Cricket Australia have named 15-man squad for Cricket World Cup 2019. Aaron Finch will lead strong Aussie lineup for premier ICC tournament in England and Wales. Steven Smith and David Warner have returned to Baggy Greens setup after ball tampering scandal. Alex Carey is the only specialist in the squad to don gloves as wicket-keeper batsman Peter Handscomb is left out. Josh Hazlewood misses out due to back injury.
Australia have become second country to reveal squad for CWC 2019 after New Zealand. Aussie skipper Aaron Finch is happy with inclusion of once banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner in the 2019 Cricket World Cup squad. They have served their one year suspension after Newlands Test ball tampering saga. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja are selected as specialist batsmen. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are picked up as all-rounders. Alex Carey is preferred as keeper over Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine and Mathew Wade.
Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff form the pace battery for Australia. Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa are two spinners in Aussie CWC lineup. Inclusion of Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson is subject to fitness though. Countries playing in CWC 2019 can change squads till 23rd May 2019 without ICC approval. Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson who are part of Australia A squad, will be replacement options if any of five Aussie pacers gets injured.
Five time CWC champions Australia have emerged as strong contenders for Cricket World Cup title in 2019. Aussies have prepared well for CWC 2019 under captain Aaron Finch in recent months. He and Usman Khawaja are in decent ODI form. Good performance in recent series against Pakistan and India have boosted Australian morale. Return of Steven Smith and David Warner has strengthened batting ranks. Shaun Marsh offers plenty of experience in the middle order batting. Only weak link can be exclusion of in-form wicket-keeper batsman Peter Handscomb. Injury to lone glove-man can cause severe problem for Aussies in the mega competition.
Australia CWC 2019 Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa