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Australia have drafted pace bowler James Pattinson into their squad for the Champions Trophy in England in June.
Despite not having played ODI cricket since September 2015, Pattinson’s form as of late has been hard to ignore as he picked up 24 wickets at an average of 17.41 while representing Victoria in the Sheffield Shield season.
Pattinson has continued to impress for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship as he has claimed 13 wickets in two matches at an average of 12.92.
The 26-year-old’s inclusion gives Australia a fearsome pace line-up as it also consists of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings.
All-rounder Moises Henriques also found a place in the squad as he was picked ahead of fellow all-rounder James Faulkner. In addition to Henriques, Australia have selected three more all-rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head.
Batsman Chris Lynn made the cut as well even though he is currently nursing a shoulder injury that is likely to rule him out for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Steve Smith will lead the team in the tournament, while David Warner will continue to assume the role of vice-captain.
Australia’s Champions Trophy Squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa.