Australia vs west indies ODI series 2024 , Steve Smith make strong comeback as captain and travis head as his deputy for australia.

In a strategic move, Australia has decided to make Steve Smith their captain and rest their first-choice pace trio, including Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc, for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies set to take place on home soil next month. This decision comes as the reigning world champions aim to manage the workload of their star bowlers and provide an opportunity for emerging talents to showcase their skills on the international stage.

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steve smith , australia vs west indies , image – getty image .

Steve Smith came back again as captain for australia.

Taking over the captaincy reins in the absence of the rested pace trio is none other than Steve Smith, a seasoned campaigner and former skipper. Smith, known for his batting prowess and leadership qualities, will guide the team through the three-match series against West Indies.

The selectors have also opted to give a breather to allrounder Mitchell Marsh and excluded Marcus Stoinis from the squad that secured victory in India back in November. Travis Head, who earned the player of the match accolade in the World Cup final against India, has been appointed as Smith’s deputy, adding depth and experience to the team’s leadership core.

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One of the most noteworthy inclusions in the 13-man squad is the uncapped fast bowler Lance Morris, who is on the cusp of making his international debut. The selectors seem keen on injecting fresh talent into the squad, and Morris’s inclusion is a testament to the emphasis on nurturing young, promising fast bowlers for the future.

Jhye Richardson, absent from the Australian lineup since June 2022 when he last played against Sri Lanka, has earned a well-deserved recall. With the first-choice pacers unavailable, Richardson provides a valuable and experienced option to bolster the team’s bowling attack.

George Bailey said in Interview about Australia’s Squad:

“It is a little over 12 months until the Champions Trophy and further opportunities for the likes of Aaron Hardie, Matt Short, Jhye Richardson, and Nathan Ellis will be valuable both to our ongoing improvement as a team and also further their personal experiences in ODI cricket,” national selector George Bailey said.

“The squad strikes a balance between players continuing to make their mark on international cricket, playing alongside some of our most experienced players with an eye to the future in this format.”

George Bailey
George Bailey , image – getty image.

The squad also features the likes of Nathan Ellis, a promising fast bowler, allrounder Aaron Hardie, and top-order batter Matthew Short, all of whom have been given the nod to contribute to Australia’s campaign against West Indies. This blend of established players, recalled talents, and uncapped prospects showcases the selectors’ commitment to building a well-rounded and dynamic team.

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As the Australian cricket team navigates through this period of strategic resting for key players, the upcoming ODI series against West Indies provides an exciting platform for the chosen squad members to make their mark and stake their claim in the national side. The inclusion of fresh faces adds an element of anticipation, as fans eagerly await the performance of the new recruits and the team’s overall showing in this home series.

The series gets underway on February 2 at the MCG with the next two ODIs scheduled to be played at the SCG and at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), Travis Head (vc), Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Matt Short, Adam Zampa

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