Australia name Pattinson, Henriques in Champions Trophy squad
Moises Henriques was chosen ahead of batsmen including Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, George Bailey and Cameron White - plus the allrounder James Faulkner - in an Australian Champions Trophy squad that also features recalls for James Pattinson and John Hastings.
The omission of Faulkner from an Australian ICC event squad for the first time since 2011 marks a major change for the selectors, who have also determined that Henriques is worth his place for his batting alongside the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Hastings.
Khawaja and Handscomb were both part of the ODI team over the summer, and the latter's performance with the bat suffered notably when asked to keep wicket in New Zealand in place of the injured Matthew Wade.
Chris Lynn, who injured his shoulder in the IPL this week, and Mitchell Starc have been chosen subject to fitness assessments, meaning Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Pattinson all appear in a pace-laden squad six months out from a home Ashes series.
Trevor Hohns, the chairman of the selection panel, said Australia's medical staff would monitor the fitness of Lynn and Starc - who has been out of action since he flew home halfway through Australia's Test series in India with a stress fracture in his right foot - and hoped both would be fit by the time the team departed on May 18.
Pattinson, who last played an ODI in September 2015, has been in roaring form since his return from a long-term injury, taking 24 wickets at 17.41 for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and carrying that form into the County Championship for Nottinghamshire, taking 13 wickets in two matches at 12.92. His inclusion gives Australia a wealth of genuine pace options, with Hastings' return a nod to early English summer conditions.
"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," Hohns said.
"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."
Henriques has been an irregular member of Australia's ODI squad, playing only eight matches between his debut in 2009 and his last match in August 2016. He has scored 46 runs at 6.57 and taken six wickets with his medium-pace at 40.83.
Faulkner has greater ODI experience - 67 matches, with averages of 34.06 and 30.08 with bat and ball - and was Player of the Match in the final of the 2015 World Cup. Since then, while his left-arm seam has remained an effective weapon, his batting returns have fallen away, with his last 17 innings yielding a high score of 36 and an average of 17.40.
It is also possible that a lack of recent match practice has gone against Faulkner, who has not featured in a competitive game since playing for Tasmania against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield in early March. He is yet to play a match for his IPL team, Gujarat Lions, this season. Henriques, on the other hand, has featured in all but one of Sunrisers Hyderabad's six matches, scoring 138 runs at an average of 46.00 and a strike rate of 127.77, and taking one wicket in 10 overs.
"Moises finished off the domestic season very well and has had a great start in the Indian Premier League," Hohns said. "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.
"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."
Stoinis and Hastings are the two other seam-bowling allrounders in Australia's squad, with Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head providing part-time offspin back-up to Adam Zampa's legspin.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig