Australia’s T20 whitewash in New Zealand creates selection headache for world cup squad.

Australia’s stand-in captain, Matthew Wade, has praised the depth of the T20 team, anticipating a selection dilemma for the upcoming World Cup after a successful whitewash in New Zealand. Despite key players like Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and David Warner being absent, Australia clinched the three-match series with a victory in a rain-affected game at Eden Park.

Versatile all-rounder Matt Short stood out in the absence of regular pacemen, earning the player of the match award for his impactful performance. Backup bowlers Nathan Ellis and Spencer Johnson also impressed in the rain-affected clash, showcasing the team’s depth.

Wade acknowledged the competition for spots in the World Cup squad, emphasizing the challenge faced by chief selector George Bailey. With the T20 World Cup set to begin in June in the Caribbean and the United States, Wade highlighted the tough decisions ahead for the selectors.

“I wouldn’t want to be picking the 15, there’s going to be a couple of unlucky players,” said Wade. He also noted the likelihood of opportunities for players outside the initial 15 due to potential injuries.

The series in New Zealand served as Australia’s final international preparation before the T20 World Cup. However, the form of players in the upcoming Indian Premier League (starting March 22) will also be considered by the selectors.

Steve Smith’s role in the T20 setup remains uncertain, especially after his recent struggles in the series. Wade expressed hope for Smith’s inclusion but acknowledged the competition for spots at the top of the order, with other players like Warner, Travis Head, and captain Mitchell Marsh making strong claims.

The middle order also presents a crowded field with the likes of Tim David, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis competing for spots. Wade expressed excitement about the team’s prospects, emphasizing the challenging but promising times ahead for the T20 squad as they aim for success in the World Cup.