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SportAshes squad could come unprecedently late

05:55  15 march  2019
05:55  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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"There's no definitive date as yet but it will be as late as possible ... that's the aim," chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said.

"We are certainly looking at a couple of those Australia A four-day games before naming the Ashes squad."

It's understood selectors will likely name a 15-man World Cup squad in early April, when they will also finalise this year's contract list.

Hohns and Greg Chappell are expected to split the job of on-duty selector during the World Cup, ensuring they have some time at home during Australia's seemingly endless winter in England.

The second half of the Sheffield Shield season plus an Australia A tour of England will shape the final Ashes squad, as will performances at the World Cup.

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Ashes squad Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin (vice-capt, wk), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.

Australia A's games overlap with the World Cup, ensuing selectors will have acclimatised reserves ready to step up in the case of any injuries during the tournament.

The A team's second four-day match starts on July 14. Those players will stick around to face the Test squad in Australia's only tour game before their Ashes defence begins at Edgbaston.

Kurtis Patterson's late addition to the Test squad for the home series against Sri Lanka, after he dominated for Australia A, showed the panel is willing to break with tradition.

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Hohns, having served as a national selector from 1993 to 2006 then returned to the panel in 2014, can't recall anything like it.

The former spinner, who was part of the triumphant 1989 Ashes squad branded the worst to tour England, followed the Shield closely while in India with the ODI squad.

"We are keeping a close eye on everything and everybody," Hohns said.

"It's going to be a complicated time, it's unprecedented to have that many teams all going to England.

"In Australia A we've got players who are contenders for the Ashes squad, but also have some ... potential (World Cup) cover for any injuries.

"It's a very interesting exercise."

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