Australia T20 squad: Travis Head, Steve Smith battle for opener, Spencer Johnson ignored for sequence in opposition to New Zealand


Allan Border medallist Mitch Marsh captaining Australia within the T20 World Cup appears to be like a certainty after he was named in charged of a full-strength 15-man squad set to tackle New Zealand.

However regardless of requires him to be fast-tracked in to the nationwide aspect, left-arm fast Spencer Johnson, the participant of the ultimate within the Huge Bash, has been ignored, and can as an alternative be on standby with the frontline quick bowlers returning together with Mitchell Starc.

Watch Australia v West Indies on Kayo Sports activities. Each Check, ODI and T20I Dwell with no advert breaks throughout play. New to Kayo? Begin Your Free Trial At present >

Even with Pat Cummins additionally returning for the three matches, Marsh, who was an emotional winner of the highest particular person award in Australian cricket least week, stays in cost.

It’s a transparent indication selectors see Marsh, who captained Australia’s ODI and T20 groups in 2023 at varied phases, is the person to take the aspect by means of the event within the West Indies and USA.

Among the many different shock inclusions, Australia’s T20 participant of the 12 months in 2023, Jason Behrendroff and one-day World Cup winner Sean Abbott, man-of-the match in Australia’s ODI win in Sydney final weekend, have each ignored.

As an alternative injured paceman Nathan Ellis, who stays beneath an cloud for the three-match sequence in opposition to the West Indies which begins on Friday, was named.

Johnson has been named as subsequent man in for the upcoming sequence, ought to Ellis not be match.

Matt Brief, who has been pulled from the squad for the Windies ODIs after his hamstring damage on Sunday, has been included for the sequence in opposition to the Kiwis.

He’ll be monitored over the following few weeks, with Aaron Hardie changing him within the squad for the sequence in opposition to the West Indies.

Nathan Ellis is nearing a full restoration from a rib damage which is topic to additional testing this week. Spencer Johnson, who has joined the ODI squad in Canberra, is on standby for the West Indies sequence ought to Ellis want extra time main into New Zealand.

Travis Head wasn’t a part of Australia’s squad that gained the 2021 T20 World Cup. He’ll battle it out with Steve Smith and Matt Brief for the prospect to open the batting with David Warner at this 12 months’s World Cup.

“Travis, Pat, Mitchell and Steve rejoin the squad following the sequence in opposition to the West Indies with Jason Behrendorff and Sean Abbott among the many standby gamers from these taking part in the upcoming T20s,” nationwide choice chair George Bailey mentioned.

“The subsequent six video games will present us the chance to start out shaping what we expect our World Cup squad will seem like and potential roles inside that.

“We may even totally use the chance to watch and watch the performances of the Australian gamers within the IPL instantly previous the World Cup.”

Regardless of calls from World Cup wining captain Aaron Finch for batting dynamo Jake Fraser-McGurk to be on the alternatives radar for the event, he additionally missed out.

AUSTRALIAN SQUAD FOR T20S IN NEW ZEALAND

Mitchell Marsh (c) Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Brief, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc,

Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.