Cricket Australia becomes the first to announce the squad for the tournament which is set to begin on October 5.
Australia Preliminary Squad for World Cup 2023
Australia has shown some amazing decision selections in their 18-Player squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
The leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha and all-rounder Aaron Hardie are included in the squad, with Test player Marnus Labuschagne’s drop from the team reducing the players count to 15 before the start of the tournament on October 5.
Labuschagne’s omission from the 50-over squad is a notable one. He has played 30 of Australia’s 38 matches since his debut in January 2020, with an average of 31.37.
As per ICC regulations, squads must be finalized before September 28, as Australia’s first game at World Cup 2023 coming against India in Chennai on October 8. Pat Cummins will be preparing to be fit for the opening contest after he picked up a fractured wrist during the recent Ashes 2023 series.
George Bailey, the chief selector, has updated us about the fracture of his left radius, which requires six weeks of rehabilitation, so he will do well before the tournament starts.
Presenting your 18-player squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup, as well as two lead-in series against South Africa and India! 🏆🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/h6jVWYJvMy
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 7, 2023
“We view a period of enforced rest for Pat as a positive ahead of this important World Cup campaign. There are still a number of games he could play before the World Cup which is more than enough for him to have a strong preparation.”
Australia will be preparing for the World Cup using the five-match ODI series against South Africa as a warmup match which is scheduled to play next month where the players Sangha and Hardie are sure to be given the chance in those matches.
Sangha has been a part of T20I tours for Australia, but he is yet to make his debut in the ODI World Cup alongside Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa on the Indian pitches.
Hardie will be competing with Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell for all-rounder places in Australia’s side in the upcoming big event.
The squad sees the inclusion of some batters like David Warner, Travis Head, and Josh Inglis, with experienced players like Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, and Cameron Green will be filling the places of all-rounders.
The Australian all-rounder Aaron Hardie has also been included alongside spin bowler Tanveer Sangha. The fast-bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Ellis, and Sean Abbott will be playing under the guidance of skipper Cummins.
Pat Cummins (C), David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (WK), Josh Inglis (WK), Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan Ellis.