Five-time world champions Australia have finalized their 15-man squad for the upcoming 2023 World Cup. Sean Abbott has been included in the squad, while Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, and Tanveer Sangha failed to make the cut. Australia had announced an 18-man preliminary squad but has now reduced it to 15 as per the requirement of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Along with Ellis, Hardy, and Sangha, Test star Marnus Labuschagne has also missed out on a place in the World Cup.
Chief selector George Bailey expressed confidence in players like Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc returning to fitness ahead of the competition. He believes that the Australian team has enough time to continue preparing for the showpiece event. As quoted by the ICC, the former middle-order batsman said:
“Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are on track in their return to play programs. All are well placed to come back online in the coming weeks and potentially for selection in the upcoming series against India. There are eight one-day matches still to play in South Africa and India before the final squad is due to be declared. They are followed by two World Cup practice games, which offers plenty of opportunity to continue the build for the tournament.”
Alex Carey and Josh Inglis are the two keepers in the squad, with the former being the first-choice gloveman. After the five-match ODI series against South Africa starting on Thursday, Australia will play three more 50-over matches against India. The Men in Yellow have warm-up matches against Pakistan and the Netherlands before starting their campaign against India on October 8 in Chennai. Led by Aaron Finch, the five-time champions finished as semi-finalists in the 2019 edition.
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Australia’s 2023 World Cup Squad
Australia’s 15-member squad for the 2023 World Cup:
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.