Jake Fraser-McGurk Officially Added To Australia's Travelling Reserves For T20 World Cup

While David Warner and Mitchell Marsh have been cleared after an interrupted IPL 2024 and named in the final team on Tuesday, the requirement for back-up batters was not ignored. Jake Fraser-McGurk and all-rounder Matt Short had been picked as the two travelling reserves for the tournament in the Caribbean.
Jake Fraser-McGurk

Jake Fraser-McGurk walks off the field after losing his wicket.

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Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that batter Jake Fraser-McGurk and allrounder Matthew Short will travel with the main squad to the Caribbean and the USA for the T20 World Cup. With David Warner nursing a hand injury and skipper Mitchell Marsh recovering from a hamstring issue, the board believed it would be a good idea to keep useful backups in hand.
While Warner and Marsh have been cleared after an interrupted IPL 2024 and named in the final team on Tuesday, the requirement for back-up batters was not ignored. Thus, Fraser-McGurk and all-rounder Short had been picked as the two travelling reserves for the tournament in the Caribbean.
There was a lot of hue and cry after Fraser-McGurk wasn't selected in the main squad, especially after the youngster performed in the Big Bash League and took the attack to the bowlers in IPL 2024 as well.
“Matt and Jake made compelling cases for initial selection with their respective performances for Australia last summer and, in Jake’s case, more recently in the IPL," selection chair George Bailey said.
“As the tournament proceeds, the short turnaround between fixtures makes it challenging to get players in at short notice in the event of injury. Matt provides the squad with an all-round skillset option, while Jake provides further batting cover," Bailey added.
Fraser-McGurk finished the IPL with 330 runs from nine matches at a stunning strike rate of 234, but couldn't find a spot in the 15-man team for the T20 World Cup. Short was unlucky as well to miss out on a spot in the final 15 having appeared in nine of Australia’s last 14 T20Is and played in several batting roles.
Upcoming spinner Tanveer Sangha was also in contention for a spot in the reserves but sustained an injury to his hip during a pre-tournament camp last week.
Travis Head, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc will only travel to the Caribbean after their IPL 2024 assignments are finished while the rest of the squad is expected to travel together.
At least one of the aforementioned players will feature in the IPL final in Chennai on May 26. Rajasthan Royals are the only team in the top four which doesn't have an Australian in their ranks.
Australia play Namibia in their first warm-up match on May 29 in Trinidad and begin their campaign against Oman on June 5 in Barbados.
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