Australia has only 9 players available for T20 World Cup warm-up match due to IPL schedule


Australia are struggling to muster 11 players for their T20 World Cup warm-up match against Namibia scheduled for Monday (Tuesday, 4:30 a.m. IST). It is possible that only 8 players from their squad of 15 will be available for the competition if captain Mitchell Marsh withdraws as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

A group of Australian stars were busy representing various teams in the just-concluded IPL 2024, with three of them – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Travis Head – involved in the title clash which took place held on Sunday evening in Chennai.

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Cricket Australia has decided to give some time off to the World Cup squad members who participated in the IPL 2024 before returning to action for the T20 showpiece which begins on June 1.

Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell (both Royal Challengers Bengaluru) and Marcus Stoinis (Lucknow Super Giants) are yet to land in Barbados. While Stoinis is only expected to arrive after Namibia's practice match, the duo of Green and Maxwell will link up by the end of the week.

“We're going to be short-staffed,” Marsh said, as quoted by cricket.com.At. “But it’s a practice game. The guys who need to play will play as much as they can and we'll figure it out from there. It is important to be flexible. The guys who participated in the IPL played a lot of cricket. »

“We prioritized giving them a few days at home to see their families, freshen up and play the long game of this tournament. We also have guys who played in the final tonight (Sunday),” he added.

If Marsh also pulls out of the match due to a hamstring injury that cut short his IPL 2024 stint with the Delhi Capitals, Australia will have seven players unavailable for their first warm-up match.

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The Australian support staff of Andrew McDonald, Brad Hodge, George Bailey and Andre Borovec could end up being accepted if needed.

“We'll get our 15 (all together) eventually, but it's really important that we give them a break, even if it's just a few days at home, it's really important,” Marsh said.

Marsh is yet to start bowling but remains positive as Australia hope to win their second world T20 title.

“I probably still have a little bit of (bowling) time left – hopefully I'll start bowling soon. Finish these practice matches as a hitter and then we’ll step it up,” Marsh said.

“We're lucky to have so many options on the ball and so much talent with Stoin, Greeny. I will play when I need to. I thought (this injury) lasted three weeks. Now it's been seven (weeks). With tendons, it's a bit about sensation. Once I was ruled out of the IPL, we definitely took our time. I'm exactly where I need to be with all the planning leading up to the World Cup, I'll be ready to go,” he added.

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    first publication: May 27, 2024, 10:00 AM IST

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