Four contracted NSW Blues and Sydney-based veteran Dan Christian have been named in an 18-player squad for the Qantas Australian men’s white ball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Bowlers Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa are joined by all rounder Moises Henriques and Christian, while fellow Blues player Tanveer Sangha will join the tour as travelling reserve to further his international experience with an Australian squad.
NSW players Daniel Sams, David Warner and Pat Cummins requested not to be considered for the tour for various reasons while Steve Smith and Sean Abbott are recovering from injury.
Australian squad for tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh:
Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Wes Agar (South Australia)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (South Australia)
Dan Christian (New South Wales)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Moises Henriques (New South Wales)
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia)
Riley Meredith (Tasmania)
Ben McDermott (Tasmania)
Josh Philippe (Western Australia)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Mitchell Swepson (Queensland)
Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
Matthew Wade (Tasmania)
Adam Zampa (New South Wales)
Trevor Hohns, National Selector, said the current global health environment and the crowded cricket calendar presented both challenges and opportunities for selected players.
“We are naturally disappointed not to have all players available for the Australian team at this time however the NSP respects the decisions of those who have opted out of this tour,” Hohns said.
“Steve Smith was unavailable for selection due to an elbow injury and will now be able to use this time to fully recover ahead of the World Cup and home Ashes Series. Steve was disappointed to miss the tour with the decision made on medical grounds.
“International tours in the time of Covid-19 undoubtedly present many additional challenges for athletes. They also present opportunities for others and, in this case, the chance to push for selection in the Australian men’s T20 World Cup squad later this year and beyond.
“This is a great chance for these players to make a case for the World Cup and all are considered very real prospects of making that tournament by performing well across these tours.
“We are equally excited to welcome Dan Christian back into Australian colours with his wealth of global T20 experience, leadership and insight into the game. His ability as a strike weapon and batting closer is renowned around the world.”
The squad is due to depart for the West Indies on June 28 for five T20 Internationals at Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia followed by three One-Day Internationals at Kensington Stadium in Barbados. If confirmed, the team will then play five T20 Internationals against Bangladesh in Bangladesh.
Confirmation of the Qantas Australian men’s tours are subject to agreement on bio-security arrangements and relevant government approvals.