In a recent twist, the Australian cricket board has decided to omit Marnus Labuschagne from their ODI World Cup roster. Simultaneously, Mitchell Marsh has been elevated to a temporary T20 leadership role, succeeding the retired Aaron Finch.

For the upcoming dual series in South Africa, the board has announced an initial team of 18 for the World Cup, which will later be fine-tuned to 15, along with a distinct T20 team. Labuschagne’s non-selection caught many by surprise.

Emerging WA all-rounder Aaron Hardie has been recognized for his outstanding domestic season, securing a place in both teams. Fresh faces include NSW’s leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha for the ODI team and the T20 side welcomes batsman Matt Short and left-arm fast bowler Spencer Johnson.

Due to a wrist concern, Test skipper Pat Cummins will be sidelined for the starting T20 games in South Africa. In contrast, Mitchell Starc is fit and ready, having recuperated from his Ashes’ shoulder setback. As revealed by the selection committee chair, George Bailey, Cummins, who also captains the ODI side, is nursing a left radial fracture and needs a six-week healing period.

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Bailey is hopeful about Cummins’ enforced break, viewing it as an advantage in the lead-up to the World Cup. He anticipates Cummins’ return during the South African ODI series and believes he will get ample game time before the main event.

The decision on who will spearhead the ODI side in South Africa remains in the air, with Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood being strong contenders, based on their previous stand-in roles. Bailey also expressed the potential benefits of consistent leadership across both the T20 and ODI teams for streamlined team dynamics.

Bailey commented on the team’s prowess, saying, “This group has consistently showcased their talent and depth in the limited-overs format over recent years, a key asset for World Cup campaigns.”

While Marsh’s T20 leadership role isn’t set in stone, either he might persist or Cummins could reclaim it post-recovery. Bailey highlighted Marsh’s extensive experience, viewing this as a chance for him to hone his international leadership capabilities.

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Ahead of their World Cup opening clash on October 8, Australia will square off against India in a preparatory three-match ODI series. Post World Cup, the team will stay back in India for a T20 series, with speculations of David Warner and Matthew Wade joining in.

The preliminary ODI World Cup Australian team features the likes of Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, and several others. The T20 team lists Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, and more.

The upcoming tour lists T20 fixtures against South Africa on August 31, September 2, and 3. The ODIs are scheduled for September 7, 9, 12, 15, and 17, followed by encounters with India on September 22, 24, and 27.