Khawaja, Maxwell in Australia’s 26-member preliminary squad for England tour

Melbourne, July 16

Australia on Thursday introduced a 26-strong preliminary squad for a yet-to-be-confirmed limited-overs tour of England, naming the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja together with some uncapped gamers with a watch on the currently-uncertain T20 World Cup.

In a press release, CA mentioned asserting the squad is “a positive step, albeit not a definitive one” as it really works for a return to worldwide cricket amid the COVID-19 pandemic. England have already hit the restart button with an ongoing Test sequence in opposition to the West Indies.

“A final decision on the tour has not been made and constructive discussions between Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board and all relevant government agencies remain ongoing,” the CA assertion learn.

A remaining squad shall be introduced if the tour, comprising three ODIs and three T20 Internationals, is confirmed for September.

The preliminary listing options the regulars together with the likes of Maxwell, who hasn’t performed for the nation since October final yr after taking a break to take care of some psychological well being points.

Khawaja too has not been a selected favorite in white-ball cricket for some time now. He missed out on a CA contract for the primary time in 5 years earlier in April.

National Selector Trevor Hohns mentioned the squad isn’t just for the England tour however has additionally been picked with a watch on the T20 World Cup, which is seems to be set to be postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“This preliminary list covers the contingencies of playing One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals in bio-secure hubs with the likely prospect of not being able to bring in replacements should the tour proceed,” he mentioned.

“The preliminary list also has a view towards the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and in the longer term the 2023 ICC World Cup,” he added.

The uncapped trio of Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe, all of whom have carried out effectively within the Big Bash League, had been additionally named within the squad.

“The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the BBL. These emerging players are those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket,” Hohns mentioned.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of National Teams Ben Oliver mentioned CA is hopeful of the tour going forward.

“The ECB are a long-standing and valued international cricket partner and we are doing all we can to give the tour the best possible chance of taking place,” he acknowledged.

“In the meantime, the identification of a preliminary list will enable us to work with players and states more directly on the preparation for the tour in the hope it can proceed,” he added.

The Squad:

Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. PTI

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