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Australia World Cup 2019 Squad: Couple of surprises amidst a well-rounded squad

Australia World Cup 2019 Squad: Couple of surprises amidst a well-rounded squad: Steve Smith and David Warner are set to make a comeback in the international arena, as they were included in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad. Former Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner, who completed their bans for ball-tampering last month will return to the Australian squad for the 2019 World Cup. The defending champions took the tough decision to drop wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood from the 15-man squad announced on Monday, for the upcoming mega-event, which kicks off from May 30.

Australia World Cup 2019 Squad

David Warner currently leads the run-scoring charts in the IPL, holding the orange cap with 400 runs, while Smith has 186 runs to his name in 6 innings.

“Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL,” Cricket Australia chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on Monday.

“Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1,” he added.

A statement released by the Australia chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, said that while Hazlewood would miss out on the World Cup he would be a key member in the Ashes, which starts two weeks after the conclusion of the mega-event. Hazlewood, who is yet to recover completely from the back injury he sustained in January, has scalped 72 wickets in 44 ODI appearances.

“Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt,” Hohns said in a Cricket Australia media release.

“Given the depth of talent and competition for spots, there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15. Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England,” Hohns informed.

As expected, spinners Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon have both been picked.

Australia will kick-start their World Cup campaign on June 1 against minnows Afghanistan.

Australia’s World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa