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Warner holds out IPL hot shot Fraser-McGurk in Australia's T20 World Cup squad

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Warner holds out IPL hot shot Fraser-McGurk in Australia's T20 World Cup squad
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Warner holds out IPL hot shot Fraser-McGurk in Australia's T20 World Cup squad

2024-05-21 14:06 Last Updated At:14:20

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Hyped as the next David Warner by astute judges of his phenomenal batting talent, Jake Fraser-McGurk will have to settle for being next in line if Australia needs backup at the Twenty20 World Cup.

His extraordinary Indian Premier League form wasn't enough to supplant anyone in the preliminary 15-man Australian squad that was announced May 1, but did earn him a spot as a traveling reserve for the tournament next month.

Australia coach Andrew McDonald confirmed the squad on Tuesday — with Warner, Travis Head and skipper Mitch Marsh remaining first choice top-order batters — and added Fraser-McGurk and Matthew Short as injury cover.

“There’s no doubt what he did in the IPL, he lit it up,” McDonald told Australia’s SEN radio. “He’s an extraordinary talent (and) there’s no doubt that he did turn our heads."

The 22-year-old Fraser-McGurk soared into Australia’s selection calculations with 330 runs at an almost surreal strike-rate of 234 for the Delhi Capitals. His four half-centuries included two off 15 balls as he shredded bowling attacks.

He got his IPL break because of an injury to Warner, thanks to some input from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, but he couldn’t unseat the 37-year-old veteran for the global T20 World Cup starting June 1 in the U.S. and Caribbean.

And while McDonald conceded Fraser-McGurk was a “huge discussion” for the World Cup when he was running hot, he said the young batter didn't quite fit into the mix selectors had been working on since Australia lost the title in 2022.

Warner has been bothered by hand injury that disrupted his IPL season, but McDonald said Australian selectors have “no fears that he won’t be fit and fully available.”

It's likely to be the last World Cup for Warner, who burst onto the international scene in 2009 as a hard-hitting, rapid scorer and became one of the most enduring batters in test and limited-overs cricket.

Marsh, who is recovering from an injured hamstring, was confirmed as T20 captain last month after sharing the duties on an interim basis since the retirement last year of Aaron Finch.

Allrounder Marsh will likely bat at No. 3 and Glenn Maxwell at No. 4 in the lineup, with Tim David likely to fill the finisher role further down the order.

Matt Wade and Josh Inglis were picked as wicketkeepers and Ashton Agar returns to the squad as a second spinning option to Adam Zampa.

The regular pace bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will have support from Nathan Ellis as well as allrounders Cameron Green, Marsh and Marcus Stoinis.

Australia, the 2021 T20 World Cup champions, will open against Oman at Barbados on June 5.

The Australians are the defending champions in the ICC’s World Test Championship and in the 50-over World Cup.

Australia squad: Mitch Marsh (captain), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matt Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Reserves: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Matthew Short.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad's captain Pat Cummins gestures towards the crowd after their team won the match against Punjab Kings in Indian Premier League cricket tournament in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, May19, 2024. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Sunrisers Hyderabad's captain Pat Cummins gestures towards the crowd after their team won the match against Punjab Kings in Indian Premier League cricket tournament in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, May19, 2024. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Delhi Capitals' Jake Fraser-McGurk reacts after getting hurt on a delivery by Rajasthan Royals' Trent Boult during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Delhi Capitals' Jake Fraser-McGurk reacts after getting hurt on a delivery by Rajasthan Royals' Trent Boult during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Delhi Capitals' Jake Fraser-McGurk plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Delhi Capitals in Bengaluru, India, Sunday, May 12 , 2024. (AP Photo/Kashif Masood)

Delhi Capitals' Jake Fraser-McGurk plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Delhi Capitals in Bengaluru, India, Sunday, May 12 , 2024. (AP Photo/Kashif Masood)

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Alcaraz's Wimbledon defense takes a hit when he loses in Queen's second round

2024-06-20 22:57 Last Updated At:23:00

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz's buildup took a hit when he lost in the second round of Queen's Club on Thursday.

Alcaraz, the defending Queen's champion and top seed, lost to Jack Draper 7-6 (3), 6-3.

For Draper, the British No. 1, it was the biggest win of his career. He was impressively composed in front of his home crowd.

Queen's was Alcaraz's only grass-court preparation last year en route to winning Wimbledon for the first time.

But this time the Spaniard will have only two grass matches under his belt following his French Open victory. Wimbledon starts in 11 days.

Draper ended Alcaraz's eight-match win streak while extending his own to seven after winning his first ATP title last week in Stuttgart.

Draper didn't drop serve against Alcaraz. They were finally separated in the first set in the tiebreak, where Draper shot to 4-0 then 6-1. Alcaraz netted a return to concede the set.

Alcaraz suffered the only break in the sixth game of the second set, after Draper's backhand return serve down the line.

Draper saved a break point to hold for 5-2, then Alcaraz saved three match points to hold. Draper served out and threw his arms in the air.

“I knew I had to come out here and play really well, and luckily I did that,” he said on court.

He faces fifth-seeded Tommy Paul in the quarterfinals.

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Jack Draper of Britain celebrates winning match point against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain during their men's singles match on day six of The Queen's Club tennis tournament, in London, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Jack Draper of Britain celebrates winning match point against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain during their men's singles match on day six of The Queen's Club tennis tournament, in London, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after losing a point against Jack Draper of Britain during their men's singles match on day six of The Queen's Club tennis tournament, in London, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after losing a point against Jack Draper of Britain during their men's singles match on day six of The Queen's Club tennis tournament, in London, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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