Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch said that several first-team players have a realistic chance of being overlooked for the T20 World Cup selection after opting out of the upcoming tours of West Indies and Bangladesh.
Several star players, including David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell, have pulled out of the twin tours. Meanwhile, Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow injury.
Aaron Finch feels it will be difficult to ignore cricketers performing well in the upcoming assignments, as conditions will be more or less similar during the T20 World Cup. Australia have named a few fresh faces in their squad, including pacer Wes Agar.
“Playing cricket for Australia and doing well is the ultimate, in my opinion. So for guys to be on this tour, to get the first opportunity to really put their hand up and take a spot is what it’s about,” cricket.com.au quoted Aaron Finch as saying.
“It’s tough to ignore really good international performances. These conditions are going to be really similar to what we face in the T20 World Cup I imagine, especially St Lucia (having been) used quite a lot recently with the South Africa series,” he added.
“And Bangladesh (is) quite similar to India or the UAE, wherever that lands (in terms of T20 World Cup host). So yeah, absolutely, there’s going to be opportunities for guys to put their hand up and take spots,” he stated.