Australia picked four rookies, including a spin bowler who was working as groundsman six months ago, for its three-Test cricket series in Sri Lanka starting next month.
Michael Clarke will focus on the fundamentals in a bid to return Australia to the top of world cricket.
Having secured its first Ashes cricket series victory in Australia for 24 years, the hard work may be ahead for Andrew Strauss ’s England team.
Australia’s cricket team will enter a new era today when a new captain is appointed to replace Ricky Ponting , who quit the role after its World Cup exit.
Australia picked an extended 17-man squad including three rookies as players struggle with injuries and form before next week’s series-opening Ashes cricket Test against England.
England captain Andrew Strauss said yesterday’s six-run win over South Africa can “kick-start” his team’s Cricket World Cup campaign.
Australia applied to Cricket World Cup organizers for permission to replace injured batsman Mike Hussey and spin bowler Nathan Hauritz in its 15-man squad.
Michael Clarke will captain Australia in next week’s fifth Ashes cricket Test against England after Ricky Ponting was ruled out with a broken finger.
Australia picked two rookies in its squad for next month’s two-Test tour of India, the team’s last series before hosting England in the Ashes.
Australia picked rookie Xavier Doherty ahead of experienced spin bowler Nathan Hauritz for the series-opening Ashes cricket Test against England in Brisbane.