Australia, the five-time champions, have unveiled their formidable 15-member squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup scheduled to take place in India during October and November. It’s noteworthy that Australia initially revealed an 18-member provisional squad but have now streamlined their selection to a final 15, omitting Aaron Hardie, Nathan Ellis, and Tanveer Sangha from the final roster.
In a surprising turn, Test specialist Marnus Labuschagne has also failed to secure a spot in this marquee ICC event. Australia enters the World Cup with a wave of confidence, having already claimed an ICC title earlier this year. Their triumph came in the form of the World Test Championship Final for the 2021-2023 cycle, where they outperformed India to hoist the coveted Test mace.
This stellar achievement sets the stage for an exciting World Cup campaign. The Australian team will commence their World Cup journey with a high-intensity clash against India on October 8, set to unfold at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This match also serves as India’s inaugural fixture in a tournament they are hosting in its entirety.
Presenting your 15-player men’s provisional squad for the 2023 World Cup!
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 6, 2023
Following this encounter, Australia is slated to take on South Africa in another pivotal clash on October 12. The venue for this match will be the Ekana International Stadium in Lucknow. As part of their preparations for the mega event, Australia is set to tour India for a three-match ODI series, offering them the ideal practice ahead of the World Cup.
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The ODI series between these cricketing powerhouses will commence on September 22, and it will be followed by a five-match T20I series after the conclusion of the World Cup, promising a thrilling cricketing spectacle for fans on both sides of the rivalry.
Australia World Cup 2023 15-member Squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.