Want to share with your friends too?

Sports
15 Apr 2019

World Cup 2019: Warner and Smith return to Australia's squad

ICC World Cup 2019: Australia announce 15-member squad

With just over a month to go for the ICC World Cup 2019, preparations are already underway.

The participating teams have time till April 23 to announce their final 15-member squad for the mega event.

Defending champions Australia, today, announced their squad.

The squad has made headlines with David Warner and Steve Smith scripting their comeback to the side.

Here is all about it.

In context

ICC World Cup 2019: Australia announce 15-member squad
Warner and Smith return following a year ban

The story

Warner and Smith return following a year ban

In what would be their first international assignment in over a year, David Warner and Steve Smith have made a comeback to the national squad.

They were banned for a year following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal and have not played for Australia since.

They are currently playing in IPL.

However, their return has come at the cost of Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood.

Batsmen

Smith and Warner to headline batting line-up

As for the batsmen in the side, the order would be dominated by Warner and Smith.

Among the others, Aaron Finch is all set to lead Australia.

He has done a good job in the past two months, leading Australia to twin ODI series wins against India and Pakistan.

Usman Khawaja retains his spot, while Shaun Marsh too sealed his spot in the squad.

Love Sports news?

Stay updated with the latest happenings.

Notify Me

Alex Carey is the surprise man behind the stumps

Wicket-keeper

Alex Carey is the surprise man behind the stumps

As for the wicket-keeping department, Alex Carey is the only man in the side who is a proper wicket-keeper batsman.

While he has had an average outing with the bat in the past 10 matches, he is yet to mature as a wicket-keeper as compared to Handscomb.

This could leave Australia exposed to rely on a part-time wicket-keeper, in case Carey gets injured.

All-rounders

Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis among prominent all-rounders

Among the all-rounders, it is stacked with three of their best.

While Glenn Maxwell makes the list for his ability to build innings and make an impact with the ball, Marcus Stoinis can be good at the death, both with bat and ball.

Pat Cummins, who is also a bowling all-rounder, too makes the list owing to his effective performance with the ball recently.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon form a deadly bowling pair

Bowlers

Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon form a deadly bowling pair

Interestingly, it is their bowling department that is stocked with superstars.

The attack starts with pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, along with Jason Behrendorff, while youngster Jhye Richardson also makes the list.

Notably, Mitchell Starc has also scripted a comeback.

In the spin, two of their imminent spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa make the list, forming one of the most deadly bowling attacks this term.

Analysis

How does Australia's squad look?

In the first look, the squad looks packed with stars.

At a closer look, it sure looks like a bowling-dominated squad, and rightfully so, considering the conditions in England.

Australia had no choice, but to bring in Warner and Smith, despite they being out of action for a year.

However, it seems harsh to omit Handscomb and Hazlewood, who were doing good of late.

The 15-member Australia squad, led by Finch

Finch: "Handscomb disappointed by his omission"

Speaking on Handscomb's omission, Finch said, "He's obviously disappointed and everyone is disappointed for him. We knew that there was going to be some really tough decisions and some really big tough calls to be made on the squad and unfortunately Pete was that one."

Ask NewsBytes
User Image

Most asked questions

How many times have Australia won the World Cup?

When was the first time Australia won the World Cup?

Who is the most successful team in the World Cup.

Who led Australia during the 2015 World Cup?

More questions

How many times have Australia won the World Cup?

Asked 2019-04-15 11:44:59 by Ishan Vyas

Answered by NewsBytes

Australia have won the World Cup five times.

When was the first time Australia won the World Cup?

Asked 2019-04-15 11:44:59 by Vihaan Bhatnagar

Answered by NewsBytes

Australia first won the World Cup in 1987.

Who is the most successful team in the World Cup.

Asked 2019-04-15 11:44:59 by Charvi Chauhan

Answered by NewsBytes

Australia is the most successful team in the World Cup.

Who led Australia during the 2015 World Cup?

Asked 2019-04-15 11:44:59 by Pranav Verma

Answered by NewsBytes

Australia were led by Steve Smith during the 2015 World Cup.

Next Timeline