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Australia Can Include Both Lyon and Zampa in World Cup Squad: Chairman of Selectors

Cricketnext Staff |March 18, 2019, 9:43 AM IST
Australia Can Include Both Lyon and Zampa in World Cup Squad: Chairman of Selectors

Cricket Australia’s chairman of selectors John Hohns has hinted at the prospect of both Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon making the squad for the ICC World Cup to be held later this year.

Zampa and Lyon worked well in tandem during the team’s historic 3-2 ODI series win in India, leading to calls to include both of them in the squad instead of just one.

"Nathan we know is a world-class bowler ... very experienced. Zampa is coming along quite nicely, so we're comfortable at the moment. It's a good combination,” Hohns said during the tour of India.

"Most teams around the world seem to be including one at least and probably two spinners in their World Cup squad. We expect them to.”

“We can't bury our heads in the sand and just say we're going with fast bowlers when spinners in world cricket, and in one-day cricket in particular, are being very, very successful."

Hohns expects spin to play an important role even as the tournament progresses.

"The pitches may be a little bit worn in the latter part of the tournament, given they will have some traffic on them. That's an important consideration for us too," he said.

Australia will now take on Pakistan in a five-match ODI series in UAE starting Friday (March 22).

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
6 0 6 0 0 -1.71

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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