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Australia announce preliminary squad for Bangladesh, WI tours

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Australia announce preliminary squad for Bangladesh, WI tours

Ben McDermott, Dan Christian, Cameron Green, Ashton Turner, Wes Agar and Nathan Ellis were added to the preliminary list for Australia's limited-overs tours of West Indies and Bangladesh, Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday (June 8). The additions were done following discussions with players in the initial preliminary list, whose experience away from home staying in bio-secure bubbles and following the quarantine protocols, 'have had an impact on the health and wellbeing of some players and their families', according to CA.

"The six additions to the Qantas Australian men's squad follow discussions with players selected in the initial preliminary list for the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh," said Trevor Hohns, the National Selector.

"During the course of those discussions, it has become clear that recent experiences abroad, including but not limited to extended periods in bio-secure hubs and hard quarantine, have had an impact on the health and wellbeing of some players and their families.

"CA has maintained that the wellbeing of players, staff and officials is a top priority, and never moreso than during the Covid-19 pandemic given the extraordinary challenges it has placed upon international athletes and sporting teams," Hohns added.Meanwhile, McDermott and Christian are currently in the UK playing for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire respectively. They will fly back to Australia this week and will remain in a two-week quarantine before the departure of the final squad for the Caribbean towards the end of this month. The final squad is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We are delighted to recall Ben, Dan, Cameron and Ashton and welcome Wes and Nathan onto the preliminary list of players for the scheduled Qantas Australian men's tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh," Hohns said.

McDermott has featured in 12 T20Is for Australia and although he is yet to make a mark in the international circuit, his T20 credentials (1660 runs at an average of 31.32 and a strike rate of 130.70) have impressed the Australian selectors. Christian's experience of having played in 350 T20 matches and his all-round contributions (272 runs and 15 wickets) in Sydney Sixers' title win in the 2020-21 season led to his selection.

"Ben is a proven match-winner and powerful striker of the ball, particularly in the T20 format, and we believe that, at 26, his best cricket is still ahead of him. Dan is in arguably career-best form and was a crucial member of the Sydney Sixers' BBL-winning squad this summer. His selection is testament to the hard work he has put in over many years," said Hohns.

"Cameron made his ODI debut last summer against India and the NSP believes he has tremendous potential in the white- and red-ball formats, while Ashton has performed well across his 17 ODI and T20I matches for Australia dating back to 2017, added Hohns. "Wes and Nathan, meanwhile, were among the leading wicket-takers during the summer's BBL and are viewed by the NSP as players who could make a genuine impact at international level."

Australia will play five T20Is against West Indies from July 9-16, with all five matches to be played in St. Lucia. The three ODIs that follow will be played in Barbados from July 20-24.

KK

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