ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Australia's Champs Trophy form guide
A player-by-player analysis of how each squad member is travelling heading into ICC ODI event
9 May 2017, 08:14 PM AEST
Past five matches (all formats): 34, 9, 4, 45, 51no
The Australia captain has led the way for Pune in the Indian Premier League, passing 50 twice and racking up 367 runs at 41 in 11 hits for the third-placed side. It comes on the back of his starring role in Australia’s Test series against India with three tons. Smith has had an up-and-down ride in the ODI arena in recent times; in his last 11 hits, he’s struck three tons (including a monster 164 against New Zealand at the SCG), three ducks plus a pair of half-centuries for good measure.
Past five matches: 6, 40, 30, 126, 51
After a disappointing Test series in India that saw him average 24.12, the big-hitting opener has turned his form around dramatically in the Indian Premier League to sit on top of the run-scoring table as the tournament approaches its business end. The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper has scored 535 runs at 53.50 from 12 innings, including a match-winning 126 against Kolkata and three half-centuries.
Past five matches (all formats): 2, 27, 13, 0, 72
Finch hasn’t reached the lofty heights he might have liked so far this IPL season, scoring 229 runs at 22.90 from 11 outings, with his sole half-century coming against the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore late last month. He has featured in all but one of Gujarat’s matches to date, missing their clash with Mumbai last month after his kit bag failed to arrive from Rajkot in time for the match.
Past five matches (all formats): 75no, 12, 2, 0, 30no
Head has featured six times for the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore this IPL season, scoring 149 runs at 37.25. His best effort came in RCB’s recent defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, when Head pummelled an unbeaten 75 to lift his team to 6-158. With the 'Big 3' of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers back in the sheds, Head’s knock came off just 47 balls, including a run of 6,6,4 to finish the hosts' innings.
Past five matches (all formats): 84, 50, 32, 93no & 31
Injuries have hampered him in recent times but Lynn has repeatedly shown his destructive potential. He played one Shield match after a neck injury that kept him out of Australia’s ODI series in New Zealand and T20s against Sri Lanka, then made a huge impact in his first appearance of the Indian Premier League season, blasting an unbeaten 93 for Kolkata against Gujarat Lions. A dislocated shoulder sidelined the Queenslander for a month, but he has returned in style for the Knight Riders, scoring 84 and 50 in double-quick time since returning.
Past five matches (all formats): 44, 20no & 1-21, 6 & 2-15, 1-12, 2-29 & 0, 31
The Victorian has typically been in the thick of the action in the IPL. Having notched his maiden Test ton against India in March, Maxwell has turned his hand to captaincy, taking the reins at Kings XI Punjab. Although he hasn’t reached 50 in any of his 10 knocks, he’s averaging 31.28 with the bat and 17 with the ball and will be a key figure in the side’s push to make the playoffs.
Past five matches (all formats): 0-15 & 44, 0-15 & 4, 25no & 0-36, 0-31, 7no & 0-39
Something of a surprise pick in Australia’s Champions Trophy squad, the allrounder carried his strong Sheffield Shield form into the IPL. Henriques struck half-centuries in his first two hits of the tournament, meaning he’d passed 50 in five consecutive innings across all formats. While he’s only reached double-figures in eight ODIs, the New South Welshman could well play a major role in Australia’s title-push.
Past five matches (all formats): 33 & 2-45; 1 & 1-51; 28no & 1-60; 0-58; 20no, 3-60 & 22, 0-28
Returning from a knee injury which cut short his summer, the hulking allrounder has 12 wickets at 35.5 across all formats in his stint with Worcestershire in county cricket. While his four scalps in the domestic one-day competition have cost 53.50, the paceman’s familiarity with English conditions was a major factor in his inclusion in the squad, with Mitchell Starc suggesting Hastings’ experience will complement Australia’s pacier quicks.
Past five matches (all formats): 7 & 0-12, 1 & 1-28, 9 & 0-14, 0-28, 1-28
Stoinis is sweating on the results of scans after suffering an untimely shoulder injury in the IPL. The Kings XI allrounder returned home from India after being ruled out of the remainder of the tournament, hurting his shoulder diving for a ball while warming up for last Friday’s clash with Bangalore. The 27-year-old played five matches for Kings XI this season but failed to replicate his impressive feats from the 2016 tournament, scoring 17 runs and collecting two wickets.
