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Australia Announce 15-Man Squad For Mega-Event

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Shannon Reynolds | 17 April, 2019, 13:59

Hazlewood and Handscomb were instead named in Australia's "A" squad for their tour of England starting in June, which will provide opportunities for players to make their case to be included in the Ashes squad.

It is the first call-up for the former captain and his deputy since the expiry last month of year-long bans for their part in "sandpaper-gate" in Cape Town that had wide repercussions for Australian cricket.

They were eligible for the final two games of Australia's recent limited-overs tour against Pakistan, but selectors preferred that they eased themselves back at the Twenty20 Indian Premier League. Smith, the former Australia captain, and Warner, the former vice-captain, have not played worldwide cricket since their ban following a ball-tampering incident in Cape Town in March 2018.

Questions also remain at the top of the order with Usman Khawaja, captain Aaron Finch and Warner all picked, although it's likely Khawaja could then drop down to No.3.

With Warner's incredible form in the IPL, it seemed nearly impossible for him to miss out on selection.

"Our key criteria focused on selecting a pool of players who are going to help us in our ambition to win the upcoming World Cup and Ashes Series in England, and who can also play the various formats over the course of the Australian summer", he added. They're both great players and they'll fit nicely back into the team, no doubt about that.

Australia's recent red-hot form has been built on the back of a rock-solid opening partnership between Finch and Usman Khawaja. Aaron Finch will lead the team, which will have Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis as the all-rounders.

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They were subsequently handed 12-month bans by Cricket Australia.

"The fifteen-player squad for the ICC world cup will assemble in Brisbane for a training camp at the National Cricket Centre on May 2", Cricket Australia said.

Meanwhile Langer was also confident on the fitness of Jhye Richardson, who dislocated his shoulder last month but is on track to play in the World Cup after being selected.

Spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa have made the cut, with selectors going for the pace of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, who has been in fine form in the IPL.

Another big name to miss out is fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

Australia "A" four-day: Tim Paine (captain), Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Tremain.

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