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Bancroft & North played together , you would hope the rest of the playing staff were consulted , things could get a bit heated after a few pints in the dressing room.

Not sure about it , all for giving blokes a second chance but yeah.
Are you saying Bancroft might rub (people) up the wrong way? ;)
 
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Are you saying Bancroft might rub (people) up the wrong way? ;)
mmmmmmmm I know if I have had a few pints after a match, I would be very keen to ask him a few questions , have to wonder how far he might go

lets hope for his and the teams sake he makes a awful amount of runs
 
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Unofficial OD games against NZ May 5 , 7 & 9.

Apparently Monday the WC and Australia A Squad will be announced
 
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World Cup Squad Announced

Finch (C) , Khawaja , Marsh , Maxwell , SMITH , Stoinis , WARNER

Carey

Behrendorff , Coulter-Nile , Cummins , J Richardson , Starc

Lyon , Zampa
 
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Australia A 1 Day Squad

Handscomb , Head (C) , M Marsh , Patterson , Pucovski , Short , Turner
Wade
Abbott , Hazlewood , Neser , Pattinson , K Richardson
Agar
 
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Indian WC Squad

R Sharma
S Dhawan
V Kohli
V Shankar
MS Dhoni
K Jadhav
H Pandya
Y Chahal
K Yadav
B Kumar
J Bumrah

K Rahul
D Karthik
R Jadeja
M Shami

no Rayudu or Pant

#4 still the issue , huge pressure on Shankar
 
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Big names left out of World Cup squad
Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood overlooked as Steve Smith and David Warner return for World Cup defence

In-form batsman Peter Handscomb and star quick Josh Hazlewood have both been left out of Australia’s World Cup squad, while the returns of Steve Smith and David Warner to the national side have been confirmed.

Selectors named their 15-man Cup squad this morning and the absence of Handscomb and Hazlewood underlines both the reversal of Australia’s recent one-day form and the depth of talent the panel had to choose from.

Australia’s World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Handscomb has done little wrong with the bat since winning a recall to the one-day side in January, but the returns of Smith and Warner meant the race for batting spots was always going to be tight.

Handscomb has averaged 43 in 13 games this year, including a superb maiden one-day hundred in India, and scored at a strike rate of 98 in that time, but it hasn't been enough to hold on to his spot.


The Victorian's ability to keep wickets even had some pundits predicting he would take the gloves ahead of incumbent Alex Carey, but the South Australian has held his spot and is the sole gloveman in the squad.

Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have been rewarded for their good recent form with selection, while skipper Aaron Finch will lead a batting line-up that also includes allrounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.

On the sidelines since January due to injury, Hazlewood had been confident of being fully fit in time for Australia’s Cup opener against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol. But with an Ashes series to immediately follow the World Cup, selectors have instead opted for Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff as their five fast-bowling options.

Starc and Richardson have both been selected subject to fitness, however the pair are on track to be right to go for the start of the tournament.

As expected, spinners Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon have both been picked.

The batting squeeze also means there’s no place for the likes of Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short, while paceman Kane Richardson also misses out.

Having missed selection for the tournament, the likes of Handscomb and Hazlewood have instead been picked for the Australia A tour of the UK, which will run concurrently with the World Cup. The A tour will consist of both one-day and four-day games and have the dual benefit of providing Australia’s Test players with match practice ahead of the Ashes, as well as ensuring the Aussies have replacements ready to go should injury strike during the World Cup.

"Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15," selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England.

"Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad. Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt. Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour.

While Australia’s Cup squad has been confirmed, mystery remains about the make-up of their best XI. Finch and Khawaja have formed a dominant opening partnership during Australia’s recent unbeaten run, meaning Warner’s return could well disrupt what has become a winning formula for the five-time world champs.

With Carey expected to bat at No.7, as he has done in Australia’s past two series, one of the squad’s remaining seven batting options – Finch, Khawaja, Warner, Marsh, Smith, Maxwell and Stoinis – will miss out on a spot in the top six.

