ICC Champs Trophy: Australia choose IPL stars Chris Lynn, Moises Henriques
Observer Online Desk
Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting star Chris Lynn and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Moises Henriques have been selected in the Australian cricket team for the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in June this year in the United Kingdom. (IPL FULL COVERAGE)
Several Aussie cricketers, currently busy in the Indian Premier League, have been picked in Australia’s 15-member squad named on Thursday. Steve Smith, who is leading Rising Pune Supergiant, will captain Australia.
Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab skipper) and David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) have all made the cut. All-rounder James Faulkner have not been picked. (Maharaj in South Africa squad)
Speaking on the make-up of the Australian squad, national selector Trevor Hohns said: “We have selected a very exciting well balanced squad that will give us plenty of options with both batting and bowling, depending on the conditions.
“We are in a very fortunate position at the moment with a large number of quality players available for selection, as such this was a very difficult team to choose and there have been some unlucky players on this occasion.”
Returning to the one-day international squad following a lay-off with injury are Victorian fast-bowlers James Pattinson and John Hastings.
“Both James and John have made very good returns from injury and are bowling well for their respective teams in the English County competition as well as both contributing well with the bat.
“When you also add Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to the fast bowling artillery it becomes a very exciting proposition for Australian cricket.”
Both Starc and Queensland batsman Chris Lynn have been named in the squad as they make their return from injury.
“Our medical staff will continue to monitor Mitchell and Chris’ recovery from their respective injuries but we are hopeful they will be fit in time for the team’s departure on May 18.”
New South Wales batting all-rounder Moises Henriques has been re-called to the side having last played for the national one-day squad against Sri Lanka in August last year.
“Moises finished off the domestic season very well and has had a great start in the Indian Premier League. We believe Moises’ batting has improved significantly in the past six months and he will provide us with a strong option should he be selected.”
Tasmanian all-rounder James Faulkner has been omitted from the side.
“James has been a consistent performer for the one-day squad for several years, however with players such as Pattinson, Cummins and Hastings coming back to full fitness and the emergence of Marcus Stoinis, James was squeezed out of the squad and an unlucky omission,” said Hohns.
Those players that are in Australia will depart for England on May 18 with the remaining players in the IPL to join as their teams finish in the tournament.