It will be India against Australia again in a couple of days, albeit a T20I contest. Just four nights after Australia’s impressive ODI World Cup win in Ahmedabad, India will host the newly crowned world champions in a five-match T20I series starting November 23 in Visakhapatnam. However, Australia will be without their star player David Warner, as the opening goal was sent home after the country’s World Cup win.
Warner, who emerged as Australia’s leading run-scorer in the World Cup tournament, scoring 535 runs at 48.63, withdrew from the 15-man squad initially named by Cricket Australia. Warner will instead return home and prepare for his final appearance in Test cricket. He had revealed earlier this summer that he would retire from the longest-running tournament after Australia’s New Year’s match against Pakistan in Sydney.
“The selectors have decided that Warner will return home after a successful and demanding World Cup campaign,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
Emerging Western Australian player Aaron Hardie was named as Warner’s replacement. Join the team over the weekend. Hardy had recently made his ODI and T20I debut during the white-ball tour of South Africa in September.
With Warner out, Australia will have just seven from their World Cup-winning ODI squad for the T20I series against India – Sean Abbott, Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa – plus the reserve spinner. Enlighten the Sangha.
From India, three players from the World Cup squad have been named in the 15-man squad for the T2OI series. Suryakumar Yadav will lead the Indian team for the first time in his career and Ishan Kishan will also join him. Shreyas Iyer will be a part of only the last two matches as vice-captain.
Australia T20I squad: Matthew Wade (c), Aaron Hardy, Jason Berndorf, Sean Abbott, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.