At a time, when COVID-19 has brought the entire world to stand still, Australian Selectors are working from home in a full-fledged mode. After releasing the centrally contracted player’s list, Trevor Hohn, chairman of Selectors of Cricket Australia, said to the media that Australian management’s preparation for the T20 World Cup is on the right track and a team has almost taken its shape to battle for the T20 World Cup title.
If it comes to World cup preparations, Australia is one of the team who always starts its preparation months ago of the tournament.
Australia have enjoyed a glorious run in the T20I format recently. They have won nine out of their last 10 completed T20Is across series against India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa.
We have almost a settled line up
The consequence of recent performance of Australia is that, the team is looking almost settled-in and well prepared at the moment.
Speaking to reporters, Trevor Hohn, said “We’d be very close (to finalising a squad). If we had to, we could probably just about nominate it now.”
“The last one or two positions always give us a headache normally. Particularly when you’ve got a settled line-up that has performed very well over the last 12 months,” Hohns added.
Place for Marnus Labuschagne in T20 squad
The recently included player in the centrally contacted list, Marnus Labuschagne, tasted a successful season in ODIs and Tests with his bat. The kangaroo batsman is still waiting for his chance to prove his worth in the shortest format of the game.
However, the Australian selectors’ chief said that they are open to all the options but not in a hurry to play him the T20 format.
“We don’t want to go too far with him yet. He works so hard, he’s now playing Test cricket and one-day cricket,” Hohns said. “That’s happened in a short period of time. We don’t want to overburden but there’s no reason why a player like that can’t play T20 cricket.
“At the moment it’s in his court and we have a pretty good T20 side or squad … they’re the ones we’ll be focusing on, looking forward to the World Cup.”
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