Australia Name Champions Trophy 2013 Squad
Australia have named their 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 where they will be defending the titles they won in both 2006 and 2009.
George Bailey has been named as the vice-captain to Michael Clarke after Shane Watson stood down as vice-captain last month.
Australia, who beat New Zealand win the previous event in South Africa, take on hosts England on 8th June, New Zealand four days later and then Sri Lanka on 17th June to conclude their group matches.
"The NSP has selected a well-balanced squad of 15 players under the leadership of Michael Clarke which it believes can continue Australia’s outstanding record at the ICC Champions Trophy," National Selection Panel (NSP) Chairman John Inverarity said.
"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, starting against England at Edgbaston on 8 June, while also keeping the 2015 ICC World Cup firmly in mind.
"Mitchell Starc and Clint McKay are recovering well from injury and are meeting targets that should ensure their readiness for the tournament. Starc showed his ability with the white ball with two devastating spells in Perth last summer while McKay is Australia’s reigning ODI player of the year. Both players are integral to our plans and along with Mitchell Johnson, form the core of the limited-overs bowling group.
"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.
"Ben Cutting acquitted himself well when he had opportunities last season, but he was not considered for selection due to injury concerns.
"Shaun Marsh had a very good BBL season and the NSP looks forward to him displaying his undoubted ability with consistent performances in all three formats in the near future.
Australia Champions Trophy squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey (vice-captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson
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