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    A fairly gentle introduction to the game with a two Test tour of Bangladesh. Australia are currently ranked 5th in the world and, with the Test Championship in England next year, will be desperate to perform against a Bangladesh side ranked 9th. The selectors have also taken the opportunity to look at some new faces ahead of the Indian tour of Australia in the summer, including four uncapped players in the 18-man squad.
    Tim PAINE (c) 35 31
    Travis HEAD (vc) 26 17
    Ashton AGAR 26 4
    Joe BURNS 31 21
    Alex CAREY 28 -
    Pat CUMMINS 27 30
    Josh HAZLEWOOD 29 51
    Marnus LABUSCHAGNE 26 14
    Nathan LYON 33 96
    Mitchell MARSH 29 32
    Michael NESER 30 -
    James PATTINSON 30 21
    Will PUCOVSKI 22 -
    Jhye RICHARDSON 23 1
    Steven SMITH 31 73
    Mitchell STARC 30 57
    David WARNER 34 84
    Adam ZAMPA 28 -
    Tim Paine continues to lead the side with Travis Head confirmed as his deputy. Limited overs spinner Adam Zampa will provide cover for Nathan Lyon while Ashton Agar will be looking to establish himself as a genuine all-rounder. Alex Carey provides cover for Tim Paine and also offers a middle order batting option, while 22-year old starlet Will Pucovski will hope for a chance after withdrawing from two previous squads. Michael Neser provides an interesting balance option as a seam bowling all-rounder who could allow the inclusion of a second frontline spinner.


    11 June 2020, Chittagong

    Team: Warner, Burns, Labuschagne, Smith, Head, Paine*†, Agar, Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood

    Australia 433 (Labuschagne 154, Agar 92, Islam 4/106) and 4/329 dec (Warner 145, Labuschagne 128) defeated Bangladesh 244 (Das 69, Hazlewood 3/22) and 349 (Iqbal 108, Hazlewood 3/52) by 169 runs

    An excellent start to the career, with a dominant victory on the back of two strong batting performances. Ashton Agar was included to provide a second spin bowling option with Tim Paine moved up to number six. Paine won the toss and chose to bat in good conditions, but might have regretted that decision after both openers were dismissed cheaply. A 150-run partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith (154 and 64 respectively) put Australia into a decent position and, while new vice-captain Travis Head was dismissed for a duck, excellent contributions from Paine (62), Agar (92) and Pat Cummins (38) drove Australia to a strong first innings total of 433.

    Bangladesh started well in reply with both openers passing 30 and number three Liton Das making an impressive 69 before a stunning catch from David Warner off Mitchell Starc ended his stay, but their lower order was unable to deal with the Australian attack. Starc and Cummins finished with two wickets each but Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 3/22.

    Warner got Australia’s second innings off to a blistering start with a stunning 145 from 123 balls. He was well supported by Labuschagne who made 128 - his second hundred for the match. Australia eventually declared after tea on day four at 4/329 setting Bangladesh 518 for the win.

    Star opening batsman Tamim Iqbal drove Bangladesh to a credible 349 with a brilliant 108 before Lyon trapped him in front. Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to form any partnerships, with Australia eventually winning by 169 runs with Hazlewood again starring with 3/52.

    Labuschagne was named man of the match for his twin centuries, but this was an excellent team performance that provides a strong base to build on.


    19 June 2020, Dhaka

    Team: Burns, Labuschagne, Pucovski, Smith, Head*, Carey†, Agar, Neser, Pattinson, Zampa, Richardson

    Australia 401 (Carey 82, Head 71, Hasan 6/124) and 6/229 (Carey 77*) defeated Bangladesh 342 (Haque 93, Das 85, Pattinson 4/99) and 285 (Iqbal 126) by four wickets

    The selectors rang the changes for this game with debutants Alex Carey, Will Pucovski, Michael Neser and Adam Zampa included alongside the returning James Pattinson and Jhye Richardson. Travis Head captained the side for the first time in Tim Paine's absence, with Marnus Labuschagne opening alongside Joe Burns in place of the rested David Warner and Pucovski slotting in at number three. Head lost his first coin toss and Australia were asked to bowl first.

