AUSTRALIA has named its 15-man squad for this year’s ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
Medium-fast bowler and powerful lower-order hitter Nathan Coulter-Nile, along with talented West Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, were the only new players added to the national one-day squad.
Tasmanian George Bailey got the nod as vice-captain, edging out ‘keeper Matthew Wade for the role of deputy to captain Michael Clarke.
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Australia has won the previous two Champions Trophy tournaments – in India in 2006 and South Africa in 2009.
The Australians will open their campaign against England at Edgbaston on June 8. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other teams rounding out Group A.
Michael Clarke’s squad has slipped to third on the ICC rankings, but is just three ratings points behind the top-ranked Indians. Bookmakers have installed the Australians as equal favourites alongside South Africa to raise the trophy.
The Champions Trophy has battled for relevance in an increasingly crowded international calendar and is to be phased out of the ICC’s schedule.
AUSTRALIAN SQUAD FOR ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY:
Michael Clarke (c)George Bailey (vc)Nathan Coulter-NileXavier DohertyJames FaulknerPhil HughesMitchell JohnsonClint McKayMitchell Marsh,Glenn MaxwellMitchell StarcAdam VogesMatthew WadeDavid WarnerShane Watson
2013 ICC Champions Trophy schedule:
Group A: Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka
Group B: India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies
Thu 6 Jun: India v South Africa (d), Cardiff
Fri 7 Jun West Indies v Pakistan (d), The Oval
Sat 8 Jun: England v Australia (d), Edgbaston
Sun 9 Jun: Sri Lanka v New Zealand (d), Cardiff
Mon 10 Jun: Pakistan v South Africa (d), Edgbaston
Tue 11 Jun: India v West Indies (d), The Oval
Wed 12 Jun: Australia v New Zealand (d), Edgbaston
Thu 13 Jun: England v Sri Lanka (d/n), The Oval
Fri 14 Jun: West Indies v South Africa (d), Cardiff
Sat 15 Jun: India v Pakistan (d), Edgbaston
Sun 16 Jun: England v New Zealand (d), Cardiff
Mon 17 Jun: Sri Lanka v Australia (d/n), The Oval
Wed 19 Jun: Semi-final A1 v B2 (d), The Oval
Thu 20 Jun: Semi-final A2 v B1 (d), Cardiff
Sun 23 Jun: Final (d), Edgbaston
d: day; d/n: day-night