Australia will leave their first-choice bowling attack for Sunday’s Twenty20 game against England in Perth, across the country, as they prepare to host the format’s World Cup.
Captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell – all of whom featured in Wednesday’s narrow win against the West Indies in Carrara, Queensland – will remain on the Gold Coast.
The selectors have instead opted to request Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson and Marcus Stoinis for their first international in almost three years in the Western Australian (WA) capital.
Mitchell Marsh, who only appeared as a batsman on Wednesday, will miss his side’s second T20 against the West Indies on Friday after flying to Perth to play England on Thursday.
Nathan Ellis and Mitchell Swepson were added to the squad for the WA trip as additional cover, as were Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott, who were already traveling with the squad.
Chief selector George Bailey said: “The high performance team and selectors planned these games to ensure our squad come into the World Cup fresh and ready to perform.
“Some squad members have traveled to Perth early to start preparations a bit earlier than the main squad and a handful of others will not be making the Perth journey.
“With some players remaining on the East Coast it presents another chance for Nathan Ellis and Daniel Sams who have both performed well in India.
“Likewise, Mitchell Swepson was part of last year’s World Cup roster and continues to bring good depth to our T20 spin bowling division.”
Cummins, Hazlewood, Maxwell, Starc and Zampa will return for Australia’s second and third England games in Canberra next week.
England meet their rivals again in Group 1 of the Super 12 phase of the T20 World Cup in Melbourne on 28 October.
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