    Bangladesh continued on from their improved showing in the second innings of the first Test, with Liton Das (85) and captain Monimul Haque (93) driving them to a solid first innings total of 342. Pattinson was the pick of the bowlers with 4/99 but Richardson (2/58) and Neser (1/60) showed good control and Ashton Agar's 2/42 confirmed him as a genuine second spinner.

    Burns and Pucovski struggled with the conditions and were dismissed cheaply, but patient half-centuries from Labuschagne and Smith guided Australia into a decent position before Head returned to form with a rapid 71 alongside state teammate Carey, whose impressive debut 82 featured 9 4s and 2 sixes. Another decent score for Agar (47) and some runs from the tail got Australia to 401, giving them a first innings lead of 59. Teenage off spinner Nayeem Hasan was the best of the bowlers taking 6/124 from his 40 overs.

    Bangladesh were underwhelming in reply, with opener Shadman Islam’s brilliant 126 and a patient 53 from all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain’s the only bright spots in an otherwise disappointing 285 all out. Pattinson, Neser and Zampa picked up two wickets each while Richardson again showed excellent control and Agar picked up another important wicket.

    Chasing 229 for the win, Australia started terribly falling to 5/92 early in their innings. A 115-run partnership between debutants Carey and Neser (77* and 56* respectively) steadied the ship though, guiding Australia home with four wickets in hand.

    Carey named man of the match for his two game defining half-centuries but, Pucovski aside, all of the debutants and returning players acquitted themselves well.

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      This short tour starts with a T20 against Scotland and three T20s against England. Three ODIs against England will follow, but a different squad for those matches will be announced after the T20s.
      NAME AGE T20Is
      Aaron FINCH (c) 33 61
      Travis HEAD (vc) 26 16
      Ashton AGAR 26 4
      Alex CAREY 28 28
      Pat CUMMINS 27 30
      Glenn MAXWELL 31 61
      Josh PHILIPPE 23 -
      Jhye RICHARDSON 23 9
      Kane RICHARDSON 29 18
      D'Arcy SHORT 29 20
      Steven SMITH 31 39
      Mitchell STARC 30 31
      Marcus STOINIS 30 19
      David WARNER 33 79
      Adam ZAMPA 28 30

      Aaron Finch will continue in his role as limited overs captain, with Travis Head now confirmed as the Australian vice captain across all three formats. Josh Philippe is the only uncapped player at the squad. The 23-year old Western Australian can bat anywhere in the top seven and provides wicketkeeping cover for Alex Carey.


      T20I - SCOTLAND
      29 June 2020, Edinburgh

      Team: Finch*, Carey†, Head, Stoinis, Maxwell, Philippe, Agar, Cummins, Starc, Zampa, K Richardson

      Scotland 8/73 (MacLeod 39, Starc 3/12, K Richardson 2/22) defeated Australia 6/107 (Head 41, Main 2/21, Davey 2/24) by two wickets (DLS)

      The selectors opted for a well-balanced side with three frontline seam bowlers, two spin bowlers and six batsmen. Josh Philippe made his International debut at number six, with Alex Carey opening alongside Aaron Finch. David Warner and Steve Smith were rested.

      Finch one the toss and chose to bat, but Australia’s innings was disastrous. Carey and Finch both fell cheaply and, while Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis put on 68 for the third wicket, when they fell in successive balls Australia collapsed to 6/107 from their twenty overs.

      Rain then interrupted and the game and, with two hours lost, Scotland were set a reduced target of 73 from 12 overs. Mitchell Starc was outstanding, striking in each of his three overs to finish with 3/12 but, he wasn’t supported by his teammates or the small total. Cummins aside, the other Australian bowlers went for more than nine an over as Scotland coasted to victory with 11 balls to spare.

      While this was little more than a warmup match, there will be concerns about how poor Australia were in all facets of the game.


