West Australian Josh Inglis is the T20 bolter who could change Australia’s fortunes after his inclusion for the T20 World Cup.
Inglis was named in Australia‘s 15-man squad that includes Steve Smith, who is battling an elbow injury, as well as a raft of stars who didn’t feature in the recent tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins, who will resume the vice-captaincy, are among the big-name stars returning to the squad as captain Aaron Finch‘s men look to capture a maiden T20 title in the United Arab Emirates in October-November.
Finch is still recovering from knee surgery but has declared he will be ready to go for the World Cup.
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Josh Inglis is the bolter in the Australian squad. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Fast bowler Andrew Tye along with Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe and Ashton Turner were all left out after failing to cement their spots as Australia lost eight of 10 T20s against the Windies in Bangladesh earlier this month.
Inglis has leapfrogged Carey and Philippe to win a spot as the back-up gloveman to Matthew Wade.
The Perth Scorchers star was the leading run scorer in England‘s domestic T20 competition, cracking 531 runs from 14 games at a strike rate of 175.82 with Leicestershire.
“Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances in white-ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality Blast where he topped the run charts,” selection chair George Bailey said.
“He offers the squad flexibility in the batting order with his adaptability, counterattacking ability and power striking. He is a player we are excited about for the future.”
JUST IN: Australia have included uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis in their T20 World Cup squad ahead of Josh Philippe and Alex Carey.
Inglis averages more than 30 with a strike-rate over 150 in T20 cricket and is the highest run-scorer in this year's T20 Blast. pic.twitter.com/5t7QAx2aCI
Selectors chose three specialist spinners, including Queenslander Mitchell Swepson alongside Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa.
Swepson impressed in the games he played in the West Indies and Bangladesh, including his 3-26 from eight overs in the last two games on tour.
“Mitchell has been impressive with the opportunities he has had,” Bailey said. “Given the amount of cricket being played at the World Cup venues, we expect the wickets in the UAE to favour slow bowling, particularly in the latter stages, so he gives us another strong leg-spin option.”
Tasmanian Nathan Ellis, who completed a hat-trick on debut against Bangladesh, all-rounder Daniel Sams and the vastly experienced Dan Christian have been named travelling reserves.
Some of the squad are expected to take part in the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) prior to the tournament, while others will prepare with their respective states.
The squad is due to depart for the UAE in late September or early October.
Australia’s T20 World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams
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