Places in Australia’s World Cup squad up for grabs: Justin Langer
Justin Langer has offered a World Cup lifeline to players. © AFP

Justin Langer has not shut the door on those Australian cricketers not part of the latest ODI squad set to tour India for five matches this month, after which five more remain against Pakistan in the UAE, for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The deadline for teams to submit their final squads of 15 for the World Cup is April 23, and with ten ODIs left the Australia coach said he has not locked down a final set of players. (READ MORE: Starc out of India tour with ‘substantial’ muscle tear)

“Whether you are on this tour or not, there is still going to be spots up for grabs,” Langer told reporters in Perth on Thursday. “But the World Cup is going to come up sooner than you know and guys like Steve Smith and Dave Warner are obviously going to bang very hard on the door. So there is going to be some competition there, but that’s good as there is going to be some guys that need to stay on their toes the entire time and keep playing great cricket every time we play.”

The Australian selectors today named a 15-man squad for the India tour, which did not include Peter Siddle, Mitch Marsh and Billy Stanlake. Among those not picked are Chris Lynn and Matthew Wade, two batsmen with strong T20 form to show for. (READ MORE: Australia’s bowling coach quits ahead of World Cup)

Australia, the defending World Cup holders, are ranked sixth in ODIs. They last won an ODI series in January 2017. Since then, their record stands at four wins, 18 losses and two no-results.

In the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy they were eliminated in the first stage; a 1-4 loss in India followed, and in 2018 Australia were beaten by England twice (4-1 and 5-0) and by South Africa 2-1. Last month, India beat them 2-1.