Cricket Australia has announced their 15 man squad for the ICC cricket world with some big omissions.
As expected top-order duo, David Warner and Steve Smith return to national colors and a few unexpected omissions.
In form batsman Peter Handscomb who has averaged 43 in 2019 including a century in India misses out while Josh Hazlewood who picked up an injury has also been overlooked by the selectors who want to preserve him for the Ashes.
Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have been selected but subject to fitness tests.
Australia are the reigning champions and while their ODI form on the back of the sand paper gate would have stacked the odds against them, their recent win in ODI as well as the form of Warner and Smith in the Indian Premier League means they are definitely back in the running.
Australia’s World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa