Australia has selected bolters Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitch Marsh and Adam Voges in its Champions Trophy squad.
Michael Clarke (c)
George Bailey (vc)
The Western Australia trio are amongst a young group led by captain Michael Clarke, as the team looks to win a third straight title in England.
Australia captured the previous two Champions Trophy crowns in India (2006) and South Africa (2009).
Marsh gets another shot at international cricket after overcoming a serious hamstring injury this summer and is expected to be a key allrounder, along with James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson.
After a strong finish to the Australian summer, Voges gets his chance to continue in the green and gold while Coulter-Nile’s impressive Twenty20 and ODI form earned him a call-up.
Australia T20 captain George Bailey will be Clarke’s deputy on tour and will be a vital middle-order batsman after a strong showing in the ODI series against Sri Lanka and West Indies.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said the squad was designed to win.
“The ICC Champions Trophy is another important step in our aim to get back to the number one ranking. As the two-time defending champion, the squad has been selected with the aim of winning the tournament, while also keeping the 2015 ICC World Cup firmly in mind,” he said.
“Mitchell Marsh made his ODI debut in October 2011 and is a talented batting all-rounder. Mitchell’s domestic season was interrupted by injury but there’s no doubt he has the potential to perform strongly at international level.
“Nathan Coulter-Nile is an emerging cricketer as a fast-medium bowler and explosive lower-order batsman. He is also one of the finest fieldsmen in Australian cricket and the energy he brings to his game is impressive. While Nathan has played a T20 International for Australia, we are looking forward to seeing him take his very good domestic limited overs form onto the world stage.
“Adam Voges secured the final batting position with his brilliant 112 not out against West Indies in the fifth ODI at the MCG in February. Adam and James Faulkner both made the most of their opportunities late in the summer and have been rewarded accordingly.
“As discussed last week at the Ashes squad announcement, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris haven’t been selected but will play for Australia A to prepare them for the Ashes.
“Some who were close to selection included Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques. However Steve and Moises will play for Australia A while the ICC Champions Trophy is being played.”
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