Australia have named a 26 man squad keeping in mind the white ball tour to England, which is slated to take place in September.
The group will help cover a range of contingencies if the England tour takes place, which will most likely be held in a bio-secure environment, meaning replacement players won’t be able to be drafted in. A final squad will be named if and when the tour is confirmed.
Here is the preliminary squad that has been announced (in alphabetical order):
The uncapped trio of Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith have received a call up on the back of their performances in the Big Bash League. Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head and Usman Khawaja have returned to the white ball setup after quite a long period of time. Among notable names who could not make the squad were Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile, all of whom were part of the 50 Over World Cup last year. Pacers Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson missed out due to injury.
Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams, said while officials are still working through the logistics of touring England, the announcement of a 26-man group of players gives everyone some much-needed clarity. He was quoted as saying, “We continue to work with the ECB and government agencies and a decision on the tour will be made in due course. In the meantime, the identification of a preliminary list will enable us to work with players and states more directly on the preparation for the tour in the hope it can proceed. The health and wellbeing of players and staff, along with our commitment to public health within our communities, remain our utmost priority.”
Australia selector Trevor Hohns said, “This preliminary list covers the contingencies of playing One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals in bio-secure hubs with the likely prospect of not being able to bring in replacements should the tour proceed. The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the BBL. These emerging players are those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket. The preliminary list also has a view towards the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and in the longer term the 2023 ICC World Cup.”