Cricket Australia have announced their squad for India tour of 3-ODIs. Chief selector Trevor Hohns announced the squad on Tuesday addressing the media.
Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis have been dropped from the India tour squad following their poor returns in recent series.
Glenn Maxwell, who made himself unavailable for international cricket during Sri Lanka series citing mental health reasons, is set to return for the big bash league but he has not been considered for national duties yet.
“It is great to see Glenn Maxwell returning to the game in the Big Bash League. We will closely monitor his form after what would have been disappointing 12 months in the one-day game by his standards”, said Hohnsabout Maxwell
On the other hand, Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja have been in poor patch of form and overlooked for the India tour. With the phenomenal rise of Marcus Labuschagne and some other players, selection committee have gone with them.
“Similar to the Test team, we are wanting the white-ball squad to continue the form of the unbeaten T20 series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The performance of our white-ball squads has been strong, and we are hoping to build the momentum towards the T20 World Cup … and ultimately the 2023 ICC World Cup in India. We also believe Marnus Labuschagne is ready for his international white-ball debut after his strong form for Queensland in this form of the game,” chief selector Trevor Hohns said.
Also dropped from the squad that tour England are Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon and Nathan Coulter-Nile. While pacer Jason Behendroff is out for injury. Sean Abbott, Josh Hazelwood, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner and Marnus Labuschagne take their places in the squad.
Justin Langer, the head coach, is also taking rest from the India tour after 18 months of continuous coaching. Assistant coach Andrew McDonald will take charge of the team for the three-match ODI series in January.
Earlier Langer has also advocated split coaches for each format and giving proper rest to coaching staff also. He said, “As one of the leadership group it’s important to show that not only are we focused on getting the balance right for the players but equally the coaches and staff, head coach included.”
Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Sean Abbott and Pat Cummins will form the pace battery for Indian tour.
Australia’s ODI squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Here is the schedule of Australia tour of India 2020:-
1st ODI : January 14, Mumbai
2nd ODI : January 17, Rajkot
3rd ODI : January 19, Bengaluru