Australia has placed four fast bowlers – Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – while the all-rounder James Faulkner has been dropped from the Champions Trophy squad. Selector Trevor Hodge said that fast bowling attack is very good for Australian cricket. Starc had returned from the middle of the India tour because of the fracture on the right foot, but he is expected to fit before the tournament in England. Aggressive batsman Chris Lynn has also been given a place in the team.
Australia have been placed in Group ‘A’ along with England, Bangladesh and New Zealand while last champion India has been placed in group ‘B’ with South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Sauad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.