The reigning World Cup champions, Australia, have taken the first major step in their title defense as they have announced the final 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. 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 Australia will be starting its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol. Aaron Finch will be leading the World Cup team with the two batting mainstays, David Warner and Steve Smith also back in the frame.
However, one member of the Australian team, who made their ODI debut recently, may have been on that flight to the UK, if not for an unfortunate incident that happened to him. That player is all-rounder Ashton Turner, who made quite an impression in the Mohali ODI against India, when he helped Usman Khawaja (91) and Peter Handscomb (117) chase down the 359-run target by making 84* in 43 balls, earning him huge accolades and also an IPL 2019 deal with Rajasthan Royals.
I am a little bit limited with my shoulder
During a recent conversation, Ashton Turner revealed that he missed out the dream opportunity to be part of the World Cup squad probably due to the shoulder injury. He mentioned that he is a little bit limited with his shoulder and that is the reason, he cannot bowl from the recent matches. Turner stated that when he went for the surgery, he had initially thought his career was over and wouldn’t get to play another game for a long duration.
“I do understand I’m a little bit limited with my shoulder and that probably played a part in my omission. Potentially not being able to bowl probably cost me an opportunity to play a few more games before they had to select the team. On Boxing Day when I re-injured my shoulder, I thought that my season was over and I was going straight into surgery and wouldn’t play another game for months,” quoted Ashton Turner.
It has only motivated me
Turner noted that missing out on the opportunity to feature in the World Cup team, has only motivated him in return. He is now energetic to get back there. He stated that being part of the national side was great exposure for him.
“I’m going to have surgery in a couple of months. Missing out on the World Cup squad has only motivated me more to want to get back there, because being a part of that Australian side was such a great experience. That’s where I want to be,” Turner concluded.