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    Australia announce Twenty20 International squad for series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan

    Gillette Twenty20 International Series squad announced

    The National Selection Panel has announced the following 14-man squad for the Gillette Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan:

    Aaron Finch (captain) (Victoria)
    Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
    Alex Carey (vice-captain) (South Australia)
    Pat Cummins (vice-captain) (New South Wales)
    Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
    Ben McDermott (Tasmania)
    Kane Richardson (South Australia)
    Steve Smith (New South Wales)
    Billy Stanlake (Queensland)
    Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
    Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
    Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
    David Warner (New South Wales)
    Adam Zampa (South Australia)

    National Selector, Trevor Hohns said:
    “It is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind. We have looked to put a squad together that we think can take us through to that tournament.

    “Australia won our two most recent T20I matches against India in February and face a worthy challenge to open the Australian international summer with three matches each against Sri Lanka and the number one ranked Pakistan.

    “The squad we have selected is quite role specific and we believe it gives us the flexibility to thrive in all match conditions.

    “We are delighted to welcome Steve Smith and David Warner back into the Twenty20 International fold. Steve is a world-class batsman in all formats, while Warner is Australia’s highest ever T20I runs-scorer. He was also the leading runs-scorer at this year’s Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    “Aaron Finch retains the captaincy after strong recent 50-over form at the World Cup and Marsh Cup and forms an excellent top three along with Warner and Smith. Aaron is joined by vice-captains Alex Carey and Pat Cummins, both of whom are still in their 20s and in possession of outstanding leadership skills.

    “In terms of batsmen, we have selected top and middle-order specialists. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Carey provide us excellent options through the middle-order after Finch, Warner and Smith.

    “In terms of spinners, we feel like the all-round package Ashton Agar possesses is irresistible at the moment and Adam Zampa has proven to be a very good T20 bowler in all conditions.

    “We’re also confident in the potency and flexibility of our fast bowling group. Mitchell Starc gives us a left-arm option and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading quicks at the top of the innings and at the death. Pat Cummins is a world-class right-arm option and has been in superb form of late. Andrew Tye is a wicket-taking proposition, Billy Stanlake has the X-factor and Kane Richardson has been an excellent short-form player for some time now.

    “We’re looking forward to the series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as we build towards the Twenty20 World Cup.”

    The squad will travel to Adelaide on Thursday, October 24 and ahead of the first T20I at the venue starting on Sunday, October 27.

    Gillette T20I schedule vs Sri Lanka:
    Sunday, October 27 – First T20I, Adelaide Oval
    Wednesday, October 30 – Second T20I, The Gabba
    Friday, November 1 – Third T20I, Melbourne Cricket Ground

    Gillette T20I schedule vs Pakistan:
    Sunday, November 3 – First T20I, Sydney Cricket Ground
    Tuesday, November 5 – Second T20I, Manuka Oval
    Friday, November 8 – Third T20I, Perth Stadium


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    Pretty strong squad. Cummins, Starc, Maxwell, Finch, Warner, Carey and Smith are there.

    Let's hope this SL series has knock some sense into Misbah and he picks a good squad this time and lets hope Babar captains it.

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    Full strength team

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    Cummins deserved a rest

    He has bowled like a machine this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Cummins deserved a rest

    He has bowled like a machine this year.
    He has gotten a rest from shield cricket and will not play any domestic so he is fit for the Sri Lanka and Pak series.

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    When was the last time you saw Warner, Smith, Starc and Cummins in a T20 team? This is the closest they can get to a full strength team. So, finally they've started to take the format seriously.

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    I would have taken Wade instead of Smith.


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    Strong squad, would be fortunate to win even one of the games

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    With an eye on the ICC Men's Twenty20 World Cup at home next year, Australia have announced a 14-man T20 squad to face Sri Lanka and Pakistan across six games this year.

    Steve Smith, the Player of the Series in the 2019 Ashes, returns to their T20 unit after more than three years. While the 30-year-old has superb numbers in Test and one-day international cricket, he will want to improve on his returns in the T20Is: 431 runs at 21.55 in 30 games.

    Apart from Smith, opener David Warner and left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc have also been included in the squad, while top-order batsman Usman Khawaja has been left out. "It is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men's Twenty20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind," said Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns on Tuesday, 8 October.

    Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, D'Arcy Short, Jhye Richardson, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nathan Lyon, all of whom were a part of the T20I series against India earlier this year, have been left out. Meanwhile, fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has opted to undergo spinal surgery for his recurring lower-back injury.

    While many players have been left out, impressive domestic performers like Billy Stanlake, Ben McDermott and Kane Richardson have been brought back in the squad. Stanlake has picked up five wickets in the Australian domestic one-day cup this year, including figures of 3/38 against South Australia last month. Richardson, too, has been among the wickets, returning six wickets across four games in the competition so far.

    McDermott, meanwhile, has impressed with the bat for Tasmania, and recently smashed an unbeaten century against South Australia in Perth.

    "In terms of batsmen, we have selected top and middle-order specialists. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Carey provide us excellent options through the middle-order after Finch, Warner and Smith," said Hohns.

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1374757


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    Why is Chris Green being ignored when he has shown that he's an amazing bowler and also has considerable batting skills?

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    Pretty strong Aussie team. They are the favorites to win 2020 World T20.


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    That squad should beat us black and blue. Will truly dispel the myth that we are the number 1 T20 team lol.

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    So SL will only travel there for a few T20's ? It should have been a triangular series which would have made it more interesting as well.


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    Australia are taking T20's seriously since the World cup is not far away and on home soil, they can break their duck in this format.


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