Skipper Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Glenn Maxwell returned as Australia on Thursday named a 15-player squad for the ICC men's T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the UAE.
Uncapped West Australian Josh Inglis has been named in the squad as a backup wicket-keeper to Matthew Wade. "Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances in white-ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality Blast where he topped the run charts," George Bailey, Chair of Selectors, said in a statement.
Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, and Patt Cummins have returned to the squad having missed the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Likewise, Steven Smith returns from an elbow injury while captain Aaron Finch is recovering well from recent knee surgery. "We look forward to having all of these players available both from a playing perspective and the experience they bring to International tournaments," Bailey said.
Cricket Australia said selectors have chosen four spinners including Queenslander Mitchell Swepson alongside Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, and Maxwell.
Swepson was impressed in the games he played in the West Indies and Bangladesh including his 3-26 from eight overs in the last two games on tour.
"Mitchell has been impressive with the opportunities he has had," Bailey said, adding that "Given the amount of cricket being played at the World Cup venues, we expect the wickets in the UAE to favour slow bowling, particularly in the later stages, so he gives us another strong leg-spin option."
The squad is due to depart for the UAE in late September or early October.
Australia squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021:
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.