Shaun Marsh’s start to the Sheffield Shield season has been solid with a century against Victoria on Sunday and an 85 against Tasmania in the first game, but Australia should not select him for Test cricket this summer.
Selectors have announced the 15-man squad Australia will be taking to the Cricket World Cup in May, confirming Steve Smith and David Warner will represent the nation once again.
The pair’s eligibility for selection after serving one-year bans complicated matters for selectors, who were forced to choose from a surprisingly deep group of in-form candidates heading into the tournament.
Roar cricket Expert Glenn Mitchell joined Editor Daniel Jeffrey on the opening episode of the Game of Codes podcast to uncover the winners and losers from the squad announcement, leading to a debate over the true cost of naming Australia’s former captain and vice-captain in the squad.
Australia’s World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.
In-form batsman Peter Handscomb is perhaps the most surprising omission from the squad after a solid run of form, with Josh Hazlewood also nudged out of the bowling attack after struggling with injury lately.
Australia’s first World Cup match is scheduled for June 1 against Afghanistan.