Dan Christian set to return as Australia begin World Cup run-in


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Australia are back in action. While most other major nations have been playing over the last few months, this will be the men’s side first time in the field since early March in New Zealand. It marks what is meant to be a month of cricket although the Bangladesh leg of the tour has yet to have its biosecure plans signed off.

As with all the teams involved, sights are being focused on the T20 World Cup in October although Australia are preparing with one hand tied behind their backs. The absentees have been well-documented with David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson and Daniel Sams making themselves unavailable and Steven Smith is injured.

Aaron Finch has admitted that their final squad for the tournament could be significantly different to what was appearing likely 18 months ago. There have been some warnings, too, that there may not be a direct route back into the side for the missing players if others take their chances.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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