Australia was missing players before the T20 World Cup, the selectors came down to play the match

Orhan Wadia
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port of Spain. Before the ICC T20 World Cup, all the teams are finalizing their preparations by playing practice matches. In this series, the Australian team came to play against Namibia. Something happened in this match which was very surprising. Due to lack of players, Australia had to field four members of the support staff including the chief selector and head coach in the T20 World Cup practice match against Namibia, but despite this the team registered an easy victory.

Australia won by seven wickets with the help of David Warner's unbeaten innings of 54 runs in 21 balls and effective bowling by fit Josh Hazlewood (2 wickets for 5 runs) and leg-spinner Adam Zampa (3 wickets for 25 runs). The team achieved Namibia's target of 119 runs with 10 overs to spare. After participating in the two-month long IPL, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have been given a break in their country. In such a situation, chief selector and former captain George Bailey and head coach Andrew McDonald had to come to the field for fielding.

Apart from Bailey and McDonald, 46-year-old fielding coach Andre Borovch also had to come out for fielding. Australia captain Mitchell Marsh won the toss and decided to bowl first. When Marsh and Hazelwood returned to the dressing room, McDonald and 49-year-old batting coach Brad Hodge had to come out for fielding. Hazelwood, who played his first match in three months, looked in good rhythm.

“Obviously we didn't have the full squad but probably some of the players who played needed to play a game after a big break,” Hazlewood told after the match on Tuesday. Australia's Test and ODI captains Cummins, Head and Starc were part of the IPL final in Chennai on Sunday.

first published : May 29, 2024, 05:02 PM IST

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