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

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

Fraser-McGurk has made a significant impact, showcasing his ability to strike the ball with great power. In nine games for Delhi Capitals, he has scored four half-centuries, amassing 330 runs at a striking 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

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

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“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.

When the 2021 T20 World Cup champions unveiled their squad for the 20-over showcase earlier this month, the absence of Fraser-McGurk was one of the biggest surprises.

Fraser-McGurk’s stellar IPL campaign nearly earned him a spot in the 15-man squad, which was confirmed by Cricket Australia ahead of the ICC’s May 25 deadline. However, the strong top order of David Warner, Travis Head, and Mitch Marsh saw him miss out.

Cricket Australia stated that the players and staff would arrive in the West Indies in stages, allowing those competing in the Indian Premier League some time at home before joining the group.

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Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Cameron Green, and Glenn Maxwell will join the group in Barbados ahead of Australia’s tournament opener against Oman on June 5.

The Australian squad will fly to the Caribbean on Thursday for a training camp in Trinidad, including 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.

Traveling Reserves: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Matt Short.

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