Aussie cricket selectors in tough call ahead of home T20 World Cup

·Sports Reporter
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David Warner (pictured left) walking off the field and Mitchell Starc (pictured right) showcasing Australia's T20 World Cup jersey.
David Warner (pictured left) and Mitchell Starc (pictured right) are just a number of stars that won't travel to India ahead of the T20 World Cup. (Getty Images)

Aussie selectors have not taken any chances with a number of stars in the whirlwind tour of India ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Veteran opener David Warner has been left out of the squad to receive some rest ahead of the blitz six-day Tour of India ahead of Australia's World Cup defence.

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Star bowler Mitch Starc (knee) and allrounders Mitch Marsh (ankle) and Marcus Stoinis (side) will also remain at home ahead of the Tour.

Trio Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott were added to the squad.

The Tour, three games in six days, will act as a warm ahead of next month's World Cup defence for the green and gold.

Marsh and Stoinis were expected to miss the Tour after picking up injuries against New Zealand and Zimbabwe in the Cairns ODIs.

However, Starc was a late withdrawal after scans showed a knee injury on Wednesday.

Australia's World Cup warm-up will continue back at home with a series against the West Indies and England.

The four missing stars will be expected to take part in the warm-up fixtures.

Starc was available on Wednesday to showcase Australia's Indigenous-themed World Cup jersey.

The design has a Walkabouts Wicket design on the front and back to pay respects to the emerging, current and past First Nations cricketers.

This includes a tribute to the First Indigenous XI that travelled to England in 1868.

Glenn Maxwell backs Aaron Finch as captain

Finch retired from 50-over cricket last Sunday following a form slump, failing to crack double digits in his past six ODI innings.

But allrounder Maxwell expects the opener to find form when Australia travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting on Tuesday.

"He'll certainly enjoy having these game in India, he enjoys batting there," Maxwell told reporters on Wednesday at the launch of the First Nations World Cup kit.

Finch remains captain of the T20 side amid uncertainty over who will take over as ODI skipper.

Test captain Pat Cummins has said it would be unrealistic for him to take up the ODI position full-time, while David Warner flagged his interest, pending his lifetime leadership ban being lifted.

Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch (pictured) holds the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch (pictured) has the backing of the players ahead of the home World Cup. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

While his ODI form dropped off, Finch has averaged 30.87 in T20s this year atop the order and Maxwell emphasised his value as skipper.

"Once he gets out on the field and takes control of the team out there, he's been able to focus on the job at hand really well and that's a credit to him," Maxwell said.

"Obviously it wasn't the easiest time for him in one-day cricket but his attitude has never changed.

"He was brilliant with the strategy side of thing. It's a very underrated thing in T20.

"Don't discount his value as captain."

with AAP

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