SYDNEY (Reuters) – Injured skipper Michael Clarke has been named in Australia’s 15-man squad for the World Cup in February and March, however will be precluded in the event that he can’t demonstrate his wellness by the second match against Bangladesh.
Clarke is in a race to be fit for the worldwide centerpiece to be held in Australia and New Zealand in the wake of hamstring surgery and said a month ago it was doubtful he would play the begin of the competition.
Australia’s first match is against England on Feb. 14 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“He is one of the world’s best batsmen and we need to provide for him each opportunity to demonstrate his wellness for a competition as critical as this one,” executive of selectors Rod Marsh said in an announcement on Sunday.
“We have said that if Michael has not recuperated by our second match of the competition against Bangladesh on Feb. 21, we will supplant him in the squad. He comprehends that and is working vigorously with therapeutic staff to return to wellness.”
George Bailey has been named bad habit skipper and is liable to assign in Clarke’s nonappearance, however in-structure batsman Steven Smith has put forth a convincing defense to lead the side.
Smith burnt South Africa’s reality class pace assault in a late one-day arrangement, and in the wake of supplanting Clarke as commander of the test side for the last three matches against India, guided Australia to a 2-0 arrangement triumph.
Australia test spinner Nathan Lyon’s trusts of a review after about three years out of one-day universal cricket have been dashed with selectors staying with secured left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, seen as a more conservative decision if not an enormous wicket-taker.
Doherty is the solitary expert moderate bowler in the squad, with Australia and New Zealand’s pitches not anticipated that will offer much turn.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been incorporated and can give low maintenance offspin. He is prone to vie with quick rocking the bowling alley all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the number six spot in the batting request, contingent upon the wicket.
Australia’s selectors have incorporated 21-year-old quick bowler Pat Cummins in a pace battery that incorporates Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, dashing hypothesis that achieved test bowler Ryan Harris may win a billet.
Squad: Michael Clarke (skipper), George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson