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Monday, 8 April 2019

Warne reveals shock omission from World Cup squad


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He’s scored more one day international runs than any other player in the world in 2019, but Usman Khawaja won’t be on the plane to England for the World Cup if Shane Warne has his way.

The champion leg-spinner has named his 15-man squad for Australia’s World Cup defence, which gets underway against Afghanistan on June 1st.

Khawaja has racked up 769 from 13 games this year, and against India in March became the first Australian in history to score at least 90 in three consecutive ODIs.

His combination with Aaron Finch is worth an average 81.70 at the top of the order since they were reunited this year, the highest average amongst any opening pair in the world in the last 12 months (min 3 innings).

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

But Warne couldn’t find a spot for the left-hander in his 15-man squad, preferring David Warner and D’Arcy Short in his squad.

Warne’s omission of Khawaja is in line with his former captain Mark Taylor, who also couldn’t squeeze the 32-year-old into his starting eleven.

“If you look at the great eras of Australian cricket, they’re littered with players who everyone says would have walked into any other side. That’s a good sign,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports earlier this month.

“It won’t sit well with him, and nor should it, because Usman wants to play every game for Australia.

“But in the side I would be picking for game one, he’d be the unlucky player.”

Short’s inclusion in Warne’s squad will raise eyebrows, with the explosive left-hander scoring just 83 runs from his four ODIs to date. However, he once again excelled during the Big Bash, finishing as the leading runscorer in BBL08 with 637 from 15 innings.

https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1115373903503712256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Peter Handscomb is another notable omission from Warne’s 15, despite the Victorian averaging 43.55 in ODIs this year, at a strike rate of 98.16. Handscomb is squeezed out of Warne’s lineup by the returning Steve Smith, with Shaun Marsh also in the 15.

Warne has also overlooked Josh Hazlewood, who hasn’t played since the SCG Test against India in the first week of January. He’s been sidelined since then with a back injury, but told the Cricket Unfiltered podcast that he’s “about as fit as I can be.”

Instead, Warne has plumped for Jhye Richardson – also recovering from injury after recently dislocating his shoulder – to partner Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

He’s scored more one day international runs than any other player in the world in 2019, but Usman Khawaja won’t be on the plane to England for the World Cup if Shane Warne has his way.

The champion leg-spinner has named his 15-man squad for Australia’s World Cup defence, which gets underway against Afghanistan on June 1st.

Khawaja has racked up 769 from 13 games this year, and against India in March became the first Australian in history to score at least 90 in three consecutive ODIs.

His combination with Aaron Finch is worth an average 81.70 at the top of the order since they were reunited this year, the highest average amongst any opening pair in the world in the last 12 months (min 3 innings).

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

But Warne couldn’t find a spot for the left-hander in his 15-man squad, preferring David Warner and D’Arcy Short in his squad.

Warne’s omission of Khawaja is in line with his former captain Mark Taylor, who also couldn’t squeeze the 32-year-old into his starting eleven.

“If you look at the great eras of Australian cricket, they’re littered with players who everyone says would have walked into any other side. That’s a good sign,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports earlier this month.

“It won’t sit well with him, and nor should it, because Usman wants to play every game for Australia.

“But in the side I would be picking for game one, he’d be the unlucky player.”

Short’s inclusion in Warne’s squad will raise eyebrows, with the explosive left-hander scoring just 83 runs from his four ODIs to date. However, he once again excelled during the Big Bash, finishing as the leading runscorer in BBL08 with 637 from 15 innings.

https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1115373903503712256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Peter Handscomb is another notable omission from Warne’s 15, despite the Victorian averaging 43.55 in ODIs this year, at a strike rate of 98.16. Handscomb is squeezed out of Warne’s lineup by the returning Steve Smith, with Shaun Marsh also in the 15.

Warne has also overlooked Josh Hazlewood, who hasn’t played since the SCG Test against India in the first week of January. He’s been sidelined since then with a back injury, but told the Cricket Unfiltered podcast that he’s “about as fit as I can be.”

Instead, Warne has plumped for Jhye Richardson – also recovering from injury after recently dislocating his shoulder – to partner Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

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