Aussies go pace-heavy for Champions Trophy
Aussies go pace-heavy for Champions Trophy

Steve Smith will lead an Australian squad loaded with fast-bowling options to the ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom in June.

Pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and John Hastings have all been included in the 15-man squad.

Starc injured his foot during the recent four-Test tour of India and missed the last two matches, but is expected to recover for the June 1-18 one-day international tournament.

As is big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn, who re-injured his troublesome shoulder playing in the Indian Premier League this month.

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Hastings is a surprise announcement having not played an ODI since last year's series in South Africa as he battled injuries over the Australian summer.

James Faulkner, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey and Peter Handscomb have failed to make the cut.

The Marsh brothers will also be absent, with Mitchell undergoing a shoulder reconstruction and Shaun Marsh hampered by a back problem.

Adam Zampa will take the bulk of the spin-bowling load, likely sharing it with batting all-rounders Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell.

Australia will meet hosts England, Bangladesh and New Zealand in their group at the eight-team tournament.

Two-time winners Australia meet the Black Caps in their first game on June 2 at Edgbaston

Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

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