Cricket Australia has announced the squad for the upcoming T20I series against India. Western Australian allrounder Aaron Hardie, who made his debut in South Africa earlier this year, has been added to the squad. Kane Richardson has also been called up as a replacement for Spencer Johnson who has a hamstring injury.
The series acts as part of the build-up to next year’s T20 edition in West Indies and the USA. The squad includes seven players who featured during the World Cup plus Tanveer Sangha who was a traveling reserve throughout. 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.
The side will be led by Matthew Wade although Marsh, who captained them to a 3-0 victory against South Africa in September, is the favorite for the role on a permanent basis. 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.
David Warner has been given a break after the ODI World Cup, and he joins a group of multiformat players who will skip the five-match series ahead of the home summer which starts with the first Test against Pakistan on December 14th. Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are also heading home along with allrounders Cameron Green and Mitchell Marsh.