Australia's twin ambitions of T20 World Cup and Ashes create selection juggling act

Australia's twin ambitions of T20 World Cup and Ashes create selection juggling act

If the team goes deep into the T20 World Cup they would not complete quarantine before the Afghanistan Test

Five of Australia's likely starting line-up for the Ashes face entering the series without any red-ball preparation if the team has a successful run at the T20 World Cup.

, , , and were confirmed in the T20 squad on Thursday and if Australia reach the final on November 14 their quarantine period on returning home would overlap significantly with the Test against Afghanistan in Hobart.

If the team exits at the semi-final stage it would still be very tight to complete 14 days quarantine and play in the Test without government exemptions which may be difficult to gain if the current Covid-19 outbreaks continue, although it is hoped the increase in the vaccine rollout will help.

Only being knocked out in the Super 12 stage, which for Australia ends on November 6, would give a clear window. Even then it is still to be confirmed whether the three teams heading to Australia after the tournament - the home side, Afghanistan and England - will depart as soon as they are knocked out or wait to travel as one group.