Smith, Warner recalled for Australia’s World Cup squad
Steve Smith and David Warner completed their remarkable return of the ball-handling scandal that shook cricket when they were selected on Monday in the defending champion team of the Australian World Cup.
But there was no space for Josh Hazlewood or Peter Handscomb in the tournament in England and Wales.
It is the first call for the former captain and his deputy since the expiration last month of the one-year bans of his participation in the “sandpapergergate” in Cape Town that had wide repercussions for Australian cricket.
The then trainer, Darren Lehmann, resigned and all the leading members of Cricket Australia left after a scathing criticism said that their “arrogant and controlling” culture of winning at all costs was partly the fault of the players who met them. rules.
Both players were eligible for the last two games of Australia’s recent limited tour against Pakistan, but the selectors preferred to relax in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League.
Both took the opportunity and have been in good contact, especially the bombastic Warner, who has had an overwhelming comeback.
“As far as I’m concerned, they’ve done everything they’ve been asked for in the past 12 months,” said one-day captain, Aaron Finch, adding that he did not think his return would be destabilizing. “Knowing them personally as much as I do, I do not think there’s any problem, both are great, great.”
His return left head coach Justin Langer with a dilemma in the back of Australia to win eight international games of a day in trot, against India and Pakistan.
All the higher order has been firing, and it is Handscomb who is the boy of the fall despite averaging 43 in 13 games this year. The decision to quit means that the team only has one goalkeeper in Alex Carey.
The recent burning of Australia was built on the basis of a strong opening partnership between Finch and Usman Khawaja.
Langer’s decision now is whether to retain that combination when the World Cup begins with more than 50 years at the end of next month or cause one of them to give way to Warner, who traditionally opens the batting.
Shaun Marsh, Smith, Glenn Maxwell and the almighty Marcus Stoinis make up the middle order.
“There is a lot of flexibility in our order and there will be many options,” said Finch. “A couple of tough decisions have been made on the 15th, but there will be some even more difficult ones with the 11th.”
The selectors opted for two spinners in Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon and five fast pitchers.
As with the hitters, the Australian selectors faced a bowling puzzle when they were attempting a record triumph of the sixth World Cup.
Pat Cummins will lead the attack, while Mitchell Starc, the 2015 World Cup tournament player, has been recalled after being out of the game with a muscle tear since early February.
But Hazlewood, who has been out of action since January due to a back injury, missed the opportunity, and head coach Trevor Hohns said he was focused on preparing him for the Ashes Test series in England that begins in August.
Jhye Richardson, who dislocated her shoulder last month, gets the qualification along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff.
Hazlewood and Handscomb were named in Australia’s one-day A squad, which will play matches in England while the World Cup is being held, and its four-day A squadron to face the English sides of the county in the preparation of the Ashes.
Australian World Cup Squad
Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa