ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Mitchell Marsh in Australia squad
ICC Champions Trophy: Australia name Mitchell Marsh in their 15-man squad and appoint George Bailey as vice-captain
Australia have named their 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy which takes place in England and Wales next month.
Selectors have recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, while Hampshire’s overseas batsman George Bailey is named as vice-captain.
Bailey is Australia’s T20 skipper and his appointment as Michael Clarke’s deputy for the Champions Trophy follows Shane Watson’s decision to step down after the controversial tour of India.
“George Bailey has been appointed vice-captain of the squad to replace Shane Watson,” said chief selector John Inverarity.
“The NSP has been impressed with George’s leadership when he stepped in to guide the ODI team in Michael’s absence last summer and leadership of the T20 team over the past two seasons. Given George’s experience and credentials, he was viewed as the ideal person for the role.”
However, there is no place for fast bowlers James Pattinson and Ryan Harris or wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, with the trio set to prepare for the Ashes series by playing for Australia A during their tour of Scotland and Ireland.
Ben Cutting, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques have all also been omitted despite playing in the recent one-day series against West Indies, while Adam Voges is given a vote of confidence by being selected in the last batting position, edging out Shaun Marsh.
Western Australia duo Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marsh have been rewarded for some impressive performances during the domestic season.
It is the first time 25-year-old Coulter-Nile has earned a call-up to the 50-over squad, while the injury-plagued Marsh, 21, played one ODI during Australia’s 2011 tour of South Africa.
“Coulter-Nile is an emerging cricketer as a fast-medium bowler and explosive lower-order batsman,” Inverarity added.
“He is also one of the finest fieldsmen in Australian cricket and the energy he brings to his game is impressive. While Nathan has played a T20 International for Australia, we are looking forward to seeing him take his very good domestic limited overs form onto the world stage.”
Defending champions Australia have been drawn to play England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the group stages, starting against the hosts on 8 June at Edgbaston.
Australia Champions Trophy 15-man squad: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey (vc), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.