While a few Australian players are still playing in the playoffs of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, some have already started preparations for ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Four members of the squad along with coach Darren Lehmann will leave for England soon. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis, pace duo Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade are already training at Bupa National Centre in Brisbane. Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins, who just returned after their stint in IPL, have already reached England. These players will soon be joined by their teammates David Warner and Moises Henriques after their franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were eliminated on Thursday. Marcus Stoinis declared fit for ICC Champions Trophy 2017
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Chris Lynn, if Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lose in Qualifier 2, will join the list of these players as well. Otherwise, he will travel with Australia skipper Steven Smith and leg-spinner Adam Zampa after the IPL final on Sunday. As for the remaining members, James Pattinson and John Hastings are already getting accustomed to the English conditions through their County stint for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire respectively. The Champions Trophy is less than two weeks away with the warm-up games beginning on May 26.
The first warm-up match will be played between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Oval. As for the main tournament, Australia will begin their Champions Trophy journey against New Zealand on June 2 at Edgbaston.
Speaking to the reporters, Smith stated that IPL plays a crucial role for the preparations, “Playing in IPL is great ahead of the Champions Trophy. It is always good to play white-ball cricket before such a big tournament. Though the format is different, we are playing with world-class players.”
Meanwhile, Wade mentioned that Starc, Hazlewood and himself have benefitted from the break, “The luxury we have is two practice games which you don’t normally get before a tournament. That’s enough game-wise to go up to a tournament, plus we have 10 days training, which is also rare before a tournament,” as quoted cricket.com.au.
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