Zampa and Lyon formed a two-man spin attack on the recent tours of India and the UAE, but Australia may opt for just one spin option in their side during the UK tournament.

Should Australia opt for a traditional attack of three quicks and one spinner, two of the five fast bowlers picked will have to miss out.

Cummins is a near certainty to play, while Richardson has also impressed the year and is a frontrunner for selection, provided he’s recovered fully from a recent shoulder injury.

Player of the 2015 World Cup Starc is also on the comeback trail from injury and the fact Hazlewood has been left out of the squad altogether

Australia’s squad will hold a training camp in Brisbane in early May, which will include three warm-up matches against a New Zealand side that will be without most of their biggest players due to the Indian Premier League.

Australia’s World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Australia's World Cup fixtures
May 25:
(warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton
May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton
June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)
June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge
June 9: India v Australia, The Oval
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)
July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
 
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Test stars headline Australia A squad

Travis Head and Tim Paine will respectively lead an Australia A one-day and four-day squad for their tour of the UK in June and July.

The two 14-man squads will play tour matches during the ICC World Cup and in the build-up to the first Ashes Test on August 1, providing both the Cup squad with back-up options should injuries strike, while also allowing a host of Test regulars and hopefuls to acclimatise to English conditions ahead of the Ashes.

Australia A four-day squad: Tim Paine (c), Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Travis Head (vc), Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Chris Tremain

Australia A one-day squad: Travis Head (c), Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Mitch Marsh (vc), D'Arcy Short, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Kane Richardson, Sean Abbott

The Australia A one-day side will play five matches across 13 days from June 20, before the four-day squad play three matches, starting on July 7, July 13 and July 23. The last of those matches will be an Australia A v Australia contest, which looms as a critical selection showdown ahead of the Ashes opener less than a week later.

Throughout the five-week period and across the two formats, there will be no shortage of players given the opportunity to press their claims for national honours, with the likes of young Victorian Will Pucovski (four-day squad) and New South Wales quick Sean Abbott (one-day squad) among the notable names in today's announcement by Cricket Australia.

Despite missing out on the 20-man CA central contract list, Test incumbent Kurtis Patterson has been handed a chance to demonstrate his wares in the one-day arena, having been named in both squads, while Josh Hazlewood will use the tours to ready himself for the Ashes as he continues his recovery from a back injury.

Mitchell Marsh, who lost his CA contract today, is another to have been named in both squads, along with Head, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Pucovski and Michael Neser.

Head of the national selection panel Trevor Hohns also made the point that the group of players currently plying their trade in the County Championship were intentional omissions, likely as a means of broadening the selectors' pool of ready and available playing talent.
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"We have Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle and Daniel Worrall in our sights but they have not been included in the squad and will continue to play through this period with their County teams," Hohns said.

"However, we have made it clear that strong form with their county teams will be taken into account for selection in the Ashes squad or the Australia v Australia A tour match.

"Following the four-day tour match in Hampshire we will be in a position to announce our squad for the Ashes."

Australia A tour of the UK

Australia A one-day squad: Travis Head (c), Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Mitch Marsh (vc), D'Arcy Short, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Kane Richardson, Sean Abbott

Australia A four-day squad: Tim Paine (c), Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Travis Head (vc), Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Chris Tremain

One-day fixtures:
June 20:
Australia A v Northamptonshire, The County Ground, Northamptonshire
June 23: Australia A v Derbyshire, County Ground, Derby
June 25: Australia A v Worcestershire, New Road, Worcester
June 30: Australia A v Gloucestershire, Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
July 2: Australia A v Gloucestershire, Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
Four-day fixtures:
July 7-10:
Australia A v Sussex, Arundel Castle Cricket Ground, Arundel
July 13-16: Australia A v England Lions, The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury
July 23-26: Australia v Australia A, Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
 
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