Australia Announce 18-member Preliminary Squad For ODI World Cup, India And South Africa Series
The Australian cricket team is the first to name its preliminary team for the ODI World Cup, which will be held in India this year. Cricket Australia put out the name of the eighteen individuals on the team on Twitter. Before the big event starts, the selected players will also play South Africa and India in games that have already been set up.
Marnus Labuschagne is the most famous player who didn't appear. Since his first game in January 2020, the batter has played in 30 of Australia's 38 games, with an average of 31.37. It's also important to know that only 15 of the 18 people chosen will go to the World Cup.
Pat Cummins, who is the captain of Australia, has a broken wrist that will keep him out for six weeks. He is likely to join the ODI team in South Africa for a warm-up series before going to India for a 3-match series against the home team.
Mitchell Starc, another fast bowler from Australia, is currently hurt, but he was still chosen for the Australia ODI series.
After the team was announced, Australia's selection chair George Bailey said that Cummins has "an undisplaced fracture of his left radius" that will take six weeks to heal.
"We think it's good that Pat has to take some time off before this important World Cup challenge.
"There are still a number of games he could play before the World Cup, which is more than enough for him to have a strong preparation," he added.
Australia's ODI squad: Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Labuschagne is the most notable omission from the 50-over squad having played 30 of Australia's 38 matches since his debut in January 2020, with an average of 31.37.
Australia's run to the ODI World Cup
Tour of South Africa
September 7: First ODI, Bloemfontein
September 9: Second ODI, Bloemfontein
September 12: Third ODI, Potchefstroom
September 15: Fourth ODI, Centurion
September 17: Fifth ODI, Johannesburg
Tour of India
September 22: First ODI, Mohali
September 24: Second ODI, Indore
September 27: Third ODI, Rajkot