Cameron Green replaces injured Josh Inglis in Australia's T20 World Cup 2022 squad
Australia have named Cameron Green as Josh Inglis’ replacement in their T20 World Cup 2022 squad with less than two days remaining for their opening fixture. Inglis was ruled out of the competition after having sustained a hand injury playing golf in Sydney on Wednesday, October 19.
Inglis had a cut on his right hand and was assessed in the hospital on Wednesday, and though the recovery time was not expected to be long, he was released from the squad.
Green, meanwhile, has been knocking the selection doors with his belligerent top-order batting and resourceful bowling in recent times. The all-rounder has played just seven T20Is till date, six of which have come in the last one-month period. He notched up two quickfire fifties in the three-match series against India - 61 off 30 in Mohali and 52 off 21 in Hyderabad - while opening the batting alongside skipper Aaron Finch in David Warner’s absence. He has also bagged five wickets with his right-arm medium pace.
Interestingly, Australia overlooked Alex Carey as a like-for-like backup wicketkeeper replacement for Inglis. Green is now among a host of all-rounders in the squad, that also features the seasoned trio of Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, to go with the services of Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson.
"If you look back over World Cup squad selections, there have been plenty of times where Australia have gone in with only one frontline keeper in the squad," coach Andrew McDonald said. "And that is to give greater flexibility to batting and bowling structures in the team. It's a conversation about how we want to give ourselves the most options, rather than potentially covering the small risk that is there."
Australia will be up against trans-Tasman rivals in the first Super 12s clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, October 22.
Australia squad for T20 World Cup 2022
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.