Melbourne: Australia’s chief selector Trevor Hohns has confirmed that they have made up their mind regarding their squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled in October in Australia.
“The last one or two positions always give us a headache normally. Particularly when you’ve got a settled line-up that has performed very well over the last 12 months,” Hohns said in the presser.
“We’d be very close (to finalizing a squad). If we had to, we could probably just about nominate it now,” he added.
Remember, Australia have enjoyed tremendous period in T20I format during the last year. They have won nine out of their last 10 completed T20Is across series against India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and South Africa.
Meanwhile, Hons talked about the inclusion of Marnus Labuschagne in the shorter format of the game. He said that they don’t want to disturb his performance in Tests and ODIs by putting him under extra pressure of T20Is.
“We don’t want to go too far with him yet. He works so hard, he’s now playing Test cricket and one-day cricket,” Hohns said. “That’s happened in a short period of time. We don’t want to overburden but there’s no reason why a player like that can’t play T20 cricket,” he added.
It must be noted here that so far the ICC is standing firm to stage the mega event as per the schedule. However, the prevailing COVID-19 across the world is a concern and currently, all major sports activities have come to a standstill.