Australian, The – Cup now the priority

USMAN Khawaja’s Ashes preparations won’t come into consideration when selectors announce Australia’s latest one-day squad this week.

Summary

  • Cup now the priorityUSMAN Khawaja’s Ashes preparations won’t come into consideration when selectors announce Australia’s latest one-day squad this week.
  • Australia is now dealing with the competing forces of how to best fine­tune players for the respective challenges presented by the World Cup and the Ashes.
  • However, coach Justin Langer has declared that mixing and matching players and formats is not an option, with the World Cup being treated as the immediate priority.
  • Immediately following that, Australia will have five more ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE — and the road to picking the final World Cup 15 is now into its final stretch.
  • Langer will have some key Ashes prospects like Joe Burns, Kurtis Patterson, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Marcus Harris and possibly Travis Head all playing Shield cricket then more first-class games in the UK at the same time the World Cup is running.

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