Marnus Labuschagne was on Monday left out of Australia’s 18-man preliminary squad for the ODI World Cup in India.
Labuschagne was part of Australia’s last ODI squad that played three matches in India earlier this year. He has so far played 30 ODIs.
Uncapped leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha and all-rounder Aaron Hardie are the fresh faces in the Australia squad. The same 18-man extended squad, which will be trimmed later to 15 for the ODI World Cup, has been named for the series against South Africa and India in September.
In a statement, Cricket Australia also gave a fitness update on skipper Pat Cummins, who injured his left wrist during the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval. He will miss the T20Is in South Africa but will be available for the ODIs against the Proteas as well as India. “Pat has an undisplaced fracture of his left radius which requires six weeks rehabilitation,” said Australia’s selection chair George Bailey.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell will not be available for the ODIs in South Africa as he is expecting the arrival of his first child.
Marsh T20 captain
For the T20I leg in South Africa, Mitchell Marsh has been named the Australia captain.
Though the appointment is temporary, Marsh appears to be the frontrunner to get the job on a permanent basis. The post was vacant following the retirement of Aaron Finch.
Australia can make changes to the World Cup squad until September 28.
With inputs from PTI