Labuschagne omitted from Australia’s initial World Cup squad of 18 players

For the ODI World Cup, Australia has selected an initial 18-man roster. Marnus Labuschagne has been dropped out of the team but players like Aaron Hardie, Tanveer Sangha, and Nathan Ellis have secured a place there.

The 18-member team will initially play five One-Day Internationals in South Africa before traveling to India to play three more ODIs before the World Cup.

Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, and Adam Zampa make up the ODI squad. Pat Cummins serves as captain.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s absence from the ODI series in South Africa was also announced. He has been given family leave and will immediately join the team in India. In order to be ready for the India tour, captain Pat Cummins, who had a wrist injury during the final Ashes Test, will travel to South Africa with the team for the ODI series.

George Bailey, the chair of selectors, stated that Pat “injured his left wrist diving in the field on the first day at The Oval.” “He needs six weeks of rehabilitation because he has a left radius fracture that is not dislocated. We anticipate that he will join the team for the South African ODI Series. We see Pat being obliged to take some time off as a benefit before this crucial World Cup campaign. Before the World Cup, he still has a lot of games left to play, which is more than enough for him to have solid preparation.

Australia will also play a three-match T20I series against South Africa prior to the ODIs, with the star players rested. The backup team, without players like Starc, Hazlewood, Warner, Cummins, and Green, will be led by Mitchell Marsh.

Hardie, who was selected for the ODI team, is also selected for the T20 team. While Jason Behrendorff was selected for the first time since the 2022 Pakistan tour, South Australian Spencer Johnson and Victorian Matt Short both make their national team debuts.

“Mitch has long been a senior player within the white ball structure, and this is an opportunity for him to add to his leadership skills at an international level,” Bailey said. “We anticipate his making that decision in South Africa. Future prospective national players have been recognized in Aaron, Spencer, and Matt due to their exceptional performances in the BBL.

“Matt has flourished with added responsibility at the top of the order for the Strikers, while Aaron has impressed in recent appearances for Australia A as well as the Scorchers. In his first season with the Heat, Spencer was incredibly productive with his left-arm pace and bounce. The opportunity to play their first international games will be provided by this trip for all three.

Mitchell Marsh (C), Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, and Adam Zampa comprise the T20I team.

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