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The players who missed the cut for the WT20
We take a look at the players who just missed out on the squad for the World T20 in India
9 February 2016, 10:52 AM AEST
With Australia using 19 different players during the KFC T20 INTL series against India last month and just 15 spots available in the squad for the World T20, the squeeze was always going to be on when the selection panel met to discuss their options.
As it is, a total of 10 members of the 19 that played against India have missed the cut, with six additional players coming into the squad for the tournament in India, starting next month.
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We take a closer look at the players who missed out.
One of the biggest talking points of the squad was the absence of Matthew Wade - Australia's first-choice limited-overs wicketkeeper over the past 12 months - who has been replaced by Test 'keeper Peter Nevill.
Wade was Australia’s gloveman at the 2012 WT20 in Sri Lanka, but only batted twice in six matches as Australia were bundled out in the semi-finals against eventual winners West Indies.
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Australia have experimented with the T20 'keeping spot in the past few years; Brad Haddin was preferred for the 2014 WT20 in Bangladesh and Ben Dunk was tried during a three-match T20I series against South Africa in November 2014.
More recently, part-timer Cameron Bancroft made his international debut against India in Sydney, a decision that was criticised at the time by the now-retired Haddin.
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In the end, the selectors have opted for Nevill, who is not regarded as an explosive wicketkeeper-batsman but rated the best gloveman in the country.
With spin sure to play big role in India, the selectors have gone with a relatively inexperienced spin attack of Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar and allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who have been picked ahead of Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon and leggie Cameron Boyce.
Boyce has an excellent T20 record for Australia having taken eight wickets at 19 with an economy rate of 6.60 in seven matches, and he's also been the leading wicket-taker for the Hobart Hurricanes in the past two seasons of the KFC Big Bash League.
Watch: Boyce takes two wickets in T20 against India
Lyon, who has repeatedly stated his desire to be Australia’s spinner in all three formats of the game, got a chance in the latter part of Australia's matches against India this summer.
Having been starved of opportunity in the shorter formats for most of his career, he returned combined figures of 1-134 from 18 overs in the two ODIs he played and bowled just a single over in the T20 series, which went for 15 runs.
Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Chris Lynn are three notable exclusions from a batting point of view, having all played a role in the series against India.
Marsh has been unable to compile an outstanding record from 15 T20 internationals; he’s never struck a half-century in the shortest format and has a strike-rate of 102.82, a record that includes scores of 23 and 9 in the series against India.
Lynn was the standout batsman in BBL|05, striking a competition-leading 27 sixes for the Brisbane Heat on the way to being named Player of the Tournament. South Australia young-gun Head also had a superb BBL campaign with the Adelaide Strikers, hitting 299 runs at 43, including an unforgettable match-winning 101 not out against the Sydney Sixers.
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But both Lynn and Head failed to replicate their excellent BBL form against India; Head played two matches, scoring 26 off 19 in the final game, while Lynn played all three matches and averaged 11 at a strike-rate of 110.
With speedsters Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins to miss the WT20 through injury, a couple of bowling spots were up for grabs.
But with Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile returning, there was no room in the squad for Shaun Tait, Scott Boland and Kane Richardson.
All three were picked for the India series off the back of strong BBL campaigns but the trio didn’t take a single wicket between then in the three matches last month.
Boland had the lowest economy-rate of the trio at 9.14 for the series while both Richardson - who was recently sent home from the Qantas Tour of New Zealand due to injury - and Tait went at more than 10 runs per over.