      FIRST T20I
      3 July 2020, North London

      Team: Warner, Finch*, Smith, Head, Carey†, Maxwell, Agar, Starc, Cummins, J Richardson, Zampa

      England 4/157 (Bairstow 50, Buttler 42) defeated Australia 5/154 (Warner 53, Smith 49*, Willey 2/17)

      Warner and Smith returned to the side with Philippe and Stoinis making way, while Jhye Richardson replaced Kane Richardson alongside Starc and Cummins.

      Batting first after winning the toss, Finch and Warner got Australia off to a great start taking 66 runs from the power play. Finch was caught behind off Chris Woakes from the first ball of the seventh over for 36, but Smith and Warner continued in the same manner guiding Australia to 1/96 from ten overs. When Adil Rashid removed Warner in the 14th over, Australia collapsed with Carey, Maxwell and Head all struggling to score while Smith stuck at the non-strikers’ end.

      Chasing 155, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow got England off to an incredible start. Buttler raced to 42 from just 17 balls before Agar trapped him in front. Decent contributions from Joe Root and Eoin Morgan guided England to 3/111 in the tenth over. Bairstow went past fifty in the 12 over and England eventually coasted to victory in the 17th over with six wickets in hand.

      A disappointing start to the series after the even more disappointing loss to Scotland will give Australia a lot to ponder.


      SECOND T20I
      5 July 2020, Manchester

      Team: Warner, Finch*, Smith, Head, Carey†, Stoinis, Agar, Starc, Cummins, K Richardson, Zampa

      England 150 (Root 49, Starc 3/28, Cummins 3/29) defeated Australia 7/139 (Smith 55, Rashid 3/25) by 11 runs

      Marcus Stoinis and Kane Richardson replaced Glenn Maxwell and Jhye Richardson who both performed poorly in the previous game. Finch won the toss again but chose to bowl first this time and was immediately rewarded when Cummins removed Bairstow in the second over. England recovered to 1/56 at the end of the power play and had made their way to 2/77 before two wickets in successive balls from Ashton Agar and one each from Richardson and Stoinis to slow the scoring. A late dash from Stokes and Hales got England to 147 in the 17th over before Cummins removed Hales and Starc took 3/1 in his final over to bowl England out for 150.

      Australia were very disappointing in response, losing wickets regularly despite several batsmen making decent starts. Steve Smith’s 55 from 44 balls and Alex Carey’s unbeaten 32 from 21 balls were positive as was Mitchell Starc’s late hitting, but Australia finished their 20 overs on 7/139 falling 11 runs short. Adil Rashid’s 3/25 was the standout performance, but Jofra Archer’s 1/22 brought the scoring to a halt in the middle overs. The middle order also needs some attention as losing Head, Stoinis and Agar in a five over spell meant that Australia fell well behind the required scoring rate.

      Australia will be very disappointed to have lost the series despite being competitive in both games.


      THIRD T20I
      7 July 2020, Leeds

      Team: Finch*, Carey†, Head, Short, Philippe, Stoinis, Agar, Starc, Zampa, J Richardson, K Richardson

      Australia 4/189 (Short 78*, Head 59, Woakes 3/37) defeated England 7/162 (Morgan 57, Zampa 2/23, Agar 2/39) by 27 runs

      With the three match series lost, the selectors opted to rest Warner, Smith and Cummins with D’Arcy Short, Josh Philippe and Jhye Richardson coming into the side. Finch won the toss again and chose to bat first. A tremendous start saw Australia take 50 from the first five overs before Finch and Alex Carey fell in successive balls. Short and Head then put on a tremendous 123-run partnership guiding Australia to 4/189 from their 20 overs with Short unbeaten on 78 from 47 balls.

      Starc then removed Buttler first ball and disciplined bowling from the Australians controlled the scoring while continuing to take wickets. That changed in the 15th over though, with Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales blasting 21 and 25 runs in successive overs to take England from 4/95 to 6/140 with three overs remaining. Agar and Starc took control back though and England finished on 7/162, giving Australia victory by 27 runs.

      A much better performance with bat and ball, but plenty of work to be done ahead of the World Cup later in the year.
      Last edited by mariospeedwagon; 11-05-2020, 02:51 AM.