Who is Josh Inglis – The surprise inclusion in Australia T20 World Cup squad

Who is Josh Inglis - The surprise inclusion in Australia T20 World Cup squad
Who is Josh Inglis - The surprise inclusion in Australia T20 World Cup squad

Who is Josh Inglis – The surprise inclusion in Australia T20 World Cup squad – Cricket Australia on Thursday announced their 15-men squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in UAE and Oman starting from October 23. Australia’s marquee players David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith made comeback into the T20 side while T20 specialist Andrew Tye and Riley Meredith missed the bus to UAE. However, the biggest surprise from the squad was Josh Inglis who has not played a single international match for Australia but was still picked by the selectors for the mega event. 

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All about Josh Inglis

Wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Patrick Inglis made his Twenty20 debut for Perth Scorchers in the 2017–18 Big Bash League season in December 2017. He is in blistering form in 2021 as he has scored his first century in a T20 match, with 103 not out for Leicestershire. He scored his second T20 century, against Worcestershire, with an unbeaten 118 from 61 balls.

Josh Inglis pips Alexy Carey and Josh Philippe in race for World Cup

Wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis overtook Alexy Carey and Josh Philippe to be Australia’s first wicketkeeping option. Surprisingly Carey was leading the Australian squad in their tour of West Indies while Josh Philippe was the Player of the Tournament in the latest Big Bash League season. 

Josh Inglis comes on top

Alexy Carey

Josh Philippe

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Josh Inglis in 2021

The Perth Scorchers star was the leading run-scorer in England’s recent domestic T20 competition, cracking 531 runs from 14 games at a strike rate of 175.82 with Leicestershire. He’s since played for the London Spirit in The Hundred and slammed his highest score of the tournament, 72 from 45 balls as an opener, in Cardiff overnight. The Yorkshire-born right-hander has impressed both as an opener and in the middle-order for the Scorchers and his versatility proved vital in earning a national call-up for the first time.

Legends on Josh Inglis

George Bailey

Josh has been on our radar for some time with his white-ball in white ball cricket and more recently in the Vitality Blast where he topped the run charts. He offers the squad flexibility in the batting order with his adaptability, counterattacking ability and power striking. He is a player we are excited about for the future.

Ricky Ponting

He plays spin really well and you think about where the World Cup is going to be, he could be a name that could come up. I know ‘Painey’ (Tim Paine) and ‘Hadds’ (Brad Haddin) have spent a fair bit of time with the keepers and Hadds said he’s very, very good with the gloves.

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Australia’s squad for T20 World Cup

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

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Australia’s matches

October 23 v South Africa in Abu Dhabi (2pm local time, 9pm AEDT)

October 28 v Qualifier A1 in Dubai (6pm local time, 1am Oct 29 AEDT)

October 30 v England in Dubai (6pm local time, 1am Oct 31 AEDT)

November 4 v Qualifier B2 in Dubai (2pm local time, 9pm AEDT)

November 6 v West Indies in Abu Dhabi (2pm local time, 9pm AEDT)

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman

Super 12s

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1, B2

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, B1, A2