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Inglis named in Australian T20 squad



Western Australian wicket keeper batsman Josh Inglis has bolted in to Australia's T20 World Cup squad, named in the 15 man group for the the UAE and Oman based tournament.


Inglis is one of four Western Australian players named in the squad, despite being uncappede in the format at international level.


He is joined by state team mates all-rounders Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar in the squad.


Inglis has leapfrogged Carey and Philippe to win a spot as the back-up gloveman to Matthew Wade.


The Perth Scorchers star was the leading run scorer in England's recent domestic T20 competition, cracking 531 runs from 14 games at a strike rate of 175.82 with Leicestershire.


The Yorkshire-born right-hander has impressed both as an opener and in the middle-order for the Scorchers and his versatility proved vital in earning a national call-up for the first time.


"Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances in white ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality Blast where he topped the run charts," selection chair George Bailey said.


"He offers the squad flexibility in the batting order with his adaptability, counterattacking ability and power striking. He is a player we are excited about for the future."

Fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff along with top-order options Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe and Ashton Turner are the most notable omissions after Australia slumped to their fifth consecutive T20I series defeat against Bangladesh earlier this month.


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Australian Squad

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams