No Usman Khawaja in Shane Warne’s Australia World Cup squad
SYDNEY (92 News) – If it were up to Shane Warne, Usman Khawaja wouldn’t be selected in Australia’s 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
Khawaja is the leading run-scorer in one-day internationals in 2019, with 769 runs in 13 matches, at an average of 59.15. But despite that, Warne, tweeting out his selection of 15, left out the left-handed top-order batsman.
Warne instead picked D’Arcy Short, who has played just four ODIs, and hasn’t played one since November 2018. Short was picked to open alongside David Warner. Aaron Finch, the ODI captain, was shifted down to No.3, with Steve Smith at two-drop.
My squad of 15
Richardson J (if fit)
Thoughts followers ? Agree ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 8, 2019
Peter Handscomb, another in-form player, was also left out, as was Josh Hazlewood. Shaun Marsh made the squad, but found no spot in the XI.
Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey made up Warne’s middle order, with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa completing the XI.
Before announcing his pick, Warne stated that the conditions in England and Wales must be kept in mind while considering any squad.
Cricket Australia are expected to announce their World Cup squad by 23 April, but with over 20 players in contention for the 15 spots, competition is tight.
Tickets for the official warm-up fixtures ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 will go on sale at 10am (BST) on Wednesday 10 April, to coincide with 50 days to go until the tournament gets underway on 30 May.
- Each team will play two warm-up fixtures between 24-28 May 2019 ahead of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019
- Prices start from just £15 for adults and £1 for under 16s and tickets will be available via Official CWC19 Ticketing Site from 10am BST tomorrow
- Matches to be held at Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl, The Oval
- ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director, Steve Elworthy: “The warm-up fixtures provide the chance for fans to see the world’s greatest players on their doorstep”
Ten warm-up fixtures will be played between 24-28 May, with each competing side playing two matches ahead of the main tournament.
The warm-up fixtures will be held across four official CWC19 Host Venues: Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl and The Oval, but will not carry official ODI status.
Ticket prices for the fixtures start from as low as £15 for adults and £1 for under 16s.
Tickets for seven of the ten warm-up fixtures will have a maximum advanced price of £15, while the top advanced price for any fixture is just £25. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the warm-up fixtures on the Official CWC19 Ticketing Site from 10am (BST) on Wednesday 10 April using their existing account details.
Tickets will be available at the venues on the day of fixtures, however, prices will be £5 higher than pre-booked tickets, therefore fans are advised to book their tickets in advance.
The ten warm-up fixtures will provide fans who were unsuccessful in applying for CWC19 tickets the opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest players as they fine tune their preparations for the Cricket World Cup.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director, Steve Elworthy, said: “With the exceptional demand we saw for Cricket World Cup tickets, we’ve made an effort to make ticket prices for these fixtures affordable to give families and unsuccessful ticket applicants another chance to be part of the world’s greatest cricket celebration.
“The warm-up fixtures provide the chance for fans to see the world’s greatest players on their doorstep, as they put the finishing touches to their plans for the tournament.”
As per previous ICC tournaments, warm-up fixtures will be 50 overs per side, but will not carry official ODI status, as teams can field all members of their 15-man squad during the match.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up games will be focussed on making sure the teams prepare as well as possible for the tournament. Therefore, fan activation around the host venues and cities will be minimal compared to what fans can expect during the tournament.
Prices for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up fixtures are as follows: