Australia Players to Skip Warm-up Matches Before T20 World Cup

Head coach Andrew McDonald has indicated that top Australian players who are participating in the Indian Premier League finals would not be participating in the T20 World Cup 2024 warm-up matches.

According to McDonald, who spoke with cricket.com.au, players like Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, and Mitchell Starc will be added to the roster shortly before the side’s June 5 tournament opener against Oman.

Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain will host warm-up matches between Australia and the West Indies and Namibia. For those two games, they won’t have their entire roster available.

The only squad without an Australian player on its roster is RR. RCB and SRH each have two, whereas KKR only has one.

Regarding the Australian players participating in the IPL, McDonald stated, “They’ll have a staggered entry now that they’ve made the finals – they’ll meet us in Barbados, and the guys who aren’t in the IPL finals, will meet us in Trinidad.”

“When we get to Barbados, we have four or five days there until our first game against Oman, so we’re just trying to put together the best individual and team preparation,” he continued.

The head coach also stated that captain Mitchell Marsh will not bowl in the warm-up games as he recovers from a hamstring ailment. Marsh had to miss the most of the IPL to rehabilitate for the T20 World Cup, when he will lead Australia.

Australia’s final T20 World Cup squad

Mitch Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reser

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