Australia tour of West Indies 2021
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Marnus Labuschagne misses out as Australia name squad for West Indies tour

17 May 2021

Marnus Labuschagne missed out while Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins returned as Cricket Australia named a 23-man preliminary squad for the upcoming tour of the West Indies. Smith, Warner and Cummins were among seven players who had missed the tour of New Zealand in March.

Australia's men's team will play five T20Is in St Lucia and three ODIs in Barbados in July, giving them an opportunity to prepare for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup and a chance to climb the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings.

Labuschagne, however, will remain in Wales with county side Glamorgan because of "the logistical complexities of joining the squad from the UK and associated quarantines", Cricket Australia (CA) said in a news release.

"Anyone who knows Marnus understands he would give absolutely anything to play for Australia and he is deeply upset to miss out due to circumstances beyond anyone's control," chief selector Trevor Hohns said.

"We worked through numerous options in conversations with Marnus to find a workable solution but ultimately came to the conclusion it was more practical for him to remain in the UK.

"Had we not been in the middle of a global pandemic Marnus would be on this tour ... "

All-rounder Daniel Sams, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month before taking up his place in the IPL, asked not to be considered for the West Indies tour "on health and wellbeing grounds", CA said.

Australia's preliminary squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Matches

New Zealand tour of England 2021

2nd Test, Birmingham, 10-13 Jun 2021

Eng Eng
303/10 & 122/10 (. ov)
NZ NZ
388/10 & 41/2 (. ov) (Target 38

New Zealand won by 8 wickets

South Africa tour of West Indies 2021

1st Test, Gros Islet,10-12 Jun 2021

WI WI
97/10 & 162/10 (. ov)
SA SA
322/10 & / (. ov) (Target

South Africa won by an innings and 63 runs

Ireland tour of Netherlands 2021

3rd ODI, Utrecht, Jun 7 2021

Ire Ire
163/10 & / (49.2 ov)
Neth Neth
166/6 & / (45.5 ov) (Target

Netherlands won by 4 wickets

New Zealand tour of England 2021

1st Test, London, 02-06 Jun 2021

NZ NZ
378/10 & 169/6 dec (. ov)
Eng Eng
275/10 & 170/3 (. ov) (Target 273

Match drawn