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17-Dec-2010 04:37:00 GMT
ICC World Cup, 2011

Australia Preliminary World Cup Squad Announced

Melbourne: Brad Hodge, the Victoria batsman, has been included in Australia's list of 30 probables for the 2011 World Cup beginning in the subcontinent in February.

Brett Lee is also in the running while James Pattinson is the only uncapped player in the mix. The squad will be pruned to 15 by January 19.

"There is blend of youth and experience in this extended group with exciting young talent like David Warner, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Stephen O'Keefe all pushing for inclusion in the final fifteen," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said.

Australia is the reigning World Champion and also holds the ICC Champions Trophy in the 50-over game. We've selected an initial squad with conditions in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in mind and expect this group to be equal to the challenge ahead.

Preliminary squad: Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Steve O'Keefe, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Shaun Tait, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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