Aussie star snubbed as Smith, Warner picked for World Cup

  • Aussie star snubbed as Smith, Warner picked for World Cup

Aussie star snubbed as Smith, Warner picked for World Cup

"Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad".

Australia's recent red-hot form has been built on the back of a rock-solid opening partnership between skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja.

The pair, who in March completed 12-month bans for the ball-tampering saga, have been welcomed back into the ODI fold for Australia's defence of the World Cup in England this summer, but there is no place for Josh Hazlewood or Peter Handscomb.

Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns said that while Hazlewood would miss out on the World Cup he would be a big part of Australia's plans for the Ashes.

Rajasthan will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 before meeting Delhi Capitals in their last league game on May 4, while Sunrisers will be up against Mumbai and RCB on May 2 and May 4 respectively.

On the sidelines since January due to injury, Hazlewood had been confident of being fully fit in time for Australia's Cup opener against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol. Ashton Turner and D'Arcy Short are also not included in the side and Alex Carey will be the only wicketkeeper on tour.

Handscomb was seen to have a strong case for selection as he averaged more than 40 in 13 matches past year and offers wicketkeeping coverage.

Pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are among the surprise inclusions.

Mitch Marsh, who was Australia's test vice-captain as recently as October, has been omitted and has lost his CA contract but his brother Shaun Marsh has been retained.

With them being included in the World Cup squad, it becomes imperative for Smith and Warner to attend the team's training camp for the mega event.

"(Smith and Warner are) both ... world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL".

"Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour", Hohns was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

Selectors opted for two spinners in Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon and five quick bowlers.