Melbourne: Glenn Maxwell to return for the T20I series against the West Indies while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins sit out as Australia named a 14-player squad for a three-match series, starts from February 9.
Mitch Marsh will lead the side as Australia’s preparation for the T20 World Cup ramps up.
Pat Cummins and Starc are being managed for this series to prepare for the tour to New Zealand. Steve Smith, after being trialled as an opener in the away series in India, is another notable player taking a rest.
“Cummins, Starc and Smith are likely to return for the T20I Series in New Zealand,” Cricket Australia said.
David Warner, who has retired from Tests and ODIs, will resume his place at the top of the order.
The squad will assemble in Hobart on February 7 ahead of the opening match of the series at Blundstone Arena on February 9.
Australia T20I squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. IANS