The national selectors of Australia have named a preliminary 26-man squad for Australia’s tour of England to be held potentially in September. Australia were supposed to tour England in July for a three-match ODI and T20I series but it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board are in constant contact with each other to overcome the hurdles and make this tour possible. If the series commences, it will take place in a biosecure bubble, similar to the West Indies and Pakistan’s tour of England.
The three ODI’s and three T20Is are expected to be played at Southampton and Manchester, which are currently playing hosts to West Indies and Pakistan’s tour of England. This is due to the fact that these are the only cricket grounds in England having an in-house staying facility large enough to accommodate both the teams, match officials and broadcasters.
According to multiple reports, it seems like the UK government will not ask the Australian team to self-quarantine for a fortnight on their arrival to the country. The preliminary squad for Australia’s tour of England includes a healthy mix of some new names getting their maiden call-ups and some old faces making a comeback. Here we take a look at some of them.
DANIEL SAMS (All-rounder)
The 27-year-old has earned his first international call-up after a stellar Big Bash League (BBL) season where he topped the wickets chart with 30 scalps. Apart from his top bowing skills, Sams is quite handy with the bat as well.
JOSHUA PHILIPPE (Wicketkeeper-batsman)
Wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Philippe has got a much-deserved national call-up. The explosive batsman had an exceptional BBL as well as domestic season. He’s hailed as the next wicket-keeper in line for the national team as his glovework is quite impressive.
RILEY MEREDITH (Fast Bowler)
Fast bowler Riley Meredith has also been included in the 26-man squad. The 24-year-old has a mean bouncer and a lot of pace in his armoury. He’s known as a T20 specialist as of now and has been impressive with the ball for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.
USMAN KHAWAJA (Batsman)
The left-handed stylish batsman Usman Khawaja makes his comeback in the Australian team for this tour of England. He was one of Australia’s best ODI batsmen in 2019 with great tours in UAE and India, but somehow fell down the pecking order post the arrival of Steve Smith and David Warner from their bans.
MARCUS STOINIS (All-rounder)
Marcus Stoinis faced the axe after a poor showing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He comes back in contention after a fabulous BBL season where he emerged as the highest run-getter of the competition with 705 runs.
SEAN ABBOTT (Fast Bowler)
Abbott is another player who has been selected for the Australia’s tour of England after a brilliant BBL season. He managed to play only seven games in the season, but went on to pick 14 wickets in them, with an excellent economy of 7.3 and an impressive bowling average of 12. Surprisingly, he has been decent with the bat as well and some people have started labelling him as a proper all-rounder.
Australia’s preliminary squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
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