Australia, with only 9 players, triumphs over Namibia in T20 World Cup warmup match

The Australian Twenty20 World Cup squad had an unusual start to their first warm-up match against Namibia. With nine squad members instead of the required 11, the team’s chief selector and coach took the field alongside the players. Despite this unconventional beginning, Australia managed to secure a win with a score of 123-3 in 10 overs, with opener David Warner leading the way with 54 not out.

The missing players from the World Cup squad were given some time off following their Indian Premier League commitments. Selection chief George Bailey and fielding coach Andre Borovec joined the team on the field in unmarked shirts to make up the numbers during the match. Later, batting coach Brad Hodge and head coach Andrew McDonald joined when captain Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood took some time off.

Australian fast bowler Hazlewood mentioned that despite not having a full squad, it was a good opportunity for some of the players to get much-needed playing time after a long break. The team faced some challenges with players coming off extended breaks, but they were grateful for the experience gained from playing in the warm-up match. In other T20 tournament warm-up matches, two games in England and Dallas, Texas were washed out earlier on Tuesday.

The T20 World Cup is set to begin on Saturday and will be held in the United States and the Caribbean. The Australians will look to build on their warm-up match performance as they prepare to compete in the prestigious tournament.

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