white ball cricket which is above very other pacer in the squad except Cummins.


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    Jye Richardson is a mediocre bowler, why would you pick him over Hazlewood, is he still injured?

    Think the 3rd seamer might turn out to be a headache for the Aussies now. Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorf can go for plentym if they don't have a good day.

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    Oh wow! they haven't picked Mitch Marsh either, might haunt them, considering the fact that Stoinis's right arm form finders, are unlikely to work on good batting surfaces.

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    I see them making to Finals. They will play England for the Cup.

    Aus vs Eng Finals will be a juicy one.

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    Five takeaways from Australiaís CWC 2019 squad

    Australia became the second team to announce their squad for the 10-nation ICC Menís Cricket World Cup 2019, to be held in England and Wales.

    Steve Smith and David Warner made their expected returns to the national side after serving out their respective year-long bans.

    But some other veterans were left out, while a couple of exciting young talents also missed the flight to England. At the end of it, what were the biggest talking points? Who were the big gainers and losers? And what does it say about the future of Australian cricket? Letís dive in.

    Peter Handscomb isnít first in line yet

    In perhaps the most surprising omission from the squad, Handscomb was left out despite a stellar 2019, in which he has averaged 43.54 and struck at close to 100. Handscomb was one of the lynchpins of Australiaís series win in India. His 117 in Mohali paved the way for Australiaís highest successful ODI chase ever.

    Handscomb can also serve as a back-up wicket-keeper. But with an endless supply of top-order batsmen, with Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch in the form of their lives, and David Warner returning after a year-long absence, Handscombís tremendous start to 2019 went unrewarded.

    Josh Hazlewood is a long-format bowler


    The fast bowler has been battling a back injury that has kept him out of cricket since the home Test series against India. There were murmurs abound that Hazlewood was likely to be preserved for the Ashes series later in the summer, and they turned out to be true.

    Hazlewoodís omission goes beyond fitness reasons as he has been named in the Australia A squad for the tour of England. Since the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand, Hazelwood has played a mere 31 ODIs, all while being an integral member of Australiaís Test attack.

    Explaining his omission, Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors said that their focus is on having Hazlewood ready for the Ashes, and it is clear that he doesnít figure prominently in Australiaís white-ball plans for now.

    A long time coming for Nathan Lyon

    It has taken a while coming, but Nathan Lyon is finally set to make his maiden appearance at the World Cup. Lyon has for long been Australiaís go-to wicket-taker in Tests. In fact, he is Australiaís most successful spinner after Shane Warne in Test cricket. However his ODI career has never fully taken flight, with 25 appearances over seven years. He was trumped by Xavier Doherty in Australiaís squad for the home World Cup in 2015.

    But, after consistently winning Test matches for Australia around the world, he has in recent times got opportunities in the one-day squad. While Adam Zampa's leg-spin might still be their first choice Ė he is their leading wicket-taker this year, with 18 scalps Ė Lyon experience will be a useful facet.

    Mitchell Marsh faces a long climb back

    In September 2018, Mitchell Marsh was named joint vice-captain of the Australian Test team, along with Hazlewood. Today, he neither finds a place in Australiaís World Cup squad, nor in their annual list of contracted players for 2019-20.

    Marsh was picked for the Boxing Day Test against India, but returned 19 runs across two innings and went wicketless after 26 overs. He was subsequently dropped and played no further part in Australiaís home summer. Marsh also hasnít turned out in ODI colours for his country since January 2018.

    He will have a chance to regain the selectorsí faith as he has been named in the A squad for both the one-day and four-day games. But with Australia suddenly boasting a rich pool of all-rounders, with Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell in top form, and several other youngsters, such as Handscomb and Ashton Turner pressing for selection, Marsh faces a tough road back.

    Australia need to go out of the way to protect Alex Carey

    In a stunning move, Australia named a lone specialist wicket-keeper in their squad of 15 for the World Cup. It means that not only does Alex Carey have to shoulder the Ďkeeping responsibilities all by himself, but he will also have to take extra care to make sure he doesnít injure himself.

