For their upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand later this month, Australia has assembled a formidable 15-man squad.
The first T20I takes place in Wellington on Wednesday, February 21 before the action shifts to Auckland for the next couple of games.
It's interesting that Mitchell Marsh has been named captain despite Pat Cummins being a member of the team. This could indicate that Cummins' time as Australia's captain in all competitions is coming to an end. The renowned all-rounder might have chosen not to play all three games in order to manage his fatigue, in which case Marsh might have been selected to lead the team.
The side, which includes veteran Australian cricketers, has been selected in an effort to give the Men in Yellow some practice before the June T20 World Cup. The Australians would like to go the distance in the T20 World Cup and win the championship in all three forms of the game after winning the World Test Championship (WTC) final for the first time and the ODI World Cup for a record-extending sixth time last year.
Australia squad: Mitchell Marsh (C), Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa