3 Uncapped Players In The 26 Man Australia Cricket Squad.
Cricket Australia has named a 26 man squad for a potential tour of the UK. Australia was initially scheduled to tour the UK for 3 ODIs and an equal number of T20Is. Unfortunately, due to the spread of the coronavirus, the series got postponed.
Now it seems like they may squeeze the limited-overs tour this September. There are a few old faces and a few new ones. The preliminary Australia Cricket squad is as follows:
Australia Cricket Squad
Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
The new faces – Australia Cricket Squad:
The 27-year-old Sams has earned his first international call-up after a stellar BBL season where he topped the wickets chart with 30 wickets to his name. That’s eight more than the next best of Chris Morris with 22 wickets to his name.
Apart from his bowling ability, he has proven himself to be very capable with the bat in hand as well. With top scores of 82 in FC and 62 in List-A for New South Wales and a BBL best of 42, he can give you the quick runs when needed.
He was also the only bowler in the tournament to have bowled two maidens in the 2019/20 BBL season. With an economy below 8 for a bowler who mainly bowls at the death and the powerplay, he has done extremely well.
The highest BBL 2019-20 wicket-taker in the Australia Cricket Squad. Not Bad!
Josh Philippe: (Perhaps most potential in Australia Cricket Squad)
The young, explosive in Joshua Philippe has earned a well-deserved call-up. An excellent batsman, he has not only impressed with the bat. He also has very handy skills with the gloves behind the wicket.
Primarily a batsman, Philippe has been impressive so far in his short career with Western Australia and the Sydney Sixers. Quite often touted as Australia’s next wicket-keeper batsman, Josh has definitely lived up to the expectations to date. He had an exceptional BBL 2019/20 where he was the third-highest scorer. With an excellent 50 in the finals to go with his impressive tournament.
Riley Meredith was unfortunate to be sidelined via injury from the BBL 2019/20 after only 6 games. Nevertheless, Riley was exceptional in his six games, picking up 10 wickets in six games in 20.3 overs. He averaged 13 with the ball and had an economy rate of 6.68 in the tournament.
Whenever you talk to Shane Warne about pace bowling, I can guarantee you, you will get to hear about Riley Meredith from him. A lean, mean pace machine, Riley often hovers north of 145kph, quite often clocking 152-153kph. With a mean bouncer in his arsenal, the future of Australian pace bowling may very well depend on him.
If Shane Warne says you are potential, you should perhaps definitely be part of the Australia Cricket Squad?
The guys coming back:
Usman Khawaja: ( Shouldn’t have been dropped perhaps from the Australia Cricket Squad?)
Usman Khawaja went from being Australia’s best ODI batsmen in 2019 to not having a central contract any longer in 2020. Since Smith and Warner have come back, Khawaja hasn’t dialled down. But unfortunately, he has not received opportunities to play any longer.
An excellent player of spin, Khawaja was instrumental in Australia’s win in the UAE and India. An excellent batsman, who has had excellent performances lost his place in the strong Australian side. He has a Bradmanesque average of 96.8 opening the batting in test matches.
Stonis comes back after being axed from the Australian side after a poor World Cup run. With an exceptional BBL tournament to his name, Stoinis has well and truly earned his spot back in the Australia Cricket Squad.
With 705 T20 runs in this Big Bash Competition, he has outscored the second-best batsman in Alex Hales by over a 100 runs. Averaging 54, Marcus Stoinis helped the Melbourne Stars reach the final.
The last old face in this Australia squad, is, Sean Abbott managed to play only 7 games this BBL season, but he picked 14 wickets in them, with an excellent economy of 7.3 and an impressive bowling average of 12.
Not only is he a bowler, but he is also an excellent all-rounder. Just as impressive with the bat as he is with the ball, he has proved himself and earned himself a spot in this lineup.
This has been an excellent squad declared by the Cricket Australia selectors. Josh Philippe as back-up for Alex Carey as a Wicket-keeper. Sean Abbott, Stoinis all these guys are coming off excellent tournaments and have more than earned their spots. The only surprising inclusion is of Andrew Tye’s he didn’t have a great year either to come back. I believe it is as cover for the T20I bowlers.
An exciting Australia Cricket Squad!
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