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    Australia's T20 World Cup 2024 squad welcomes Jake Fraser-McGurk as a travelling reserve
Australia's T20 World Cup 2024 squad welcomes Jake Fraser-McGurk as a travelling reserve
Delhi Capitals batter Jake Fraser-McGurk. Source: indianexpress.com

Australia's T20 World Cup 2024 squad welcomes Jake Fraser-McGurk as a travelling reserve

For the T20 World Cup, which begins on June 1, Australia's travelling reserves feature the hard-hitting Jake Fraser McGurk and Matthew Short.

Without a doubt, the batsman to watch in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year was Jake Fraser-McGurk. The 22-year-old McGurk has been on fire for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, scoring 330 runs at a strike rate of 234.04 in nine innings.

For the T20 World Cup, which begins on June 1, Australia's travelling reserves feature the hard-hitting Jake Fraser McGurk and Matthew Short.

Cricket Australia has stated that the team will fly to the West Indies gradually so that some players and staff can have some time at home following the IPL. The dup will join the squad as a possible injury backup.

“Matt and Jake made compelling cases for initial selection with their respective performances for Australia last summer and, in Jake’s case, more recently in the IPL,” chair of selectors George Bailey stated. “As the tournament proceeds, the short turnaround between fixtures makes it challenging to get players in at short notice in the event of injury. Matt provides the squad with an all-round skill set option, while Jake provides further batting cover. Both players have exciting talents that can add to the squad if needed. If not, the experience will still be valuable in their respective development journeys at the international level.”

Later, the team will be joined by Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell, who are all guaranteed to participate in the IPL playoffs.

Following the conclusion of the Australian domestic summer in March, players such as Marsh, Warner, Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Matthew Wade, Nathan Ellis, and Josh Inglis have not played much cricket.

The Australian World Cup team will take a plane to the Caribbean on Thursday to begin a training camp in Trinidad. There, they will play two practice matches on May 28 and 30, respectively, against Namibia and the West Indies.

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. Travelling reserves: Matthew Short, Jake Fraser-McGurk

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