Jake Fraser-McGurk has been called up to Australia’s T20I squad for the Perth match – LSB

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Jake Fraser-McGurk could make his T20I debut on Tuesday after he was included in Australia’s squad for the final against the West Indies in Perth.
Fraser McGurk and South Australian speedster Wes Agar will bolster the group with Josh Hazlewood returning home after the second match in Adelaide to prepare for the New Zealand tour.
Xavier Bartlett has already been added to the Perth squad, so it would seem like a good opportunity to make his T20I debut in place of Hazlewood after an impressive start to his ODI career in which he took four consecutive wickets against the West Indies.
Fraser-McGurk also made his ODI debut in that series and caught the eye with his aggressive style, especially in Canberra where he smashed 41 off 18 balls.
Socceroos could look to rest other players in Perth which could open the door for Fraser McGurk. There is a tempting possibility that he and Glenn Maxwell could be in the same XI although Maxwell could be in line to sit out after he revealed the initial plan was for him to be rested in Adelaide before he speaks to selectors and proceeds to compile a 50-ball hundred in front of his parents.

“Originally I wasn’t supposed to play, I was supposed to rest,” Maxwell said. “I kind of talked to them [it by going,] “Yes, I don’t mind playing this game, my family will be here,” so they changed their minds, which was great. “I just thought, ‘Imagine if I had been rested for this game, they made an effort to come here’, but they toured the Barossa yesterday so they were very happy.”

Aaron Hardy, who plays for Western Australia, is also part of the squad but has yet to play in the series and will be popular for the home crowd.
Australia has no shortage of top-order batting options in white-ball cricket, so Fraser-McGurk, who hit a world record 29-ball one-day hundred earlier this season, is not in the mix for this year’s T20 World Cup. But his team’s progress is being closely monitored.

“We feel we have some very good options at the top of the order in the T20 squad,” national selector George Bailey said last week. “Until then, there are a couple of other players who bat in the middle or bat at the top in T20 cricket who can cover as well. The talent is there [with Fraser-McGurk]”He’s definitely someone we’re keeping a close eye on.”

Travis Head and Steven Smith will return to the T20I squad for the tour of New Zealand, while Matt Short is also set to be part of that trip after missing the West Indies matches due to injury, with Head currently preferred to partner David Warner at the top. For the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Agar previously played two ODIs against the West Indies in 2021. He took two wickets in four matches for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL before losing his place in the team. His home state, South Australia, for which Fraser McGurk also plays, is not in contention for the Marsh Cup final with the final round of matches being played the day after the Perth T20I.

There are currently a number of quick nursing injuries with Lance Morris (side), Nathan Ellis (rib) and Sean Abbott (shoulder) although Ellis is set to return for the New Zealand series. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc were rested for the series.

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