Stoinis dropped for son of a gun

Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ career is at a crossroads just a few months after he was supposed to be the wildcard in Australia’s one-day World Cup campaign.

Stoinis on Tuesday paid a high price for his struggles in England, dropped completely from Australia’s Twenty20 squad to play in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Aaron Finch retained the captaincy of the 14-man squad with Alex Carey and Pat Cummins to serve as vice captains.

Steve Smith and David Warner have also been named.

Darcy Short, Chris Lynn and Stoinis were the notable omissions from the squad while Nathan Lyon was also overlooked for limited overs specialists Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar.

However, it is Stoinis’ fall from grace that has caused the biggest surprise after he last summer finished as runner-up in the Big Bash League’s player of the year award.

Marcus Stoinis dropped from Australia's T20 squad 12 months out from a World Cup. Career at crossroads.

His omission sees Ben McDermott, the son of legendary Aussie quick Craig McDermott, squeeze into the squad.

Aaron Finch will captain the side and likely open alongside Warner, with Smith at first drop, while those outside the squad have been encouraged to push their case in the Big Bash League before the World Cup begins on home soil next October.

“It is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind,” National Selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

Australia’s Marcus Stoinis got used to walking back to the dressing room at the World Cup.Source:AFP

“We have looked to put a squad together that we think can take us through to that tournament.

“The squad we have selected is quite role specific and we believe it gives us the flexibility to thrive in all match conditions.

“In terms of batsmen, we have selected top and middle-order specialists. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Carey provide us excellent options through the middle-order after Finch, Warner and Smith,” said Hohns.

“In terms of spinners, we feel like the all-round package Ashton Agar possesses is irresistible at the moment and Adam Zampa has proven to be a very good T20 bowler in all conditions.

“We’re also confident in the potency and flexibility of our fast bowling group. Mitchell Starc gives us a left-arm option and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading quicks at the top of the innings and at the death.

“Pat Cummins is a world-class right-arm option and has been in superb form of late. Andrew Tye is a wicket-taking proposition, Billy Stanlake has the X-factor and Kane Richardson has been an excellent short-form player for some time now.”

It comes after World Cup pace bowler Jason Behrendorff confirmed he will undergo spinal surgery and will miss the entire 2019-20 home season.

Ben McDermott is the new kid on the block.Source:AAP

Behrendorff impressed during the latter stages of the World Cup campaign in England but returned with increased lower back pain related to a recurrent lumbar stress fracture that has troubled him since 2015.

It has not responded to rest or treatment in the three months since. After consultation with specialists and Western Australian Cricket Association and Cricket Australia medical staff, Behrendorff will head to New Zealand to undergo surgery next week with spinal surgeon Rowan Schouten.

AUSTRALIANS T20 SQUAD: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

— with AAP

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