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Australia announce squad for England tour: Aaron Finch to lead, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis return

Australia announce squad for England tour: Aaron Finch to lead, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis return

Melbourne, August 14: Australia, led by Aaron Finch, will tour England later this month and the Australian selectors on Friday (August 14) announced a 21-member squad for the trip. Experienced Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have made a comeback to the side.

The squad also contains some exciting new talents like Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith.

Australia team will depart from Perth on August 23 and travel to Derby. They will play four practice matches - three T20s and one 50-over game - before playing England in three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia's Interim Chief Executive, said: "We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.

"We would also like to thank the Australian Government, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way."

Justin Langer, Australia Head Coach, said: "It's vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times.

"I am delighted with how the players have returned to their states from the break back in March. The whole squad has come back fitter and stronger, which is great testament to each of them.

"We have a massive assignment ahead with World Cups, Test Series against India and South Africa and the Ashes next year. We can't wait to get back into it again."

"It's a squad with great depth and a sprinkle of some exceptional young players," Trevor Hohns, National Selector, said. "We are very pleased with the final group which was chosen with a view to continuing our recent form in T20 cricket and the longer term goal of returning to the top in the 50 over game.

"The top and middle order is extremely strong, there's plenty of accomplished all-rounders, fantastic fast bowling depth and spin options. The squad also has the cover required to meet all contingencies given replacements are not available for this tour if injury or illness were to occur.

"The NSP believes this squad, along with those who missed out and others who perform well in domestic cricket, offers a solid platform for success in the white ball game going forward."

Maxwell returns to the side from an elbow injury in place of D'Arcy Short while fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is also back in the squad.

Maxwell's return to international cricket, along with his all-round skills, means Short comes out of the squad having replaced the Victorian on the tour of South Africa in March.

"We are very excited by these young players who we believe are all capable of playing a role in the Australian setup in coming years," Hohns said.

Aaron Finch will captain the side with Pat Cummins as vice-captain. The NSP has reviewed and refined the leadership of the squad, reverting to the traditional setup of captain and vice-captain.

"After taking advice and reviewing the leadership of the squad we have decided to revert back to the traditional captain and one vice-captain setup," Hohns said.

"Alex remains a genuine leader within the squad and will continue to provide valuable support to Aaron as skipper. Pat is very much in the same category and someone the entire squad has immense respect for as a person and a player.

"This is not a reflection of succession planning, but rather a decision to return to the traditional leadership set-up that has served Australian cricket so well for generations.

"We now have quite an established and experienced senior playing group who all play an important role in the leadership of the team on and off the field. As has always been the case all senior players have a strong voice in all aspects of planning, preparation and playing."

However, Australian men's team Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will not travel with the squad to fulfil a pre-existing commitment as Head Coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).

McDonald will resume his duties with the Australian men's team at the conclusion of the IPL.

CA High Performance Coach Troy Cooley and Melbourne Stars WBBL Head Coach Trent Woodhill will provide coaching support to Justin Langer on the tour, in addition to Performance Analyst Dene Hills, Selector George Bailey and the broader team support staff.

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (Vice-Captain), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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Story first published: Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:17 [IST]
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