Jason Behrendorff set to realise his World Cup dream

Jason Behrendorff is within reach of World Cup glory as his decision to momentarily shelve his pursuit of a baggy green gets another boost.

The Canberra export has been included alongside Nathan Lyon in Australia's 15-man squad chosen to defend the one-day World Cup in England from late May.

Jason Behrendorff has been picked in Australia's squad for the World Cup.

Jason Behrendorff has been picked in Australia's squad for the World Cup.

Behrendorff has forced his way into the frame after key fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was left out of the squad following a frustrating run with injury.

Hazlewood has long been one of the nation's premier bowlers but selectors look content to run with a first-choice pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson.

The latter duo will have to prove their fitness but it is likely they will be fit to play Australia's tournament opener against Afghanistan on June 1.

Australian captain Aaron Finch has a handy replacement on hand in Behrendorff, who has proven to be a genuine international-level quick in his limited opportunities.

The 28-year-old Tuggeranong Valley product has claimed seven scalps in six one-day internationals to go with another seven wickets from as many Twenty20 games for Australia.

Jason Behrendorff will look to force his way into Australia's best XI at the World Cup.

Jason Behrendorff will look to force his way into Australia's best XI at the World Cup.

Recurring stress fractures have threatened to derail his career in recent years but Behrendorff has battled back to win the respect of Australian selectors.

All the while he has maintained a future Test debut is not out of the equation.

The chance to bowl in tandem with the likes of Starc and Cummins at the World Cup looms as a huge opportunity to throw up his hand for further Australian honours down the track.

"It's not foreign to have two left-armers in the team," Behrendorff said this month as he plies his trade with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Jason Behrendorff has impressed in his short stint at the top. Photo: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts.

Jason Behrendorff has impressed in his short stint at the top. Photo: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts.

"Australia haven't done that a lot in the past, but I don't see why we can't do that.

"Mitch [Starc] bowls exceptionally well at the death but can also bowl through the middle and up front so it might be a case of if we're both picked in the same team having slightly different roles. I'll probably look to bowl up front and [Starc] might bowl more through the middle and at the end."

Pace looks the more likely go-to weapon in Australia's arsenal for the World Cup however coach Justin Langer has previously delcared playing two spinners is a possibility.

Lyon looks set to jostle with Adam Zampa for the frontline spinner role in Australia's title defence.

Alex Carey has been selected as Australia's lone wicketkeeper for the entire tournament while Steve Smith and David Warner will make their returns.