Australia's Mitchell Starc (C) celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Jason Roy during the one-day international (ODI) cricket match between England and Australia in Brisbane on January 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jason O'Brien / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read JASON O'BRIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia have confirmed David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Starc will return as part of a 16-man squad for the two-game T20I series against the West Indies next week.

Australia have just five games left before the start of the T20 World Cup on home soil, with a three-match series against England to come in the following week.

Both games against the West Indies, to be played in Queensland, could feature different XIs given the size of the squad named, with the returning quartet missing the recent trip to India, where Australia lost a three-game series in the shortest format 2-1.

The only two players missing from the squad to play the West Indies that are in the World Cup squad are Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar, with Cameron Green retaining his spot after playing strongly in India.

The all-rounder missed out on the T20 World Cup squad, but his selections for the series against the West Indies will continue to see rumours swirl that a late change could be on the way for the tournament.

Alongside Green, Sean Abbott and Daniel Sams are the other players who have been named to play the West Indies who won't be in the World Cup squad.

Chief selector George Bailey said that Richardson and Agar would likely return to the three-match series against England.

"We have and are taking a cautious approach with the World Cup on the near horizon," National Selection Panel chair George Bailey said today.

"To have four key players return gives us the ability to take a conservative path with any minor issues and resolve those well in time for the World Cup.

"As such we anticipate Kane and Ashton will return for the following series against England (from October 9-14."

Australian squad to play West Indies

Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa