Australia released Ashton Turner and Billy Stanlake for their respective BBL franchises. Ashton Turner has been called up as the cover for Mitchell Marsh while it was a surprise that Australia left Billy Stanlake for Peter Siddle. However, the respective franchises would be happy to have the services of their top players.
Ashton Turner will turn up for Perth Scorchers while Billy Stanlake will feature for Adelaide Strikers. Actually, Stanlake has to be rested but, with the Strikers game is scheduled in the same city, Cricket Australia released him.
Billy Stanlake will join the team for second ODI:
Ashton Turner will be available for the Scorchers for their Sunday clash with the Sydney Sixers at Optus Stadium, which is a timely boost for the bottom-placed club who welcome back their captain. Meanwhile, Strikers travelling to Sydney to take on the Sydney Thunder.
“Stanlake has been made available for the match against Sydney Thunder on Sunday on the basis it is in his best interest and there is no additional travel required to do this, nor does it compromise his preparation if selected for the 2nd ODI,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.
Turner’s comeback to the franchise is a great boost for the team. They are on the bottom half of the table and their only in-form consistent player has been Ashton Turner. His return would help them immensely.
Adelaide Strikers were fortunate to have a game in Sydney. The 4-over spell of Billy Stanlake would help them immensely, especially, at this phase of the tournament. After the game, Billy Stanlake will join the national team.
Besides Ashton Turner and Billy Stanlake, another major name to be missed out from the playing XI is Adam Zampa. He was expected to be the difference but unfortunately, lost his place to Nathan Lyon despite Maxwell, a part-time off-spinner staying in the side.
Australia XI for first ODI:
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.