Smith And Warner In, Test Star Out In Cricket World Cup Squad Shock
Big names were always going to miss out on the squad for the Cricket World Cup in England after Australia's recent run of hot form.
And as predicted by 10 daily two weeks ago, batsman Peter Handscomb was always a likely omission despite registering his first ever One Day century this year.
But did anyone see Josh Hazlewood missing out? Not us.
The 28-year-old NSW fast bowler, who has played 44 One day Internationals in addition to his 44 Tests, is being saved for other occasions, according to selectors, who said:
"Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour."
The World Cup starts on May 30 and continues through to early July. The Ashes are in August.
The full Aussie squad, which to nobody's surprise contains Steve Smith and Dave Warner in their return to international cricket after their 12-month ball-tampering bans, is:
Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Jhye Richardson (Western Australia)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)
"Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL," Chairman of Selectors, Trevor Hohns, said.
"Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1.
"Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15.
"Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England."
After indifferent One Day form over the last couple of years, Australia has won its last eight One Day Internationals, and goes into the Cup as a strong third-favourite with sports bookies, just behind England and India.
The Aussies are the defending champs and have won the tournament five times. No other nation has won it more than twice.