Big names left out of World Cup squad

Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood overlooked as Steve Smith and David Warner return for World Cup defence.

In-form batsman Peter Handscomb and star quick Josh Hazlewood have both been left out of Australia’s World Cup squad, while the returns of Steve Smith and David Warner to the national side have been confirmed.

Selectors named their 15-man Cup squad this morning and the absence of Handscomb and Hazlewood underlines both the reversal of Australia’s recent one-day form and the depth of talent the panel had to choose from.

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.

Australia’s World Cup fixtures

May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

June 25: England v Australia, Lord’s

June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord’s (D/N)

July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

July 14: Final, Lord’s

 

 

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