Josh Inglis and Ashton Agar have all-but secured their spots in Australia’s ODI World Cup squad – but who else is in the frame for selection?
The pair helped Western Australia to the Marsh Cup title, with the domestic powerhouse belting South Australia by 181 runs in the final on Wednesday.
Inglis blasted a brilliant century, finishing with 138 from 110 balls including 14 fours and five maximums, proving once again why he is one of the best batsmen in Australia.
Cameron Bancroft (90) and Mitchell Marsh (56) helped WA to a massive total of 7/387 in the first innings, leaving the Redbacks a huge mountain to climb.
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In the end, it proved far too great a task for SA as the likes of Agar (5/64) and Andrew Tye (3/34) tore through their batting lineup and rolling them for 206 runs in the 32nd over.
Opening batsmen Henry Hunt (50) and Kelvin Smith (44) got the chasing side off to a flyer, but after losing five wickets for just 27 runs after their opening stand, South Australia never stood a chance.
The conclusion of the domestic 50-over competition will now see all the attention turn to this year’s World Cup, with the Aussies looking to regain the title after falling short in 2019.
Australia will take on India in ODIs following the current Test series, with a near full-strength squad named including the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh returning from injury.
Australia predicted ODI World Cup squad
- Pat Cummins (c)
- Ashton Agar
- Alex Carey
- Cameron Green
- Josh Hazlewood
- Travis Head
- Josh Inglis
- Marnus Labuschagne
- Mitchell Marsh
- Glenn Maxwell
- Jhye Richardson
- Steve Smith
- Mitchell Starc
- Marcus Stoinis
- David Warner
- Adam Zampa
From the upcoming squad to face India, the only likely change for the Aussies will be Josh Hazlewood returning in place of Sean Abbott.
Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell will both be back in the green and gold for the upcoming tour of India and have shown on countless occasions that they are match-winners with the bat, while injury-riddled quick Jhye Richardson is still high on Cricket Australia’s priority list.
However, the form of David Warner and question marks over Marnus Labuschagne in the white-ball formats could be cause for concern, which likely means selectors will be monitoring the situation and keeping their eyes on some bolters looking to knock down the door.
Australia ODI World Cup bolters
Aside from the aforementioned Abbott, who would consider himself unlucky to miss out for the World Cup, there are a number of other players who stood out in the domestic competition and could factor into selections.
Daniel Hughes was again at the top of the batting charts in the Marsh Cup competition, finishing with a massive 548 runs from just seven appearances, including four centuries and an average in the high-70s. While he is in his mid-30s, Hughes is showing no signs of slowing down and should be considered for selection.
Big-hitting keeper-batsman Josh Philippe was also in the runs throughout the tournament, notching up a ton and four half-centuries and sitting behind only Hughes, while former Test opener Cameron Bancroft finished with over 300 runs and wouldn’t look out of place in the Aussie squad.
Ashton Turner didn’t set the world on fire in the List A competition but had a fantastic BBL campaign, with his leadership qualities and smart middle-order batting something the selectors will likely take into consideration.
In terms of bowlers, Andrew Tye is a wily and clever seamer who finished with 14 wickets at 17.21 during the Marsh Cup season and has previous experience in the national set-up. The same can be said for Nathan Ellis, who is one of the best death bowlers in world cricket and has all the tools to succeed in ODIs.
But it’s the emergence of Tom Rogers in both the Big Bash and Marsh Cup this summer that could force the selectors’ hands. With 43 wickets from 22 appearances across the domestic white-ball competitions, the 29-year-old could be a huge bolter for the World Cup.