Australia, the T-20 defending champions, revealed their finalized T20 World Cup lineup on Thursday, September 1. The World Cup champions have made just one change to their victorious Squad, opting to replace leg spinner Mitchell Swepson with power hitter Tim David.
David, a native of Singapore, has been making headlines as one of the best finishers in international cricket for the past two years. His reputation for playing shots all over the field without hacking the ball out of the park has made him a highly sought-after commodity in cricket.
David was purchased by the highly rated Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League for an enormous sum of Rs 8.25 crore!
“Tim (David) continues to establish himself with some quality performances in leagues around the world, earning a place in the Squad. He is a highly gifted, natural ball striker who will add extra batting depth to the group which has had a lot of success in T20 cricket,” said Australia’s chief selector George Bailey.
“Mitchell Swepson was unlucky to miss out based on conditions in the UAE at the last World Cup where we planned for tired, spinning wickets compared to what we would expect are good batting conditions along with the larger grounds in Australia,” Bailey was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Although he made his debut for Singapore, David has been a topic of discussion for the Australian cricket team. Several retired cricketers, led by Australia’s all-time greats Ricky Ponting, have recently emphasized David’s inclusion.
The Australian T20 World Cup Team:
Aaron Finch (Captain), Pat Cummins (Vice Captain), Ashton Agar, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa