Australia have announced their ODI World Cup squad without Tanveer Sangha and Nathan Ellis.
Australia, boasting an unrivaled track record with five ODI World Cup victories, have just disclosed their 15-player lineup for the upcoming 2023 ICC World Cup.
The Aussies have assembled a World Cup squad packed with all-rounders for the prestigious event in India. Sean Abbott has received his first-ever World Cup call-up, while Marnus Labuschagne has been overlooked once more.
Labuschagne's omission was widely anticipated after he was omitted from the ODI squad set to compete in the upcoming five-match series against South Africa.
Despite making a strong impression during his international debut in South Africa, young legspinner Tanveer Sangha has been excluded from Australia's preliminary 15-member World Cup squad.
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The team has made it official that Sangha has been dropped, along with fast bowler Nathan Ellis and newcomer all-rounder Aaron Hardie.
The squad features fast bowling captain Pat Cummins, batsman Steve Smith, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc, and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, all of whom are currently in the midst of injury rehabilitation.
“All are well placed to come back online in the coming weeks and potentially for selection in the upcoming series against India,” Australia chief selector George Bailey said.
“There are eight one-day matches still to play in South Africa and India before the final squad is due to be declared. They are followed by two World Cup practice games, which offers plenty of opportunity to continue the build for the tournament,” he continued.
Teams have the flexibility to modify their World Cup squad up to the ICC-imposed cutoff date of September 28.
Australia World Cup squad
Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.