Mitchell Marsh to captain Australia in T20 series against New Zealand | Cricket News

Feb 6, 2024

New Delhi: Michelle Marsh ready to lead Australia in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cuphas been named captain For three match series new zealand this month. The series serves as final preparation for the team before the global showpiece in June.
former captain aaron finch Retired from T20 leadership a year ago, leaving the post vacant. Despite Test and ODI captain pat cummins Returning to the team for the New Zealand series, Mitchell Marsh has been given the captaincy of the matches to be held in Auckland and Wellington.
The 15-member team, which showed its full strength, includes key players like Travis Head, Steve Smith and left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who are ready to increase the firepower of the team.
Chief selector George Bailey highlighted the importance of these matches in shaping the World Cup squad and identifying potential roles.
“The next six games will provide us with an opportunity to determine what we think our World Cup team will look like and the potential roles within that,” Bailey said in a news release.
The selectors also plan to keep a close eye on the performance of the Australian players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the World Cup.
Despite being ruled out of the West Indies series with a low-grade hamstring injury, batsman Matt Short, who was in contention for a spot at the top of the order, has been included in the squad.
Fast bowler Nathan Ellis, who is currently recovering from a rib injury, has kept Spencer Johnson on standby for the West Indies series, ensuring flexibility in the team structure.
Australia's T20 preparations have gained momentum with the three-match series against the West Indies starting in Hobart on Friday, which is crucial in preparation for the T20 World Cup to be held in the Caribbean and the United States from June 1 to 29.
The inclusion of experienced players and Marsh's captaincy signals Australia's strong intent to defend their T20 World Cup title.
Squad: Mitchell Marsh (captain), Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
(With inputs from Reuters)

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