Smith, Warner named in Australia's CWC squad

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

Ball-tamperers Steve Smith and David Warner were on Monday selected for Australia's World Cup squad, but there was no room for Josh Hazlewood or Peter Handscomb. The top-order pair will also return to the Cricket Australia central contract list for 2019-2020.

Meanwhile, pacer Hazlewood, who is out of action since January due to injury, was confident of recovering before the World Cup but the selectors made a decision to give him rest keeping Ashes in mid.

Meanwhile, if their IPL form is concerned, David Warner has been churning out runs on a consistent basis for SRH.

With them being included in the World Cup squad, it becomes imperative for Smith and Warner to attend the team's training camp for the mega event.

Shaun Marsh, left, has been included in Australia's World Cup squad, but brother Mitch has missed out and loses his national contract.

Rajasthan will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 before meeting Delhi Capitals in their last league game on May 4, while Sunrisers will be up against Mumbai and RCB on May 2 and May 4 respectively. Handscomb has played each of Australia's last 13 matches, making a century and three half-centuries, averaging 43.54 and boasting of a strike rate of 98.15.

Alex Carey has been named the sole wicketkeeper in the squad.

"(Smith and Warner are) both ... world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL". Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad.

"Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15", said Hohns. But with an Ashes series to immediately follow the World Cup, selectors have instead opted for Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff as their five fast-bowling options.

But Hazlewood, who has been out of action since January with a back injury, missed out, with Hohns saying the focus was on having him ready for the Ashes Test series in England which begins in August.

Cricket Australia's 2019 contract list: Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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