David Warner and three other top players will return to the Australian Twenty20 squad for a two-match series against the West Indies as the host continues to prepare for its defense of the T20 World Cup title.
Warner will be joined by allrounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Mitchell Starc in the 16-man squad after missing the three-match T20 series in India, which Rohit Sharma's men won 2-1.
Warner was rested from that series to manage his preparation for the World Cup in Australia starting next month, while Marsh (ankle), Stoinis (side strain) and Starc (knee) have overcome injuries.
Allrounder Cameron Green, who opened the batting with captain Aaron Finch in India, has been retained in the squad despite not being included in Australia’s lineup for the World Cup, which is being played from October 16 to November 13.
Cricket Australia said in a statement on Wednesday that pace bowler Kane Richardson and spin-bowling all-rounder Ashton Agar won’t take part in the West Indies series on the Gold Coast on October 5 and at the Gabba in Brisbane two days later to ensure they are in peak shape for the World Cup.
Australia plays its first World Cup match against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 22.
“We have and are taking a cautious approach with the World Cup on the near horizon,” national selection panel chair George Bailey said. “To have four key players return gives us the ability to take a conservative path with any minor issues and resolve those well in time for the World Cup."
Bailey said he expects Agar and Richardson to return for the following series against England. That three-match T20 series will be held in Perth and Canberra from October 9-14.