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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Shock omissions loom in World Cup squad


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Peter Handscomb has reportedly been dumped for Australia's World Cup campaign, while top paceman Josh Hazlewood may be another casualty.

The Australian squad will be named at 10am Monday (AEST), with Steve Smith and David Warner to return.

Yet multiple reports have indicated that Alex Carey will be the lone wicketkeeper in the 15-man group, with back-up gloveman Handscomb squeezed out of a batting position by veteran Shaun Marsh.

A Sydney Morning Herald/Age report has also indicated that Hazlewood faces the axe, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff the pacemen.

Hazlewood has not played since the New Year's Test against India due to back problems and selectors are determined to have him available for the Ashes, which will follow the World Cup.

Richardson dislocated his shoulder during Australia's ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE, but is expected to be fit by the World Cup. Starc will be recovered from a pectoral injury by the tournament, with Australia's first game on June 1 against Afghanistan.

Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch have confirmed their spots with exceptional recent form, but Handscomb's failure to pass 50 in the Pakistan series has reportedly seen him bow out of contention.

Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are set to be chosen as specialist spinners, while Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell will be the all-rounders.

Peter Handscomb has reportedly been dumped for Australia's World Cup campaign, while top paceman Josh Hazlewood may be another casualty.

The Australian squad will be named at 10am Monday (AEST), with Steve Smith and David Warner to return.

Yet multiple reports have indicated that Alex Carey will be the lone wicketkeeper in the 15-man group, with back-up gloveman Handscomb squeezed out of a batting position by veteran Shaun Marsh.

A Sydney Morning Herald/Age report has also indicated that Hazlewood faces the axe, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff the pacemen.

Hazlewood has not played since the New Year's Test against India due to back problems and selectors are determined to have him available for the Ashes, which will follow the World Cup.

Richardson dislocated his shoulder during Australia's ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE, but is expected to be fit by the World Cup. Starc will be recovered from a pectoral injury by the tournament, with Australia's first game on June 1 against Afghanistan.

Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch have confirmed their spots with exceptional recent form, but Handscomb's failure to pass 50 in the Pakistan series has reportedly seen him bow out of contention.

Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are set to be chosen as specialist spinners, while Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell will be the all-rounders.

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