Australia Names Fraser-McGurk, Matt Short as T20 World Cup Reserves

Australia announces Jake Fraser-McGurk and Matt Short as reserves for the T20 World Cup 2024 squad, with the main team set for the Caribbean and USA.

Melbourne – Australia has announced Jake Fraser-McGurk and Matthew Short as reserves for their T20 World Cup squad, which will travel to the Caribbean and USA. The final 15-man team and travelling reserves have been confirmed.

Fraser-McGurk has burst onto the scene, making a significant impact with his powerful batting. In nine games for the Delhi Capitals, he has scored four half-centuries, amassing 330 runs at a stunning strike rate of 234.04, including 32 boundaries and 28 sixes.

“You look at Jake’s form in the IPL – he took that by storm and he was a serious consideration for the final 15,” coach Andrew McDonald told cricket.com.au.

“And so was Matthew Short. His BBL form has been outstanding over a long period of time, and he’s shown glimpses at the international level as well, albeit at times he’s had to play a different role,” McDonald said.

“When you’re on the fringes, potentially you’re going to have to play different roles at different times, and he’s really embraced some middle-order opportunities. We know that he’s best suited at the top of the order – and it’s probably similar for Jake as well – hence why they haven’t been picked in the initial 15. But should anything change, we feel as though both of them could have the flexibility to line up anywhere in that batting order,” McDonald added.

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The absence of Fraser-McGurk from the 15-man squad, despite his impressive IPL performance, was among the biggest surprises when the 2021 T20 World Cup champions unveiled their squad for the upcoming tournament. His explosive IPL campaign nearly earned him a spot, but the strong David Warner-Travis Head-Mitch Marsh top order saw him miss out.

Cricket Australia stated that players and staff will arrive in the West Indies in stages, with those participating in the Indian Premier League given time at home before joining the group. Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Cameron Green, and Glenn Maxwell will join the team in Barbados ahead of Australia’s tournament opener against Oman on June 5.

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The Australian squad will fly to the Caribbean on Thursday for a training camp in Trinidad, which includes two practice matches against Namibia and West Indies on May 28 and 30, respectively.

Australia will open their T20 World Cup campaign against Oman in Barbados on June 5, followed by Group B fixtures against England, Namibia, and Scotland.

Australia Squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Travelling Reserves: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Matt Short