Smith, Warner named in Australia's CWC squad

Peter Handscomb is expected to be left out of the Australian squad for the World Cup

Peter Handscomb is expected to be left out of the Australian squad for the World Cup

AUSTRALIA'S 15-MAN WORLD CUP SQUAD: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

Smith and Warner are now playing for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively in the IPL after serving their 12-month ban for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket past year.

Meanwhile, pacer Hazlewood, who is out of action since January due to injury, was confident of recovering before the World Cup but the selectors made a decision to give him rest keeping Ashes in mid. Warner has so far amassed 400 runs in only eight outings at a superb average of 80 and looks set to be the main player for Australia in the World Cup. While Warner has been in scorching form for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Smith is still feeling his way to form at Rajasthan Royals. They are likely to miss a couple of matches for their respective franchises, besides the knockout stage in case the teams make it to the play-offs. Hohns added that the selectors were happy to see the performance of the duo in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Alex Carey is the sole wicketkeeper in the squad, while leg-spinner Adam Zampa and off-spinner Nathan Lyon are the two spinners in the squad.

While Jason is likely to miss two scheduled Mumbai matches on May 2 and May 5 against SRH and Kolkata Knight Riders, Stoinis might leave a little early considering RCB's dismal run in the IPL this season.

Cricket Australia (CA), in its statement, mentioned that the 15-man squad will have to assemble in Brisbane for a training camp.

Stand-in skipper Aaron Finch will lead the 15-member squad despite Steve Smith returning to the side.

Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have been included in the squad, which is a reward for their good form in the recent games.

"We have been extremely pleased with how the ODI squad has been building over the past six months, including the recent series wins in India and against Pakistan in the UAE", said chief selector Trevor Hohns.

"Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour".

But Josh Hazlewood and Peter Handscomb - who scored his maiden one-day hundred in India last month - have not been included.

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