Australia squad for West Indies tour: Australia have named a strong 23-member preliminary squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies.
In Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey and Mitchell Swepson, as many as eight Test specialists have returned to the white-ball squad as the Australian selectors have announced a 23-member squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies.
Having last toured New Zealand for a five-match T20I series earlier this year, Australia hadn’t included the aforementioned names as they were slated to tour South Africa for a three-match Test series (which was eventually postponed due to COVID-19).
It was only last week that Cricket West Indies had announced hosting five T20Is and three ODIs against Australia as part of their grand summer schedule which also includes bilateral series against South Africa and Pakistan.
Australia squad for West Indies tour
As far as players who had last played in white-ball formats for Australia, the likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Daniel Sams have been left out due to various reasons.
The addition of leg-spinner Swepson means that Australia now have three wrist-spinners in the squad namely Adam Zampa, Swepson and Tanveer Sangha in addition to all-rounder Ashton Agar.
“Mitch Swepson has been in exceptional form across all three forms of the game. His Big Bash performances with the Heat have been superb, as was his bowling for Queensland.
“Tanveer Sanga was extremely impressive for the Sydney Thunder and we regard him very highly. While he didn’t play in New Zealand it was a great opportunity for a young bowler to be around the group. Along with the class of Adam and Ashton we are very fortunate to have four highly capable spinners on this list,” National Selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement regarding including four spinners in the squad.
Australia’s squad for tour of West Indies: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangh, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
It is worth mentioning that this is a preliminary squad and that there’s a possibility of reducing the number of players to 18 before boarding the flight to West Indies.