Marnus Labuschagne’s extraordinary start to England’s domestic T20 tournament has the Test star staking a claim to make Australia’s T20 World Cup squad as an all-rounder.
Australia are to play eight internationals in two weeks in the West Indies in their first visit to the Caribbean in five years.
The three one-day and five Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies in Barbados and St Lucia, between July 9 and 24, will be important preparation for the T20 World Cup later in the year.
The T20s, against the reigning world champions, will all be played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia.
Following that, the team will head to Barbados for three 50-over contests at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown.
The ODIs – all day-nighters that will start at 4.30am on the Australian east coast – will also form part of the International Cricket Council’s ODI Super League that will determine automatic qualification for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
The matches are part of a packed home schedule in the Caribbean, which will also see West Indies host South Africa and Pakistan.
In all, West Indies will play four Tests, three ODIs and 15 T20Is from June 10 to August 24.
South Africa are the first to arrive on June 1, with the first Test from June 10-14 and the second, from June 18 to 22, to both be played in St Lucia.
Pakistan will play five T20s between July 27-August 3 in Grenada and Barbados, ahead of two Tests from August 12-24 at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Australia’s tour dates
First T20: July 9, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia, 7.30pm (July 10, 9.30am AEST)
Second T20: July 10, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia, 7.30pm (July 11, 9.30am AEST)
Third T20: July 12, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia, 7.30pm (July 13, 9.30am AEST)
Fourth T20: July 14, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia, 7.30pm (July 15, 9.30am AEST)
Fifth T20: July 16, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia, 7.30pm (July 17, 9.30am AEST)
First ODI: July 20, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 2.30pm D/N (July 21, 4.30am AEST)
Second ODI: July 22, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 2.30pm D/N (July 23, 4.30am AEST)
Third ODI: July 24, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 2.30pm D/N (July 25, 4.30am AEST)