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Fraser-McGurk gets belated World Cup call-up - but there's a major catch

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21st May, 2024
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Big-hitter Jake Fraser-McGurk will go to the Twenty20 World Cup as a reserve batsman for the Australia squad.

Fraser-McGurk’s eye-catching IPL scoring has been recognised with a reserve slot while versatile Matt Short will be Australia’s other travelling emergency.

Chair of selectors George Bailey says the duo will travel with the previously announced 15-man squad for the tournament in the West Indies and United States starting next month.

Jake Fraser-McGurk of Australia bats during game three of the Men's One Day International match between Australia and West Indies at Manuka Oval on February 06, 2024 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jake Fraser-McGurk. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

“Matt and Jake made compelling cases for initial selection with their respective performances for Australia last summer and, in Jake’s case, more recently in the IPL,” Bailey said on Tuesday.

“As the tournament proceeds, the short turnaround between fixtures makes it challenging to get players in at short notice in the event of injury.

“Matt provides the squad with an all-round skillset option while Jake provides further batting cover.

“Both players have exciting talents that can add to the squad if needed.

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“If not, the experience will still be valuable in their respective development journeys at international level.”

Fraser-McGurk made 330 runs including four half-centuries at a stunning strike-rate of 234 for the Delhi Capitals in the just-completed IPL.

AUSTRALIA’S T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD:

Mitchell Marsh (capt), 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. Reserves: Matt Short, Jake Fraser-McGurk.

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