    Changes to the squad in the event of injury can be effected with the approval of the ICCís event technical committee, and Australia do have back-up in the form of Travis Head, Matthew Wade and Handscomb, who are all part of the A squad that will also be in England. But Australia cannot turn to any of those players should injury strike in the immediate hours leading up to a match.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1179286

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Pathetic squad. 5 specialist batsmen, one of whom is Shaun Marsh. Not a good idea.
    Who do you pick/drop instead & why- taking into account recent form, series played & proximity of WC?

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    Very very unfair on Handscomb. The guy has been performing consistently in the recent times.

    And Coulter Nile over Hazlewood ? Really? I mean what were they thinking?

    And yeah Stoinis. The guy is living off that 140 odd against New Zealand in a losing cause two years back. Has been mediocre ever since with both bat and ball. Turner would have been a much better option.

    Non complaints over Behrendorf's selection. He is very good with the new ball and performed well in the JLT shield (Aussie domestic odi competition).

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    Havent been following cricket recently.

    Where did Tim Paine disappear?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Havent been following cricket recently.

    Where did Tim Paine disappear?
    He plays (captains) only tests for them.

    So you have to wait for the Ashes in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Not sure why Behrendorff makes the squad.
    Watched an Australian cricket podcast who said he can pick up early wickets , he did dismiss Kohli today in the IPL.

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    Aus batting is top class.

    4 match winners in their batting. Warner/Smith/Finch/Maxwell are match winners on their day and Khwaja is very consistent.

    Excellent side.

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    Just checking some news headlines, the words "cheat" and "disgraced" very popular around the Aussie World Cup squad stories.


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    Ian Chappell, the former Australia captain, sees no place for Usman Khawaja in Australia’s XI for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

    Khawaja has enjoyed a breakthrough year since returning to the one-day international side early in 2019, and has piled on runs relentlessly at the top of the order. He has been the most prolific one-day batsman so far this year, averaging 59.15 for his 769 runs, with two centuries and six fifties in 13 innings.

    However, with David Warner and Steve Smith returning to the side after a year-long ban for ball-tampering, Australia face an influx of top-order batsmen that will necessitate several changes to their line-up.

    Chappell believed Smith and Warner’s inclusion was non-negotiable, and with Khawaja not ideally suited to batting in the middle order, said his exclusion was unavoidable.

    “They [Smith and Warner] have got to play. They’re way and above the rest of the batsmen, as we’ve seen," Chappell told World Wide of Sports. "Early on, when they were out [of the side], the batting really struggled. They paid their price for what they did, and as far as I’m concerned, they’ll be in the best side.

    “Australia tend to do that at World Cup tournaments: pick who they think is their best side and stick with it. They don’t tend to chop and change too much.

    "Khawaja could be one who misses out, with Warner replacing him. Smith will bat at three, I would have thought. It probably comes down to a choice between Shaun Marsh and Khawaja – one of those two will miss out."

    Chappell added that he preferred Marsh over Khawaja, because of the former's one-day record over a longer period of time and the fact that he is better suited to the middle order. “I think [Khawaja] is more effective if he’s opening. [It's] the best place to bat in one-day cricket," said Chappell.

    "The other concern you’ve got is Khawaja’s fielding – he’s not that flash in the field, in my opinion. If he’s not going to open, I’m not sure that there’s a spot for him. Marsh has a terrific one-day record and he’s certainly done it over a longer period than Khawaja."

    However, Aaron Finch, the Australia ODI captain, believes there is room for both David Warner and Usman Khawaja in the top order.

    Chappell also backed the inclusion of youngsters Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson ahead of Josh Hazlewood, and picked Adam Zampa to be his first-choice spinner over Nathan Lyon.

    "In the interest of a bit of variety, Behrendorff might come in [ahead of Richardson] to give them another left-armer,” he said. "You’ve got [Marcus] Stoinis as a right-arm quickie as the all-rounder, so they might go for variety.

