David Warner and Mitch Marsh have not been included in Australia’s 16-man squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in February, while coach Justin Langer will also be absent. Ben McDermott has benefited from his impressive performance in the Big Bash League. Australia will host Sri Lanka in a five-match T20I series. During this matches will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground, Manuka Oval in Canberra and Melbourne Cricket Ground from 11-20 February. Langer is among the members of the support staff going on leave during the T20I series and ahead of the three-Test series in Pakistan from March 3.
Josh Hazlewood returns:
In Langer’s absence, Andrew McDonald will serve as head coach, as was the case during the T20I series of the tour of New Zealand last year. Warner and Marsh, who played a key role in Australia’s T20 World Cup win in the United Arab Emirates, will also miss these five T20Is ahead of the Pakistan tour. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will return to the team from the T20 series after recovering from injury. He was injured in the Ashes series against England.
Ben McDermott was rewarded for his outstanding performance in the Big Bash League.
Hobart Hurricanes’ Ben McDermott has been rewarded for his outstanding performance in the Big Bash League. McDermott is the first player in BBL history to score a century in consecutive matches. He scored an unbeaten 110 against the Adelaide Strikers on 27 December and 127 against the Melbourne Renegades 48 hours later. He was also declared player of the tournament. He scored 577 runs this season at an average of 48.08 and a strike rate of 153.86.
Squad of Australia:
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Josh Inglis, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa .