Champions Trophy 2017 April 20, 2017

Australia name Pattinson, Henriques in Champions Trophy squad


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Moises Henriques was chosen ahead of batsmen including Usman Khawaja, Pete 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."

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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

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  • Jose...P on April 23, 2017, 8:04 GMT

    I have to re-post (my comment about MoHen, in the IPL match report after yesterday's performance) since there discussions on him, here.


    Jose...P on April 22, 2017, 13:26 GMT


    Vasco da Gama landed in Calicut (India) on 20 May 1498. Kicking of the Portuguese rule in parts of our country, looting our spices for peanuts! An Australian of his 'lineage' has 'shown up' in Pune this evening, looting a few hearts of the SRH supporters. When seniors failed in getting up a decent strike rate, made it even a better sight. Our own Hooda hoodwinked RSP bowlers, & turned out to be MoHen's able ally.

    This is not the FIRST time we have seen MoHen in IPL; but, this may be the BEST innings he has displayed, so far.

    Pretty good! For the short formats!

  • Peter_The_Average on April 23, 2017, 3:07 GMT

    Head will probably bat at four from the looks of this squad, Finch or Lynn to open with Warner. Hastings will get a game before Henriques for his bowling. Warner, Lynn/Finch, Smith, Head, Stounis/Henriques, Maxwell, Wade, Hastings, Starc, Cummings/Hazelwood & Zampa looks the best balance.

  • hycIass on April 22, 2017, 13:26 GMT

    khawaja should be playing across all formats, he is a champion player. Also 'i am also worried about the frailty of a middle order of Head, Stoinis and Maxwell, but I'm not convinced these guys are the answer. For me white is the answer. White was the standout in the Matador Cup and he has the experience, but the selectors seem to have forever crossed him off the list.

  • Paul_Rampley on April 22, 2017, 13:20 GMT

    It makes no sense taking khawaja out of the NZ ODIs when he is our best opening batsman in both one dayers and tests. He averages over a 100 opening in tests and 50 in ODIs. He also plays spin really well in Australian pitches and should have been in the squad. He is also more athlethetic then the like of Finch and Bailey so not sure where this false perception comes from but most poeple dont' want to watch him take great catches in slips and gully but just hold on to old false perceptions. But for me the big question is not why have they risked Starc for an tournament less important then the ashes.They are doing no favours to Lynn by picking him, 50 overs is a long time to avoid diving in the field.Are we under pressure to pick our big names, i hope none of them get injured, what do you guys think

  • cricfan27429407 on April 22, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    FalseOracle just worry about your team, hey! It's become very boring and predictable.comments are just rubbish..

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on April 22, 2017, 8:11 GMT

    On reflection I think the team is short at least one proper middle order batsman like Handscomb or Bailey or two if you add Khawaja as an extra top order player. Said before they seem to have gone for the all or nothing option with the fast bowlers and have done the same with a middle order that could include Head, Lynn and Maxwell. Expect them to make either 450 or 108 all out and the bowlers to either go full Mick Lewis or bowl someone out for 85..

  • SamRoy on April 22, 2017, 5:12 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob Sorry, I didn't reply earlier. I know that this Australian Team is the most dangerous team among all the teams playing in Champions Trophy on a flat pitch (without seam/swing or spin). They can easily score 500 vs any of the top 5 ODI teams. They are that dangerous. My concern was the lack of balance. I remember when Steve Waugh was talking about "all-out aggression" and "mental disintegration" during his incredibly successful run as captain it didn't affect his style of batting. He was still the most boring defensive batsman to watch unless he faced a short-wide delivery which he put away most brutally. He was still a "pressure absorber" be Australia at 5/150 or 5/450. He played the same way mostly. You need a couple of grinders like Steve Waugh (or now someone like Renshaw and multi-purpose batsman like Khawaja) even in your ODI Team (or at least in squad) so that you can combat any eventuality.

  • Jose...P on April 22, 2017, 4:34 GMT


    Among my cricket knowing friends here, "Chris Rogers" has become a sort of "brand name" (or at least a nick-name , endearingly used) to describe those who always deliver far more than any of us expected of them, considering what we thought as their natural talents.

  • Jose...P on April 22, 2017, 4:09 GMT

    @dunger.bob on April 21, 2017, 21:42 GMT

    Yeah! You gave me the answer I was looking for, K2!

    Since all the teams in CT are rather closer in competitiveness (relatively speaking) compared to WC (where quite rightly we have to include all the full members & two more).. yes, Bob, CT is "technically the more difficult of the two".

  • dunger.bob on April 22, 2017, 4:01 GMT

    @ Pratigya Joshi: I like that team and I hope you turn out to be right. If even half of the batsmen fire that side will be a real handful. I really hope Stoinis can bring his best game. That 146 no in NZ was one of the most breathtaking knocks I've ever seen. Lynn is a similar story, some of his knocks have been awesome, though fitness is his major concern of course. I also like the idea of opening with Head. He bats in the top order in f/c cricket and has already shown he can build a good innings in 50 over cricket. He's a good bat and his spin bowling is way better than Maxi's so I think he has to be in the team somewhere. I hadn't thought of opening with him tbh but that could definitely work.

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