Australia include uncapped trio in 26-man preliminary squad
July 16 2020
Stoinis is back in the mix for a spot in Australia's limited-overs squads.
With an eye on a potential limited-overs series in England in September, Cricket Australia on Thursday (July 16) named a 26-member preliminary squad consisting of the uncapped trio of Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe.
Notably, Glenn Maxwell, who hasn't played for Australia since last October, has made the cut. Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile - all part of the 2019 World Cup campaign - have been overlooked. Allrounder Marcus Stoinis, who was dropped from Australia's limited-overs squads recently and wasn't handed a national contract, is back in contention again.
Out of favour in white-ball cricket lately, Travis Head and Usman Khawaja have also got the nod. Following injuries to Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, pacer Andrew Tye has been named in the 26-member squad despite not fetching a state contract recently.
Australia's preliminary 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.
Acknowledging that there remain several hurdles to overcome, CA termed the move as 'a positive step, albeit not a definitive one'.
"We continue to work with the ECB and government agencies and a decision on the tour will be made in due course" said Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of National Teams. "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.
"The health and well-being of players and staff, along with our commitment to public health within our communities, remain our utmost priority."
National Selector Trevor Hohns noted that the rationale behind such an extensive list is not only to ensure the Australian team has cover in case of contingencies, but also a view towards the two upcoming World Cups.
"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.
"The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the BBL... [and] are among those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket. The preliminary list also has a view towards the upcoming T20 WC and in the longer term the 2023 ICC World Cup."
The final squad will be announced if and when the tour is confirmed.
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