Champions Trophy 2013

Australia keep probables list secret

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 1, 2013

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Australia's selectors, John Inverarity, Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel, Brisbane, November 29, 2011
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Cricket Australia will not disclose its list of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy in England this June, breaking the norm followed by all countries ahead of ICC tournaments. It is understood that CA approached the ICC for clarification over the rules about squad announcement and then requested that the 30-man squad, which will be pruned to 15 in a month's time, not be made public.

"Custom and practice is that countries announce their provisional squads 60 days before the first ball is scheduled to be bowled in the tournament," an ICC spokesperson said. "But this isn't compulsory."

Pakistan have already released their list of 30 probables, and other countries are expected to do so by the end of the week. Australia have been grouped with England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and play their first game on June 8, against the hosts.

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Posted by TeamRocker on (April 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Good decision. They should keep their choices open and reveal them as the CT comes closer.

Posted by Thefakebook on (April 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (April 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT) Mate Oz have not oloss a ODI series in couple of season now.They WON the Tri series vs Two TOP SC sides SL and India.They BEAT SL in SL. They BEAT SA in SA.They Beat WI(home and away) so recent form is not that bad as well mate. @Baseball-Sucks on (April 2, 2013, 21:09 GMT) Come on mate your sanga,jaywardane,dilsans couldn't even win you the 2011 and 2012 WC in SC!!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (April 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

@Thefakebook on (April 2, 2013, 18:55 GMT), I'm not quite sure where I indicated that I had forgotten any particular series but how long ago was that? Surely a series played less than a year ago would be a far better indicator of potential for the Champions Trophy than a series played almost four years ago.

Posted by Narbavi on (April 3, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Best in limited overs? oh what about india then? they have been thrashing you repeatedly off late

Posted by Timmuh on (April 2, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

Our selectors are farcical, that is hardly news. What is amazing here is that a nation other than India asked for special treatment and got it. Really, all the selectors are doing is delaying the inevitable embarrassment over their stupidity by a month. And all for a tournament that I would be quite happy to see Australia pull out of in favour of more tour games pre-Ashes. The Champions Trophy has always been a waste of time, and the only value in it got stripped once it was no longer being used solely to assist Associate and Affiliate nations. That this will be the last one is no bad thing.

Posted by Rowayton on (April 2, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

Let's be pedantic - how can you have 30 'probables' for a 15 man squad. I can say certainly, not probably, that at least half of the 30 won't end up in the final squad, which doesn't strrike me as making them probable anythings. Thanks for the weather forecast Ashes 61 - I look forward to Cambridge MCCU v Essex in my old home town on Friday, with the winds whipping off the fens. Have the trainers done the frostbite course?

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 2, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

@Thefakebook ; It seems you've figured it all out. lol Listen pal, you have no idea what you are talking about. May be SC teams are a lil bit weaker in Tests. But when it comes to shorter format, they are the best in the business. And What do you know about SL Cricket ? SL batsmen are inexperienced ?? Have you ever heard about players like Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan ? lol or the young player called Chandimal who averages over 55 outside of sub-continent ? And you say SL bowling are weak. Have you heard about bowlers like Malinga or Kulasekara who made Aussies run for their money ? We are talking about ODI here Pal. So pls... keep your "non-expert" opinions to yourself.

Posted by Thefakebook on (April 2, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (April 2, 2013, 13:35 GMT) Just after OZ lost the Ashes in England I remember a 7 match ODI series in which OZ drubbed ENG 6-1 how can you forget that mate? Hussey usually never performs in ICC Trophy except that Ajmal battering of course,2007 WC and 2009 CT he barely scored a valuable inning yet OZ won it both.And you are right mate Hughes will score in Eng condition. @dariuscorny on (April 2, 2013, 14:11 GMT) Mate look it is true that in SC other team has less chance than SC teams do,you know it too mate.Still you are right indians have stronger batting than most may be 2nd to SA only but their seam bowling is too weak. Pak and Ban I won't bet on them.Batting collapse galore here. Sl again have weak bowling and their young batsman are too inexperienced in these conditions.So I'll stick to my comment SC team will not win CT in Eng.Good on you sir.

Posted by dariuscorny on (April 2, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

@Thefakebook mate since 20 yrs its been only a SC team which has featured in every ICC final be it in Aus,Eng,SA,Ind,SL,Pak.so hv reasonable thoughts befor commenting like this....going by your logic if an ICC events is organised in SC,then we wud be saying non SC teams hv no chance here....but its not the case...one cannot disqualify any teams challenge in ICC events.....cheers

Posted by ashes61 on (April 2, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

Perfectly clear why AUS has held back on publicising the squad of 30. Trials aren't yet complete. Not in cricketing skills, but in climatic defence - that is, coping with the weather while trying to play cricket. They are very wise, as they're deep in their climate equipment studies & trials. If the other countires aren't also similarly engaged at present, they're making a grave error. Those living outside GB may be unaware that we're still in the grip of a very severe winter, with temps which aren't just cold but positively Siberian - and this Champions Trophy (or whatever it's called - why is this silly affair cluttering up our English season? - still, that's not my point right now) is ONLY 2 months away! Remember how WI & SL shivered recently in our cold May weather, quite understanably? Well, that was tropical compared to a winter which has now progrerssed into April & shows no signs of abating. IND, PAK, SL etc: are you practiising with skis, snowshoes & quilted anaoraks?

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