Australian cricketer Sean Abbott secures his first ODI World Cup spot in Australia’s 15-man squad for the tournament in India. Abbott’s inclusion enhances Australia’s all-rounder depth for the marquee event.
Australian all-rounder Sean Abbott is set to make his debut appearance in an ODI World Cup, following his selection in Australia’s 15-man squad for the upcoming tournament in India. This significant achievement marks a long-awaited moment in Abbott’s career, which has seen him represent his country in the One Day International format only 11 times since his debut in October 2014.
Australia had earlier announced an 18-member squad in preparation for their tour of South Africa, from which they have now finalized their World Cup selection, omitting Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, and Tanveer Sangha.
Abbott’s inclusion highlights Australia’s strategic preference for an all-rounder-heavy squad for the marquee event. The squad boasts an array of versatile talents, including Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis, known for their seam bowling prowess. In addition to these three, Abbott and the team’s skipper, Pat Cummins, also bring batting depth to the lower order, enhancing the squad’s balance.
Australia’s spin department will be anchored by Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, and Adam Zampa, with Maxwell expected to regain full fitness ahead of the tournament. Despite minor injury concerns, key players like Cummins, Steve Smith, and Mitchell Starc are anticipated to feature in the ODIs against India leading up to the World Cup.
George Bailey, the selection chief, expressed optimism about the players’ recovery, stating, “All are well placed to come back online in the coming weeks and potentially for selection in the upcoming series against India. There are eight one-day matches still to play in South Africa and India before the final squad is due to be declared. They are followed by two World Cup practice games, which offers plenty of opportunity to continue the build for the tournament.”
Australia retains the flexibility to make changes to the squad until the ICC mandated deadline of September 28. The team is scheduled to commence its World Cup campaign against the host nation, India, in Chennai on October 8.
Australia’s ODI World Cup Squad:
- Pat Cummins (c)
- Sean Abbott
- Ashton Agar
- Alex Carey
- Cameron Green
- Josh Hazlewood
- Travis Head
- Josh Inglis
- Mitchell Marsh
- Glenn Maxwell
- Steve Smith
- Mitchell Starc
- Marcus Stoinis
- David Warner
- Adam Zampa
Australia’s fans eagerly anticipate the squad’s performance as they aim to secure their sixth ODI World Cup title in India.