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Big reshuffle in Australian team before T20 World Cup, veteran player sent on rest

New Delhi: The current champions of T20 Australia have already started preparations for the World Cup. This time the T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia itself. The selectors have already started working on the playing XI.

Meanwhile, Test captain Pat Cummins will miss Australia’s limited-overs series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand next month in preparation for the T20 World Cup.

Cummins will rest against Zimbabwe and New Zealand

Australia are scheduled to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Zimbabwe in Townsville on August 28 and 30 and September 3, followed by a three-match ODI series against New Zealand in Cairns on September 6, 8 and 11.

Fast bowler Sean Abbott and spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa have returned to the Aaron Finch-led side. Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka ended last week with the visiting team winning the T20I series and the hosts winning the ODI series. The Test series between the two teams was tied at 1-1.

T20 World Cup starting from 16 October

Cricket Australia announced the squad for the series on Monday. Middle-order batsman Travis Head will miss these series due to the birth of his first child with his partner Jess. Australia will host the T20 World Cup, the first round of which will begin on October 16. Defending champions Australia’s first match in the tournament is against New Zealand on 22 October.

This is Australia’s squad

Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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