Glenn Maxwell returns, Mitch Marsh to lead Australia in T20I series against West Indies | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Australia have announced a 14-player squad for the upcoming T20 International series against the West Indies, scheduled to commence on February 9.
The squad sees the return of dynamic all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will be rested for the series as part of their management ahead of the New Zealand tour.
Mitch Marsh will lead the side, providing an opportunity for Australia to fine-tune their preparations for the T20 World Cup.
Steve Smith, who had been trialed as an opener in the recent series in India, is also set to take a break, while David Warner, who has retired from Tests and ODIs, will resume his position at the top of the order.

Cricket Australia’s chief selector, George Bailey, highlighted the significance of the series in shaping the T20 World Cup squad. He mentioned, “We see these matches as an opportunity to narrow down on those who may be part of the T20 World Cup squad later this year.”
Bailey added, “There are a further three T20 Internationals in New Zealand following this West Indies series where we will continue to build towards the T20 World Cup as required.”
With an eye on player development and experimentation, Bailey indicated, “It is likely we will use the block of six games to provide opportunity to players in some different roles and positions. We will then be keeping a close eye on the IPL before choosing a World Cup squad.”
The squad is scheduled to assemble in Hobart on February 7, gearing up for the opening match at Blundstone Arena on February 9. The series against the West Indies will be a crucial phase in Australia’s T20 World Cup preparations.
Australia T20I squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
(With inputs from IANS)

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