Australia’s limited overs tour comprising of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is is all set to begin from September 4. Australia have announced a 21-member combined squad for both the formats. The series will mark Australia’s return to international cricket post the Covid-19 break.
While there are no major changes to the squad which traveled South Africa earlier this year, there are a number of new names in the squad and some comebacks too, all of whom had an impressive season in the Big Bash League.
The biggest positive has to be the return of Glenn Maxwell, one of the best middle order batsmen in T20Is since the last T20 World Cup. Along with Maxwell, Andrew Tye and Marcus Stoinis are also set to return to the Australian limited overs setup.
The squad sees a number of newcomers who enter the Aussie squad after catching the eye in the BBL. Daniel Sams, Josh Phelipe and Riley Meredith have been rewarded a place in the side and will be looking to make the most of the opportunity.
Two major players to miss out who were part of the South Africa tour are Jhye Richardson and D’Arcy Short. While Jhye is out due to injury, Short has been dropped.
Aron Finch (C), Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Mathew Wade, David Warner, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Marsh, Andrew Tye, Riley Meredith, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Phelipe, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne
The T20I series is scheduled to be played on September 4,6 and 8, while the ODI series will follow on September 11, 13 and 16.
The Australian and English players are also set to miss the first week of IPL, which starts on September 19, after BCCI denied to relax the quarantine period in UAE.