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Marsh Steps in as Captain, Warner Assumes Vice-Captain Role

Mitchell Marsh has been named captain of Australia for a three-match T20I series against West Indies. This makes him the clear favorite to lead Australia at the T20 World Cup.

David Warner, Tim David, and Marcus Stoinis have all been added to the squad, but they will have to leave their franchise duties early to get back to Australia. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Steven Smith have been rested, but Cricket Australia says that all three will likely be in the squad for the T20I series in New Zealand in late February.

Captaincy Evaluation

When Mitchell Marsh was captain, assistant coach Michael Di Venuto replaced Andrew McDonald for the South Africa series. Daniel Vettori is coaching the West Indies series, although McDonald may attend a match in Hobart. Chairman of Selectors George Bailey said the permanent captain will be chosen after the New Zealand series when McDonald and Marsh will likely work together.

“I think we will decide on that post the New Zealand series,” stated Bailey. In New Zealand, Andrew will return, so it’s a nice chance to see how they work together. Confident that’ll work, but we haven’t seen it. The tracking is that way. Mitch will certainly get the chance here and in New Zealand.”

Selector George Bailey

Mitchell Marsh will be captain for the first time at home, and he will have a very good team to work with. Smith will not play in the T20I series because he was captain of the ODI team in the three-match series against West Indies the week before the T20Is. However, he has said that he plans to be in the group for the T20I series against New Zealand.

T20 World Cup Prep

Cummins and Starc are rested from all West Indies limited-overs contests after playing every summer home Test. Both are anticipated to play in the T20Is in New Zealand and two Test matches on the same tour, but the selectors also consider their IPL workload before the T20 World Cup.

Despite resting from ODIs, Josh Hazlewood will play West Indies in T20Is. Hazlewood has no IPL contract, therefore the six matches against West Indies and New Zealand will be his only IPL experience and World Cup preparation.

The selectors predicted Warner’s ILT20 recall. David and Stoinis will leave the ILT20 and SA20 early after being left out of the ODI squad when selectors chatted. Three must return to Australia on February 7 for the series opener in Hobart on February 9.

Australia’s World Cup middle order will include Glenn Maxwell, David, Stoinis, Wade, and Josh Inglis. Bailey said Wade was important at No.7 but added that the World Cup wicketkeeper had not been decided.

Squad

Selector’s Perspective

The team cannot accommodate allrounder Cameron Green. The selectors want him to return to Sheffield Shield cricket after the ODI series to prepare for the Test visit of New Zealand as he will play a full IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore to be considered for the World Cup.

“I think he’s a pretty special player in that format,” stated Bailey. We’ll get a good look at him at the IPL. I just back in Tests. ODIs will also feature him. He, like many all-format players at different periods, balances priorities.

“He’ll keep preparing for Tests knowing he’ll get a great block of T20 cricket in the IPL.

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