Australia's Cricket World Cup flops Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis out of Ashes calculations

Both players excluded from a 25-player squad for an intra-Australia clashfrom July 23-26 in Southampton

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final - Australia Nets - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 9, 2019   Australia's Marcus Stoinis during nets   Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
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All-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have been excluded from a 25-player squad for an intra-Australia clash that will go a long way to deciding the makeup of Tim Paine's Ashes side.

Both Maxwell and Stoinis endured disappointing campaigns at the Cricket World Cup during Australia's run to the semi-finals in England, with Maxwell wearing plenty of criticism for his repeated failures with the bat.

The extended squad has seven players from the World Cup campaign, 15 from the Australia "A" squad touring England and three players - pace bowler Peter Siddle, and batsmen Cameron Bancroft and Marnus Labuschagne - who have been playing in the English county circuit.

Players from the squad will be picked in an Australia versus Australia "A" clash from July 23-26 in Southampton, with Ashes spots on the line ahead of the first Test against England on August 1 at Edgbaston.

Selectors will finalise their 16-man Ashes squad once this match concludes, with selection chairman Trevor Hohns admitting "12 or 13" players were already all but locked in.

Allrounder Mitch Marsh was given the vote of confidence ahead of Stoinis, having twice been drafted into the World Cup squad as cover when Stoinis was injured.

The selectors believe Marsh remains an important piece of the Test plans but his inconsistency - and injury - have been an issue in him securing his spot.

World Cup captain Aaron Finch, despite two centuries through the tournament, will not be given a chance to revive his Test career.

Former captain Steve Smith and openers David Warner and Bancroft have all been included, the first time the three have been selected in an Australia squad since serving lengthy bans for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March 2018.

"Cameron [Bancroft] was making a fair amount of headway when he played Test cricket last for Australia and that was in South Africa," said national selector Trevor Hohns.

"He's playing with Durham in the County Championship ... He's scoring runs on a pretty regular basis."

Alex Carey is one of three wicketkeepers picked alongside Test captain Paine and Tasmania's Matt Wade following a solid World Cup behind the stumps.

Carey scored 375 runs at 62.50 and racked up 20 dismissals.

"He's proving himself to be a very smart cricketer," said Hohns.

"Batting-wise he was very, very good ... We've been very impressed with his glovework for some time now, so he's progressing nicely."

Usman Khawaja's participation in the trial match is uncertain as he races to recover from a hamstring strain sustained during the World Cup loss to South Africa.

Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are a lock for Ashes selection while James Pattinson appears all but certain after his strong form with Australia "A", including seven wickets in their opening four-day tour match.

That leaves one fast-bowling berth open, with fellow quicks Jackson Bird, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle and Chris Tremain in contention.

Australia have not won an Ashes series in England since 2001, losing in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015.


Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Tim Paine, Kurtis Patterson, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, David Warner