Western Australia allrounder Aaron Hardie has been called up to the T20I squad ahead of the upcoming series against India. David Warner, who had an outstanding performance during the ODI World Cup, has been given a break after the tournament. Warner will join a group of multiformat players who will skip the five-match series that starts with the first Test against Pakistan on December 14.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc have also been withdrawn from the squad for this series. Cameron Green and Mitchell Marsh are also heading home along with Warner. The upcoming Pakistan series will be the final stage of Warner’s Test career as he has earmarked January 3rd at Sydney Cricket Ground for his retirement from this format.
Kane Richardson has been called up as a replacement for Spencer Johnson, who is out with a hamstring injury. Despite starting just four days after the ODI World Cup final, this series acts as part of the build-up to next year’s T20 edition in West Indies and USA. Australia currently has six more T20Is scheduled before that tournament, with two three-match series against West Indies and New Zealand in February.
The squad now includes seven players who featured during the World Cup plus Tanveer Sangha, who was a traveling reserve throughout. The side will be led by Matthew Wade although Marsh is being considered for a permanent role as captain following his successful performance against South Africa in September. There will also be a stand-in coach for the series with Andre Borovec taking charge while Andrew McDonald returns home ahead of summer.
The T20I squad includes Matthew Wade (capt), Travis Head, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Josh Inglis, Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott