The Australian selectors announced the final 15-member national squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup on April 15 (Monday). The all-important 50-overs mega event will be kicking off with the opening game between hosts England and South Africa on May 30 in London. While the defending champions, Australia will be starting its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.
The major headlining point from the squad revelation is that the tainted duo comprising of Steven Smith and David Warner will be making their much-awaited international returns at the mega event in England and Wales.
It is a welcome problem to have three in-form openers
While speaking his opinion on the World Cup team, Aussie head coach Justin Langer mentioned that he is very excited to see such amazing flexibility. Left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja reaped the rewards for his brilliant performances in the recent few matches, while Aaron Finch also had a great series against Pakistan. The other opener, David Warner is also looking in terrific touch in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“We have amazing flexibility now. Usman and Finchy have done an incredible job opening the batting. David and Finchy have done a great job in the past doing it. I love the flexibility of it. (It’s about) boys playing their roles for the team not just playing the roles that suit them,” quoted Justin Langer.
However, in order to accommodate these two mainstays, Warner and Smith, in that flight, Peter Handscomb becomes the unfortunate guy to miss out the dream opportunity. Langer noted that the team management is confident that Smith will be able to do the job in the absence of Handscomb. “Steve Smith we felt would probably be able to play that role that Pete has done so well for us,” he added.
They give up their spot for no-one
Australia will be going to the World Cup with a lone wicket-keeper batsman in Alex Carey. Previously during the series against India, Handscomb played as a wicket-keeper batsman. Langer mentioned that normally wicket-keepers don’t vacant their spot. The head coach reckoned that it could only happen in the case of injury.