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Australia retain faith in experienced heads
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:MEK Hussey, B Lee
Event:ICC Champions Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 22nd August 2009

 

The Australian selectors have kept faith in the same players currently in England by naming a familiar-looking squad for this year's Champions Trophy in South Africa.

 

The selection panel resisted the temptation to blood youngsters and has stuck with the bulk of the senior players to defend their title.

 

The 15-man squad features nine players involved in the fifth Ashes test, with six of the players in their 30s and just two under the age of 25.

 

Struggling batsman Mike Hussey and injured fast bowler Brett Lee were both included, but there was no place for opener Phillip Hughes and paceman Stuart Clark.

 

"The one-day team hasn't played in a major tournament since the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and this will be a good chance to see where we are at," Hilditch said, adding that selectors also had one eye on the 2011 ICC World Cup in the subcontinent.

 

Squad : Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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