Khawaja, Siddle recalled to Australia ODI squad

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Sydney – Veterans Usman Khawaja, Peter Siddle, and Nathan Lyon have been on Friday recalled to a revamped Australian one-day squad to play India with a watch on the World Cup in England later this 12 months. 

After a poor run within the restricted overs format, selectors ruthlessly axed Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Brief, Ben McDermott and all-rounder Ashton Agar. 

Bowling spearheads Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are lacking after being ordered to relaxation and put together for 2 upcoming Exams towards Sri Lanka. 

Nationwide selector Trevor Hohns mentioned that after Australia misplaced to South Africa 2-1 at the beginning of the summer time, a change was wanted to show issues round. 

“With this in thoughts and the World Cup looming, we have chosen gamers we really feel present us with the flexibleness to play a wide range of roles at totally different levels of a match,” he mentioned. 

“The upcoming three-match sequence towards India and the ODI excursions of India and the UAE are essential home windows to place this into apply and to construct a squad to assist defend our World Cup title.” 

Seamer Siddle’s return was a shock. He performed his final one-day worldwide in November 2010, however will get one other probability with the nation’s prime quick bowlers unavailable. 

He’ll lead the assault alongside Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, and Billy Stanlake. 

“It is fantastic to have Peter again within the squad for the primary time since 2010,” mentioned Hohns. 

“His white ball cricket has improved significantly the older he has acquired, and his choice is nice reward for his professionalism and robust management qualities.” 

Khawaja returns after an nearly two-year exile whereas Lyon replaces Agar after being ignored for the current South Africa sequence. Take a look at gamers Mitch Marsh and Peter Handscomb have been additionally included, with Aaron Finch the captain. 

“With a deal with bettering our potential to submit aggressive totals we have recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad,” mentioned Hohns. 

“Usman is a batsman we all know can put important runs on the board on the prime of the order, and Peter just isn’t solely a superb participant of spin bowling, he is additionally a batsman we all know can maintain an innings collectively whereas preserving the scoreboard ticking over. 

“Mitch offers us one other all-round choice along with his potential with each bat and ball.” 

Australia play three one-dayers towards India, beginning in Sydney on January 12 earlier than transferring to Adelaide and Melbourne.

Australia’s 14-man squad:

Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa


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