Josh Inglis Century

Josh Inglis celebrates a century for Leicestershire (Credit Leicestershire CCC/Twitter)

Australia has named its 15-member squad for October's Men's T20 World Cup, with some key players returning and a notable squad debutant.

Australia has named its 15-member squad for October’s Men’s T20 World Cup, following the recent tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.

The squad is bolstered by the returns of Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, and David Warner, all of whom missed July and August’s tours.

Aaron Finch also returns as captain after missing the T20 series against Bangladesh with a knee injury.

The squad is the first squad selected with new Chair of Selectors George Bailey at the helm, as he welcomed the return of these six players.

“We are confident this squad has the ability to take the side deep into what will be an extremely competitive tournament,” Bailey said.

“We look forward to having all of these players available both from a playing perspective and the experience they bring to International tournaments.”

Perhaps the most notable inclusion to the squad is West Australian keeper-batsman Josh Inglis, who has been selected following some scintillating form in the UK’s Vitality Blast T20 competition.

Playing for Leicestershire, Inglis topped the competition for runs from his 14 games, with his 531 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 175.82 featuring two centuries and a fifty.

Inglis’ form has also carried on into The Hundred tournament, where he has registered scores of 72 and 55 among his seven innings for the Shane Warne coached London Spirit.

“Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances in white-ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality Blast where he topped the run charts,” Bailey said of Inglis.

“He offers the squad flexibility in the batting order with his adaptability, counterattacking ability, and power striking. He is a player we are excited about for the future.”

Alex Carey – who captained Australia in the One-Day Internationals against the West Indies – has been dropped from the squad in favour of Inglis, while Inglis’ West Australian teammate Josh Philippe has also missed selection.

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The squad will also feature three front-line spin bowlers – Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson, and Adam Zampa – as the World Cup will take place in spin-friendly conditions in Oman and the UAE.

Bailey in particular lauded Swepson’s form in Bangladesh, which saw the Queenslander take figures of 3/26 from his six overs across the series.

“Given the amount of cricket being played at the World Cup venues, we expect the wickets in the UAE to favour slow bowling,” Bailey said.

“Mitchell has been impressive with the opportunities he has had… so he gives us another strong leg-spin option.”

Outside the main 15-player squad, Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, and Daniel Sams have been named as travelling squad reserves, after the former two featured across Australia’s series in the West Indies and Bangladesh with Nathan Ellis taking a hattrick on his International debut.

Australia’s T20 World Cup Squad

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Travelling Reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

Australia is expected to fly out to the UAE at the end of September, for the tournament which begins on October 17.

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