As Australia announces its ODI squad for the India tour, key players return.

Australia has named an 18-man squad for the ODI series against India, which begins on September 22.

The return of several key players, including skipper Pat Cummins, has given Australia a boost ahead of the three-match ODI series against India.

Many of Australia’s regular players were unavailable for the white-ball tour of South Africa as they recovered from injuries acquired during the difficult Ashes series and thereafter.

Cummins and Steve Smith were both nursing wrist problems, while Mitchell Starc returned from the UK with groin and shoulder pain.

Glenn Maxwell, who was originally scheduled to join the South Africa tour, worsened his ankle while practicing for the T20I series and then returned home to give birth to his child. Maxwell has been pronounced fit for the India tour, which is a huge boost for Australia.

Cameron Green was sidelined for three One-Day Internationals against South Africa after receiving a concussion in the first game. He returned for the final ODI after an eight-day concussion protocol, and he is expected to play against India as well.

Team Australia:Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Travis Head and Ashton Agar are two conspicuous exclusions. Agar had a slight calf tear prior to the South Africa tour, therefore he missed the T20I leg. He played in the first ODI but was ruled out of the next two games due to soreness. He returned to Australia earlier this week to give birth to his first child.

Head faces a tight timeline to be fit for the World Cup, as he is scheduled to go home to Australia rather than joining the squad in India after breaking his hand in the fourth ODI.

“It is believed that surgery is one of the options being considered for the opening batter.” Even if he does not undergo surgery, the 29-year-old appears to be in a race against time to play in the World Cup, which begins in three weeks,” Cricket Australia said in a statement announcing the selection.

Matt Short and Spencer Johnson are the team’s only uncapped players.

Australia has until September 28 to make changes to its World Cup squad, after which any changes must be approved by the International Cricket Council.