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Australia start T20 World Cup prep in bizarre fashion, chief selector, fielding coach make up playing XI vs Namibia

Australia start T20 World Cup prep in bizarre fashion, chief selector, fielding coach make up playing XI vs Namibia

Selection chief George Bailey and fielding coach Andre Borovec had to step in to make up Australia's XI because the Aussies had only 9 members available from the 15-man squad.

Generally, warm-up matches are held before big tournaments so that teams can check their combinations and ensure they know what clicks before the tournament begins. However, Australia found themselves in a unique spot on Wednesday when they took on Namibia in their first warm-up match before the T20 World Cup. Selection chief George Bailey and fielding coach Andre Borovec had to step in to make up Australia’s XI because the Aussies had only 9 members available from the 15-man squad.

Why only 9 available members?

After giving them more time at home after the Indian Premier League, the Australians are still without six members of their squad: Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green.

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Bailey, Borovec make up numbers

Although Bailey and Borovec are no stranger to cricket. Bailey, 41, is a former Australian international and has played 5 tests and 90 ODIs during his playing career. The 46-year-old Borovec was once the Victorian Premier Cricket team’s wicketkeeper for Geelong.

Australia XI: Mitch Marsh (c), David Warner, Josh Inglis (wk), Tim David, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andre Borovec (sub fielder), George Bailey (sub fielder)

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