Mitchell Marsh gets Australia contract, Khawaja among 6 axed

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh returned to Cricket Australia’s checklist of 20 nationally contracted gamers Thursday, however there was no room for his brother Shaun or struggling batsman Usman Khawaja.

The older Marsh sibling and Khawaja have been amongst six gamers axed from a gaggle that selectors loaded with limited-overs expertise to mirror Australia’s upcoming schedule, notably the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled for October-November.

“With most of the squad crossing into all three codecs it offers us the advantage of having the ability to add in specialists relying on the opposition and the circumstances,” chief selector Trevor Hohns mentioned in an announcement.

“The depth of this squad and the success of the previous 12 months offers us that stable base.”

Others dropped from the checklist – which kinds the core of Australia’s worldwide squads – have been Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Harris.

“As is at all times the case there are unfortunate omissions however, nevertheless, as a result of you aren’t on the checklist doesn’t imply you can’t be chosen to signify Australia,” Hohns mentioned.

Mitchell Marsh endured his personal interval within the wilderness when he was not provided a contract final yr however Hohns mentioned his kind confirmed “he has loads of worldwide cricket forward of him as a batting all-rounder”.

Prolific middle-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne was, as anticipated, among the many new faces, together with Joe Burns, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson and Matthew Wade.

“Marnus’s rise has been meteoric and effectively documented,” Hohns mentioned.

“Joe has been Check match participant, Ashton Agar’s kind in T20 internationals has been distinctive, whereas Kane Richardson has been excellent within the T20 and one-day video games.”

Uncertainty hangs over the cricket calendar and the Twenty20 World Cup due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia’s tour to England for 3 one-dayers and three Twenty20 matches in July is in jeopardy after the England and Wales Cricket Board delayed the beginning of their season till at the least 1 July.

Australia contracted gamers: Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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