Shane Warne selects Australian squad for 2019 World Cup: The legendary spinner has named some surprising inclusions in his team.
Irrespective of the team, every passing day is bringing people closer to their probable squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Given the importance of the tournament, there is excitement all round regarding which players will make the cut to play the world event.
With all the teams scheduled to play one or maybe two series before the event, the teams have started to zero in on players who are most likely to board the flight to England in May.
In his recent column for the Hearld Sun, former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne disclosed what he believed would be the best combination for Australia going into the World Cup.
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Despite Australia’s below par record in the recent times, the 49-year old individual started by mentioning that he firmly believes that the Australian team has it in it to win the World Cup this year.
“I really do believe Australia can win the World Cup. I think it’s a fantastic one-day side. The talent is there, and if they can gel quickly, I think they’ll play really well,” Warne mentioned in his column.
Smith and Warner will be driven to perform
Hailing the suspended duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, Warne opined that they will want to make amends. “They will want to make a statement, they will want to make amends, but also to prove to everyone just how good they are. They’ll be so driven,” Warne added.
Writing precisely about Smith, Warne wanted him to completely recover from an elbow injury and disclosed who could be included as cover for him. “I’d really like to find a spot in the team for Ashton Turner, but he’s a very handy reserve. He comes in if Smith’s elbow doesn’t recover.
“Smith has to be able to field too. If he can’t throw, he doesn’t go. I’m also happy to include Peter Handscomb to keep his spot in the squad. I like what he’s done in the team recently,” Warne wrote.
Warne said that it was important for the players to stay hungry to perform in Test cricket
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Warne also advocated for opening batsman D’Arcy Short in his column. Furthermore, he included three uncapped players in Ashton Turner, Josh Phillipe and Riley Meredith in a pretty inexperienced bowling unit.
Shane Warne selects Australian squad for 2019 World Cup
1) David Warner 2) D’Arcy Short 3) Aaron Finch (c) 4) Steve Smith 5) Shaun Marsh 6) Marcus Stoinis 7) Glenn Maxwell 8) Alex Carey 9) Pat Cummins 10) Mitchell Starc 11) Jhye Richardson
Reserves – (One likely to miss the squad) Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, Josh Phillipe, Riley Meredith.