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Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja named in preliminary group for England tour
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Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja named in preliminary group for England tour

Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja have returned to the national side after Australia named a preliminary 26-man squad for the limited-overs tour of England in September.

Australia were originally set to play against their arch-rivals this month but the series has been pushed ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tour will comprise three ODIs and three T20Is as the prospects of the series going ahead are looking bright given the resumption of international cricket in England.

The Aussie selectors will settle on a final lineup for the white-ball fixtures before the tour as the initial training group has been given adequate time to prepare for their first competitive cricket action in months.

"The England Cricket Board are a long-standing and valued international cricket partner and we are doing all we can to give the tour the best possible chance of taking place," CA's head of national teams Ben Oliver told the media.

"In the meantime, the identification of a preliminary list will enable us to work with players and states more directly on the preparation for the tour in the hope it can proceed."

The squad boasts the presence of three uncapped players in Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe - all of whom have had impressive runs in the domestic Big Bash League earlier this year.

Veteran cricketers Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile do not feature in the extended list despite being a part of the team during the 2019 World Cup.

Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb was also overlooked while Jhye Richardson has been left out as he is under the process of rehabilitation following his shoulder surgery.

Maxwell returns to the mix after announcing a sudden break from the game owing to mental health issues in October. On the other hand, Khawaja was discarded from the Test set-up due to his string of failures in the Ashes series in England.

Both individuals have earned a recall alongside all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who has not played an ODI since the World Cup semi-final against England.

"This preliminary list covers the contingencies of playing one-day internationals and T20 international in bio-secure hubs with the likely prospect of not being able to bring in replacements should the tour proceed," said head selector Trevor Hohns.

"The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the Big Bash League.

"These emerging players are among those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket."

Australia preliminary squad

Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D'Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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