Australians confirm removal of shock from T20 World Cup opener as Oman win toss and bowl first



Australian superstar Pat Cummins was surprisingly left out of the team’s opening T20 World Cup match against Oman.

Test and ODI captain and one of world cricket’s leading fast bowlers, Australian captain Mitchell Marsh, confirmed Cummins’ surprise toss, with T20 specialist Nathan Ellis chosen in his place along with Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa. .

“We have a very experienced group who have played a lot of cricket together,” Marsh said.

“Like most teams in the world, we have had players from all over, but we are very excited.”

Cummins ranked ninth in IPL 2024 with 18 wickets at 31.44 and an economy of 9.27, leading Sunrisers Hyderabad to the final of the tournament, where they lost to Starc’s Kolkata Knight Riders.

However, he has not played a T20 international since the last World Cup at the end of 2022, where he took just three wickets in four matches as Australia crashed out of the competition in the group stage.

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Cummins’ omission was the only surprise in Australia’s selected XI, with Matthew Wade donning the gloves ahead of ODI World Cup hero Josh Inglis, while Marcus Stoinis held off Cameron Green and Ashton Agar for the all-rounder’s place .

Oman won the draw and will play first at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Australian XI vs Oman

Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (c), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

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