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Ben Simmons confirmed on Tuesday (16/07) he will not play for Australia in the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

The star of the Philadelphia 76ers said he will return to Philadelphia in September in order to get ready for the next season.

“I wanted to let everyone know that after consulting with my representation, I’ve made the difficult decision to forego playing in the World Cup in China this summer.

I will still be heading back to Australia to host my camps as well as train and play with the Boomers in the upcoming Exhibition Games.

I’m really excited about the talent we have on the Boomers squad, especially moving closer to 2020 where I will be honored and humbled to represent my country on the world’s biggest sporting stage at the Olympics in Tokyo,” Simmons stated.

The 22-year-old guard signed a five-year, max extension with the 76ers on Tuesday (16/07).