Big-hitting batter Tim David named in Australia squad for T20 World Cup

Hosts Australia have named Tim David in their T20 World Cup squad as the Singapore-born batter was rewarded for his breakout displays in various global franchise events.

David, who grew up in Western Australia, replaces leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in the only change to the 15-strong group that won last year's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

While he is yet to make his first-class debut, David has cultivated a reputation for his big-hitting at the back end of an innings and earned a £900,000 Indian Premier League deal earlier this year.

He dispatched 16 of his 86 balls with the Mumbai Indians for six while his strike-rates are in excess of 150 in all of the most recent Big Bash, Pakistan Super League and Vitality Blast tournaments.

"We expect him to play a similar role to that he has been playing in the past few years," said Australia chair of selectors George Bailey of David, who played 14 T20s for Singapore in 2019 and 2020.

Australia begin the defence of their crown against New Zealand on October 22 in Sydney. They also face England, Afghanistan and two qualifiers in their Super 12s group.

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