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Cricket: Australia World Cup squad

Australia have confirmed their squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup with a number of key players making the cut after battling with injuries.

The Aussies named their provisional squad at the start of September and included skipper Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith despite injury concerns hanging over all of them.

All four players have now been declared fit to play in the World Cup and Australia have locked in their 15-man squad for the tournament.

Let’s take a look at the 15 players tasked with the job of winning the World Cup for the first time since 2015.

WhatWorld Cup 2023 
WhereIndia
When5th October to 19th November 2023
How to watch9Now, Kayo Sports
OddsIndia 3.20, England 4.00, Australia 5.50

Pat Cummins

The skipper suffered a fractured hand during the Ashes series, which resulted in Mitch Marsh being handed the white-ball captaincy in his absence.

Cummins has proved his fitness in the last two ODIs against India and has a couple more warm-up games to sharpen up his game.

Steve Smith

Smith has fully recovered from his wrist injury and is in good touch after scoring 74 runs in the third ODI against India.

Smith can be backed at 21.00 to be the Top Batter at the World Cup and the Aussies will need him in top form if they are to win it.

Alex Carey

Australia’s number one wicketkeeper that can chip in with crucial runs and heads to the World Cup after a solid Ashes series in England.

Josh Inglis will push him hard, but for now at least, Carey is number one with the gloves.

Josh Inglis

Inglis is back-up to Carey for now but has shown he is more than capable of stepping into the side if required.

Inglis smashed an impressive 45 runs in the opening ODI against India.

Sean Abbott

The fast-medium paced bowler is unlikely to start for Australia but has shown he is worthy of a place in the squad and is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job if needed.

Marnus Labuschagne

All-rounder Ashton Agar is unable to play at the World Cup as he continues to nurse a calf injury, leading to Marnus Labuschagne earning a place in the final 15.

Labuschagne initially missed out on selection for the recent tour of South Africa, but made the most of a late call-up and secured his place at the global event in place of the stricken Agar.

Cameron Green

The influential all-rounder has not played a great deal of cricket after nursing a hamstring injury, but has been scoring runs and taking wickets in the ODIs against India.

Josh Hazlewood

One of Australia’s most fearsome pace bowlers when fully fit, which has not always been the case of late.

Was nursed through the Ashes series but looks to be back to full fitness after playing the last two ODIs against India.

Travis Head

The classy batsman is another player under an injury cloud after fracturing his hand in the recent ODI series against South Africa, and may have to be nursed through the opening games of the tournament.

Mitch Marsh

Marsh has been a revelation during the recent white-ball fixtures and smashed another 96 runs when opening the batting in the third ODI against India.

Glenn Maxwell

Looks to be over his troublesome ankle injury after batting and bowling in the third ODI against India and will be crucial to Australia’s chances of winning the World Cup.

Marcus Stoinis

The all-rounder scored 29 runs in the opening ODI against India and is a handy weapon to have in the 15 as the Aussies chase glory.

David Warner

Warner looks to be back in good shape and the runs are flowing as he continues to open the batting.

He has notched half-centuries in his last three ODIs and is priced at 15.00 to be Top Batter at the World Cup.

Adam Zampa

The spin bowler continues to take wickets and he will be crucial to Australia’s chances of winning the World Cup in conditions that should suit him.

Zampa can be backed at 19.00 to be the Top Bowler at the World Cup.

Mitchell Starc

Starc has been battling a groin injury, but when fit he is a huge threat for the Aussies and they will be delighted to get some game-time into him against India in the third ODI.

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