Australia Named ICC Men’s World Cup Squad, Pat Cummins Will Lead the Team
Australia announces their 15-player provisional squad for the ICC 2023 World Cup in India, led by captain Pat Cummins.
Pat Cummins to Lead Australia’s 15-Man 2023 World Cup Squad; Sean Abbott Earns Maiden Berth
Australia has unveiled its 15-player provisional squad for the upcoming ICC 2023 World Cup in India, with Pat Cummins named as the captain. Notably, Sean Abbott has received his first-ever call-up for this prestigious event, scheduled to commence on October 5.
Earlier, Australia had named a preliminary squad of 18 players for the 50-over cricket extravaganza, but the final selection was announced, trimming the squad to 15 members. The trio unfortunate to miss the final cut includes all-rounder Aaron Hardie, fast bowler Nathan Ellis, and young spinner Tanveer Sangha. In making their selections, the selectors leaned towards experience.
Among the top-order batsmen, Australia is likely to rely on the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Travis Head. The squad features four all-rounders – Cameron Green, Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell – all capable of batting in the top seven positions.
Additionally, Ashton Agar and Sean Abbott, primarily frontline bowlers, bring batting prowess to the team.
Sean Abbott secured the fourth pace-bowling position, joining the formidable trio of captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. This decision edged out competition from Nathan Ellis.
The squad comprises two wicketkeepers: Alex Carey, who is the preferred choice after his commendable performance in the last World Cup in 2019, and Josh Inglis.
The 15-member squad remains provisional and subject to change until the ICC-mandated deadline of September 28.
George Bailey, the Chair of Selectors, expressed confidence that all 15 players in the squad would participate in the India series later this month and be declared fit before the final squad submission to the ICC on September 28.
He stated, “Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are on track in their return to play programs. All are well placed to come back online in the coming weeks and potentially for selection in the upcoming series against India.”
Bailey also highlighted the ample opportunities for the squad to fine-tune their preparations, with eight one-day matches in South Africa and India, followed by two World Cup practice games.
Australia ODI World Cup squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.