Hohns makes U-turn

31 January 2018 08:15:44 EST

Australia selector Trevor Hohns looks to have changed his mind about taking an axe to the ODI squad as they build towards next year's World Cup.

Last week Hohns said major changes were needed, after the team's poor run of form in the 50-over format continued against England.

That view put him at odds with coach Darren Lehmann, and now Hohns concedes the side that's just lost the series 4-1 to England won't need to be completely dismantled.

There are 26 ODI matches for Australia between now and the World Cup, and the indications are that they will pick a squad and stick with it.

Selectors have gone through 27 players in the past 12 months but are now seeing stability as important.

"We will be trying at that stage to get a unit together that hopefully can play together and stay together leading into the World Cup," said Hohns.

"Of course form will dictate what happens there, but we'll certainly be looking at what type of player we want to take us through to that World Cup and get them playing together.

"We have the core, we certainly need to do a bit of juggling or re-jigging here and there a little bit with personnel and then we can sit down and work out the best way we can utilise those players and play how we want to play."

Hohns conceded England, who Australia play in their next series away from home in June, are establishing themselves as major contenders for the World Cup.

But he said: "We don't necessarily have to copy how other teams are playing. England are playing very well, they're a red-hot side as we know, so we'll have a look at how they're playing but try to develop our own style."

Australia, who won the World Cup on home soil in 2015, have only won two of their 13 completed ODIs in the past year.

Australia are 1/2 to win Saturday's T20 International against New Zealand, who are 13/8.

Australia are 5/1 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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