Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter

Josh Inglis has received his maiden Australia call-up and that is straight away in the 15-man T20 World Cup squad. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman has been in sublime form across all domestic tournaments he has been part of, especially in short-form cricket, which prompted the selectors to fast-track him in the mega event despite no prior international experience.

Prolific returns in the 2020-21 Sheffield season, 585 runs at 73.12, and in the BBL and in the Blast, 531 runs at 48.27 for Leicestershire at a strike rate of 175.82, Josh Inglis pipped over Alex Carey and Josh Philippe as the backup wicketkeeper-batsman to Matthew Wade. He blasted a couple of big scores in the ongoing Hundred as well.

Josh Inglis
Josh Inglis. Image-Twitter

Former captain Ricky Ponting has been impressed by the 26-year-old and is elated with his selection. He also believes that Australia, who have lost their last 5 T20I series, are capable of winning their maiden T20 World title this year.

“Awesome to see Inglis get his opportunity in the squad, he’s been scoring runs for fun and if Ellis is called on it’s a great story for how far he’s come since moving to Tassie. Overall it’s a brilliant squad of players that I think are capable of winning the World Cup,” Ricky Ponting tweeted.

Josh Inglis offers the squad flexibility in the batting order: George Bailey

Newly-appointed chairman of selectors, George Bailey, underlined that Josh Inglis’ inclusion in the squad is based on the “flexibility” he offers. The right-hander has proved that he is adept in batting in different positions, and has the firepower to take on any bowling attack.

Josh Inglis
Josh Inglis. (Credits: Twitter)

“Josh has been on our radar for some time with his performances 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,” Bailey said.

Australia’s squad for T20 World Cup: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis
Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

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