Australia announces squad for T20 World Cup 2024; no place for Steve Smith and Jake Fraser-McGurk

May 1, 2024

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Australia‘s T20 World Cup squad selection has ignited debate, with some surprising inclusions and omissions. Mitchell Marsh, who has led the team in recent T20I series, was officially confirmed as captain. The squad prioritizes experience and flexibility, evident in the selections of Ashton Agar (left-arm spinner) and Cameron Green (all-rounder).

No room for Jake Fraser-McGurk and Steve Smith in Australia’s final 15

The biggest talking point is the omission of young gun Jake Fraser-McGurk. Despite setting the IPL ablaze with three explosive half-centuries at a scorching strike rate, his lack of international experience (only two ODIs) proved a hurdle. This decision has left fans and pundits questioning the selectors’ approach, especially considering the team’s struggles with explosive middle-order batting in recent times.

Another surprising omission is of veteran batter Steve Smith. Having fallen out of favor in the T20I setup, his recent opportunities to open the batting failed to convince the selectors. The established top-three of Travis Head, David Warner, and Marsh – key contributors to last year’s ODI World Cup victory – were prioritized over Smith’s experience. This suggests a focus on continuity and a settled batting order.

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Australia’s squad for T20 World Cup 2024

Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Adam Zampa

The selectors have shown a preference for multi-role players. Green provides valuable cover for the injury-prone Marsh and Marcus Stoinis with his all-round abilities. Josh Inglis offers backup wicketkeeping duties behind Matthew Wade while also having the flexibility to bat anywhere in the order. Matthew Short, who impressed in the BBL and recent T20I appearances, was another unlucky player to miss out.

Also READ: England unveil 15-man squad for T20 World Cup 2024; Jofra Archer returns


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