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16-Jul-2020 03:25:00 GMT
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Uncapped trio in Australia squad for potential England tour

Sydney: Australia named three uncapped players Thursday in a preliminary 26-man squad for a potential limited-overs tour of England, while recalling Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja.

Australia originally scheduled three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals in England this month, but the trip was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

September is seen as the potential alternative after international cricket in England resumed behind closed doors last week, although Cricket Australia (CA) said "several hurdles" have to be overcome before dates can be locked in.

But selectors have decided to name a preliminary group to give them adequate time to prepare, with a final squad to be announced if the tour goes ahead.

Uncapped limited-overs specialists Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe were included, but there was no room for veterans Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who both featured in last year's World Cup.

Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb was also overlooked while paceman Jhye Richardson is still recovering from shoulder surgery.

But superstar Maxwell returns after taking a break in October to deal with mental health issues.

Test discard Khawaja, who has not played for his country since being axed during last year's Ashes series in England, also gets a recall, as does all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

Australia preliminary squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch,Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D'Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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