Cricket Australia (CA), on Wednesday, announced their squad for the opening T20I against England, scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 9, in Perth.
Australia have rested their frontline bowling attack in the form of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa for the T20I. Star all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell, will also be unavailable for the three-match series opener but will rejoin the squad for the two games in Canberra.
The likes of Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar have returned to the squad, having been managed through side injuries over the last few weeks. Further, Cameron Green has also been retained for the England series, while Mitchell Swepson and Nathan Ellis have been added for the first game.
“The high-performance team and selectors have planned these matches to ensure our squad get to the World Cup fresh and ready to perform. Some squad members travelled to Perth early to begin preparations slightly earlier than the main squad, and a handful of others will not make the trip to Perth,” said Chair of Selectors George Bailey in a statement.
“With some players remaining on the east coast, it provides further opportunity for Nathan Ellis and Daniel Sams, who both performed well in India. Likewise, Mitchell Swepson was a part of last year’s World Cup squad and continues to provide good depth in our T20 spin bowling department,” he added.
Australia squad for the first T20I against England:
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Josh Inglis, Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Ellis, Kane Richardson