After their remarkable show in Ashes 2019, Aussies are now set for other cricket events but this time at their own pitch. The national cricket team selectors of Australia have recently announced the 14-man squad for the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. Notably, this time the official selectors have left out all-rounder player Marcus Stoinis for the next fixtures at home ground. This came as a big shock for all the Australian cricket fans.
The reason behind Stoinis’ exclusion from the T20I squad was his flop show in ICC World Cup 2019 at England. The 30-year-old brilliant cricketer managed to score just 87 runs in the entire 50-over tournament this year. As a result, the official team selectors dropped him from the T20I squad against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
While announcing the T20I squad for upcoming series, national selector of Australian cricket squad Trevor Hohns said, “it is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind. We have looked to put a squad together that we think can take us through to that tournament”.
At first, Aussies will start their grand T20I campaign against Sri Lanka from October 27th till November 1st in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Melbourne respectively. After this, the hosts will face the green army from November 3rd till November 8th in the three-match T20I series at Sydney, Canberra, and Perth respectively.
Currently, both the traditional rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka are battling with each other in a three-match T20I series at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The hosts who were looking much confident to take on Lankan squad at the home soil lost the first two encounters of the important series with great margins. As a result, Sri Lanka is leading the ongoing T20I series with a 2-0 verdict which eventually means that the visitors have won this competition against Pakistan.
Australian squad for T20I series: Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, and Adam Zampa