The series was initially scheduled to be played in 2020, after which it was moved to 2021, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The three ODIs will be part of the ICC World Cup Super League. It’s the first time both teams are facing each other in the format since 2014. Australia enter the series having lost their last two bilateral contests, against Pakistan in March and Sri Lanka in June.
Zimbabwe come on the back of a three-nil home loss to India, although they would take some confidence from the last game, where they stretched the visitors in the exciting finish. Sikandar Raza stood tall, scoring his third century of the month.
Australia v Zimbabwe ODI series, 2022: Team news
Australia announced their squad for the series last month itself. Pat Cummins, their Test captain, has been rested, while Travis Head misses out owing to the birth of his child. Adam Zampa, who missed the series against Sri Lanka, will mark his return.
Craig Ervine (hamstring), Tendai Chatara (collarbone fracture), Wellington Masakadza (shoulder tendon) and Milton Shumba (quadriceps) are unavailable due to injury. With Ervine absent, Regis Chakabva will continue to lead the Zimbabwe side. Blessing Muzarabani, fit again, is part of the 15-member unit.
Australia v Zimbabwe 2022 ODI Squad: Full team list for AUS v ZIM
Australia ODI squad
Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Zimbabwe ODI squad
Regis Chakabva (C), Ryan Burl, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams.