PTC Web Desk: Australia has announced alterations to its T20 international squad for the remaining three matches against India in the ongoing five-game series.
Ahead of the third match in Guwahati, former World Cup champions Steve Smith and Adam Zampa have departed, while Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, and Sean Abbott will rejoin the team on Wednesday.
Joining the squad are Josh Phillippe, a wicketkeeper-batsman, and power-hitter Ben McDermott, already available for the upcoming third T20. Additionally, New South Wales duo Ben Dwarshuis and spinner Chris Green will bolster the team in Raipur for the fourth match.
Chris Green, who recently assumed the role of full-time captain for Sydney Thunder, is expected to make his international debut, likely in either Raipur or the final match in Bengaluru. His extensive experience spans 190 T20 matches across leagues such as the IPL, Pakistan, the Caribbean, and the UK, alongside impressive performances in the Big Bash and domestic cricket.
The inclusion of Ben McDermott was facilitated by Marnus Labuschagne's involvement in Queensland's Sheffield Shield squad against Western Australia.
With these changes, Travis Head remains the only player from Australia's triumphant World Cup squad in India, accompanied by Tanveer Sangha, who has been with the squad as a reserve.
Australia faces a crucial game to stay competitive in the series after facing defeats in the initial two matches.
Updated Australia T20 squad: Matthew Wade (c), Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Chris Green, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Kane Richardson