Australia has announced its squad for the T20I series against India, with Western Australia allrounder Aaron Hardie and Kane Richardson being called up as replacements. David Warner has been given a break after the ODI World Cup, while Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have all headed home.
Warner had an outstanding World Cup where he scored 535 runs at 48.63, but the upcoming Pakistan series will be his last Test series. He has earmarked the SCG in early January for his retirement from the format.
The T20I squad includes seven players who featured during the World Cup plus Tanveer Sangha, who was a travelling reserve throughout. The side will be led by Matthew Wade, although Steve Marsh is the favorite to captain them permanently. There will also be a stand-in coach for the series, with Andre Borovec taking charge as Andrew McDonald returns home ahead of the summer.
The T20I series gets underway in Visakhapatnam on Thursday and will act as part of the build-up to next year’s T20 edition in West Indies and the USA. Australia currently has six more T20Is scheduled before that tournament, with a pair of three-match series against West Indies and New Zealand in February.