    “As far as the spinners go, I think the first choice will be the leggie, Zampa. But as the tournament goes on, and particularly if the pitches are starting to wear a bit, you could well see both of them in, although they may feel that [Glenn] Maxwell gives them the off-spin option without having to play the second spinner."


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    Handscomb and Hazlewood should have been picked who have been both very good in ODIs.

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    Aussies look good for semi final spot

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    And just like that Australia have become serious contender for the title

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    Solid squad if you ask me one of the best announced so far.


    IN PAKISTAN LIES OUR DELIVERANCE,DEFENCE, AND HONOUR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QalandarFan View Post
    Solid squad if you ask me one of the best announced so far.
    It will be the best, until Pakistan's Squad is announced.

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    Very Strong team.

    Favourites now stand as:
    ENG
    IND/AUS
    NZ
    SA/PAK
    WI

    No chance for the rest. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    It will be the best, until Pakistan's Squad is announced.
    Hai jazba junoon
    To himmat na haar

    These two verses perfectly fit here.

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    'Can't see there being any issues' Ė Finch happy to have Smith, Warner back

    Aaron Finch, the Australia limited-overs captain, welcomed the returns of David Warner and Steve Smith, and expressed confidence that the duo's reintegration into the team would be seamless.

    Smith and Warner were named in Australia's 15-man squad for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 that was announced on Monday, 15 April. The World Cup is set to be the first international tournament back for both players, after they were handed year-long bans by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident.

    "As far as I'm concerned, they've done everything they've been asked [to] in these last 12 months," Finch said. "They were very good around the group and continuing to do everything they can that's in the best interests of the side, and that's a real key.

    "Knowing them both personally as well as I do, I don't think that will be any kind of issue whatsoever. They're both great guys and I can't see there being any kinds of issues."

    Australia have made a fresh start since the duo's bans, under Finch in the limited-overs formats, and Tim Paine in Test cricket, alongside new head coach Justin Langer. They have repeatedly stressed on a cultural overhaul and having identified a new way forward for the team and its conduct on the field going forward.

    Smith and Warner have already been introduced to that new culture, when they spent time with the squad in the United Arab Emirates, ahead of the five-match one-day international series against Pakistan.

    Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said that members from the CA board have been in touch with the players, to make sure they fall in line with what is going to be expected from them when they eventually return.

    "There have been a lot of people speaking to them from Cricket Australia," Hohns said. "I'm quite comfortable and quite confident that they know what is expected and they know the environment they are stepping into, which is quite different to when they left.

    "There are enough hard-nosed people around the Australian cricket team to make sure it [keeping the team culture intact] does happen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    After Rohit, Warner is still the best ODI opener around and the tone that he sets in the first 15 overs is still crucial for Australia. They will most definitely play him and Finch at the top with Khawaja at 3 and Smith at 4.

    Shaun Marsh will most likely be the one to make way for Smith.
    Im not sure of that. I think khwaja may have to make way. He should be a back up opener. It should be

    Warner
    Finch
    Smith
    Marsh
    Maxwell
    Stoinis
    Carey

    Marsh offers quite a bit if stability in that middle order. If they want to include khwaja they can play him at 3 and drop stoinis instead . Finch can be the 6th bowler if necessary.

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    Ignoring Josh is shocking and unacceptable. Selecting Jason over him is beyond me. Not sure what the selectors are trying to show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercurial View Post
    Ignoring Josh is shocking and unacceptable. Selecting Jason over him is beyond me. Not sure what the selectors are trying to show.
    Ummm... maybe that you can't select a guy for a WC who hasn't played a single game of cricket at any level for the last 5 months due to injury? That seems pretty reasonable right?

    Like only select a fit player? Or one who has any form at all in a competitive match? Big statement but do you even know the details you are speaking about?

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    Ignoring Mitchell Marsh is also kind of shocking, provided he is not injured, as he is better than Stoinis for sure in this format.

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    It's a very good squad. They are rightfully among the firm favorites.


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