Exciting Australian prospects in line for T20I debut against West Indies

Having already won the series, Australia will be looking to experiment with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in mind.

Batter Jake Fraser-McGurk has been drafted into the Australian squad and could be in line to make his T20I debut in the third and final match against West Indies to be played on 13 February.

Fast bowler Wes Agar too joins the squad for the final match, with Josh Hazlewood returning home to Sydney in preparation for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Australia squad for the final T20I: Mitchell Marsh (c), Wes Agar, Xavier Bartlett, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Both Fraser-McGurk and Wes Agar have made their ODI debuts but are yet to be capped in the shortest format. Fraser-McGurk gave a glimpse of his fiery batting prowess in just his second international match, smashing an 18-ball 41 in the third ODI against the Windies.

The right-hand batter has had a year to remember, lighting up the Big Bash League and the ILT20 before being called up to the Australian national team.

"I said to (South Australia coach) Jason Gillespie: 'I want to be a three-format player for Australia later in my career', that's my goal, I'm working towards that," said Fraser-McGurk after his heroics against West Indies.

"I didn't expect it to happen this quick, but 12 months is a long time in cricket and to be rewarded with some selection, it's really pleasing to me and my family."

The 21-year-old has already earned plaudits from the greats of the game, including Ricky Ponting, who has endorsed Fraser-McGurk for the longer formats.

"When you've got that sort of talent you need to be exposed to cricket at the highest level to work it out and I think Jake can do that yet," Ponting said last week.

"The natural talent that he's got reminds me a bit of David Warner's introduction into Australian cricket.

"I'm definitely backing (him) one day to play Test cricket."

Australia has secured an unassailable 2-0 lead against West Indies in a high-scoring T20I series. In each of the two T20Is, both teams surpassed the 200-run mark, though Australia held their nerve to clinch both the games.

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