Australia announce World Cup squad

12 Jan 2015

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Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel has announced the 15-man squad to represent Australia at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2015 to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

The same squad will also take part in the Carlton Mid One Day International Tri Series against India and England prior to the World Cup.

Australian ICC Cricket World Cup squad

Michael Clarke (captain) NSW
George Bailey (vice-captain) TAS
Pat Cummins NSW
Xavier Doherty TAS
James Faulkner TAS
Aaron Finch VIC
Brad Haddin NSW
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Mitchell Johnson WA
Mitchell Marsh WA
Glenn Maxwell VIC
Steve Smith NSW
Mitchell Starc NSW
David Warner NSW
Shane Watson NSW

Commenting on the World Cup squad, National Selector Rod Marsh said: "This group has played a major role in getting Australia back to number one in ODI cricket and we feel we have the right mix of players to represent our country on the biggest stage of all.

"These players have really gelled over the past 18 months with their preparation geared towards giving us the best chance of winning a World Cup on home soil.

"Captain Michael Clarke will lead our World Cup campaign should he recover from his injury. He is one of the world's best batsmen and we want to give him every chance to prove his fitness for a tournament as important as this one.

"Our medical staff are pleased with his progress following hamstring surgery in December and he continues to undergo thorough rehabilitation work with a view to being ready to play an important role in the World Cup.

"We have said that if Michael has not recovered by our second match of the tournament against Bangladesh on 21 February, we will replace him in the squad. He understands that and is working tirelessly with medical staff to get back to fitness."

A standby player for Clarke has not been named however Marsh said that if Clarke became unavailable, George Bailey would captain the side in his absence.

Marsh said Western Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is on track to be fit for the start of the World Cup.

"Mitchell is progressing well with his rehab and we expect him to be available at some stage during the Tri Series with the aim to have him well prepared for the World Cup."

Tasmanian Xavier Doherty has been selected as the squad's specialist spinner for the tournament.

Marsh said: "Xavier is a reliable spin bowler who we know can perform well in the 50-over format. We also have other spin options in Glenn Maxwell , Steve Smith and Michael Clarke if required."

Australia is aiming to claim a record fifth ICC Cricket World Cup after winning the tournament in India in 1987, England in 1999, South Africa in 2003 and the West Indies in 2007.

Australia begins its ICC Cricket World Cup campaign against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday 14 February.

The Carlton Mid One Day International Tri Series between Australia, England and India begins on Friday 16 January when Australia takes on England at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia's ICC Cricket World Cup Draw

Saturday - 14 February Australia v England (MCG. Melbourne)
Saturday - 21 February Australia v Bangladesh (The GABBA, Brisbane)
Saturday - 28 February Australia v New Zealand (Eden Park, Auckland)
Wednesday - 4 March Australia v Afghanistan (WACA, Perth)
Sunday - 8 March Australia v Sri Lanka (SCG, Sydney)
Saturday - 14 March Australia v Scotland (Bellerive Oval, Hobart)