AUSTRALIA

Group B with West Indies and Ireland

Captain: George Bailey.

Coach: Mickey Arthur

For such a highly successful cricket nation, Australia's modest Twenty20 record is a blemish. They have won four 50-over World Cups but their best finish in three previous World Twenty20 tournaments was as runner-up to England in 2010.

When the International Cricket Council ratings were updated last month, Australia were ranked ninth, below New Zealand and Bangladesh.

George Bailey leads the Twenty20 squad to Sri Lanka looking to win the only major title that has eluded Australia. Desperate situations call for desperate measures and 41-year-old left-armer Brad Hogg has been brought in to bolster the spin attack.

If Hogg will be the oldest player in the competition, 19-year-old fast bowler Pat Cummins will be one of the youngest. Cummins, Clint McKay, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Starc will form the pace attack with support from all-rounders Daniel Christian and Shane Watson.

The hard-hitting Cameron White has also been brought back in a middle-order that includes the Hussey brothers, David and Michael, while David Warner is expected to provide an aggressive start.

Australia squad: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus.

 

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