With the T20 World Cup coming up in October, slots for the Australian squad have yet to be confirmed, although the team has been busy with many tours and matches. However, some players have excused themselves from the touring squads, and team selectors have stated that their inclusion in the World cup squad will not be automatic.
David Warner, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis have sought time off for personal reasons and will not feature in any upcoming tours. In addition, Daniel Sims begged off for the sake of his mental health after contracting COVID in India, where he plays for the Royal challengers Bangalore.
Although Australian team selectors have expressed disappointment with these mass absences, they respect the player’s decisions, and they are optimistic that this will give others a chance to shine. The players have a right to take time off if they feel they will not give their best while on team duty or pressing issues that need urgent attention. Team selectors cannot force them to tour or play if they opt out. These absences will also test the team’s depth of talent as they manoeuvre without several of their first-team players.
The gaps in the squad have spelled good news to those who have been included in the team to fill them.
Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, and Dan Christian have been recalled to the team, while Wes Agar has received his first call-up to the squad. To strengthen the ranks further, players such as Josh Phillipe and Riley Meredith, who were part of the T20 squad in New Zealand, also stand a chance to make the team.
Australia’s selection of players for the T20 World Cup squad has been plagued by many stubborn issues like injuries, biosecure bubble safety requirements, resting players, and these latest absences. However, team selectors have intimated that although some players will get automatic call-ups upon their resumption from leave, the door is wide open for players who will impress during upcoming matches.
Due to the prevailing COVID conditions, the team selectors foresee where they might have to pick a squad larger than the traditional fifteen players for the T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Australian team selectors have also confirmed that they will not include Marnus Labuschagne in upcoming tours. This decision is because Labuschagne is content to play County Cricket, with Glamorgan playing T20 cricket. He would prefer to be assured of continuous play in County Cricket than tour with the Australian team only to warm the bench and perhaps feature in an ODI.
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