Past five matches (all formats): 57 & 25*, 37 & 9*, 0 & 40, 8 & 20, 6*
One of the few Australia squad members not taking part in the IPL or county cricket, Wade’s last competitive hit-out was during Australia’s 1-2 Test series defeat in India, where he scored his first Test half-century since 2013 in Dharamsala and averaged 32.66 across the four matches. Behind the stumps he was solid, pulling off four stumpings to go and accepting seven catches. The gloveman will join Australian squad members who are not currently in India or the UK at a training camp in Brisbane next week before departing for the Champions Trophy.
Past five matches (all formats): 1-39 & 2-74, 2-38 & 0-0, 3-62, 1-59, 4-42
In good news for Australia, Starc is back bowling again and is ready to be unleashed in a fearsome bowling attack for the Champions Trophy. The left-armer was ruled out of the India Test series following the second Test in Bengaluru due to a fractured foot, having played a pivotal role in the first Test win in Pune, scoring a quick-fire 61 to lift Australia to a dominant first-innings total of 260, before silencing a billion people when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli for a second-ball duck on day two.
Past five matches (all formats): 1-51 & 0-14, 1-103, 0-42 & 6-67, 1-11 & 0-7, 2-44
Hazlewood hasn’t played since the India series, opting to sit out the IPL this year in favour of a decent rest ahead of the Champions Trophy and with an Ashes summer on the horizon. The paceman picked up nine wickets during the Border-Gavaskar series, his best performance coming in the second match in Bengaluru, where he struck with old ball and new to claim career-best figures of 6-67 in India’s second innings.
Past five matches (all formats): 4-42, 2-62, 2-55, 0-37, 4-22 & 3-33
The fiery seamer has lit up the English domestic scene with Nottinghamshire after helping Victoria to their third consecutive Shield title in March. Pattinson has captured 20 wickets in three first-class games at the outrageous average of 11.15 and has backed it up with eight more scalps in the one-day competition. While he’s likely fourth in line behind fellow out-and-out speedsters Starc, Hazlewood and Pat Cummins for a Champions Trophy berth, Pattinson’s form and familiarity in the UK may boost his case for selection in Australia’s tournament-opener.
Past five matches (all formats): 0-59, 2-30, 0-22, 2-20, 0-37
Cummins shook off the injuries that have dogged his fledging international career last summer, and has delivered on the promise he gave a small glimpse of on Test debut in 2011. The right-armer played in all of Australia’s ODIs during the 2016-17 season, impressed on his return to the Test side in March and has since played a vital role for Delhi in the IPL. While the Daredevils have struggled and are out of playoff-contention, Cummins appears primed to make a big impact on the Champions Trophy.
Past five matches (all formats): 1-45; 1-26; 1-175 & 2-86; 0-62 & 0-30; 3-94 & 1-43
Zampa’s opportunities for Rising Pune Supergiant have been limited so far this tournament, with just two appearances to date reaping two wickets from a total of seven overs bowled. Before he headed to India, the leg-spinner turned out for South Australia in the tail end of the Sheffield Shield season, including the drawn final against Victoria in Alice Springs. While the 25-year-old has cemented his place as Australia’s premier limited-overs spinner, he has conceded it’s going to take a raging turner for him to unseat one of Australia’s premier fast bowlers and feature in England, with the Aussies likely to employ an all-out pace attack in the Champions Trophy.
- With Louis Cameron
Champions Trophy 2017 Guide
Group A: Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh.
Group B: India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan.
26 May – Australia v Sri Lanka, The Oval
27 May – Bangladesh v Pakistan, Edgbaston
28 May – India v New Zealand, The Oval
29 May – Australia v Pakistan, Edgbaston
30 May – New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Edgbaston
30 May – Bangladesh vs India, The Oval
1 June – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (Day)
2 June – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (D)
3 June – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (D)
4 June – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (D)
5 June – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (D/N)
6 June – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (D)
7 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (D/N)
8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (D)
9 June – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (D)
10 June – England v Australia, Edgbaston (D)
11 June – India v South Africa, The Oval (D)
12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (D)
14 June – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (D)
15 June – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (D)
18 June – Final, The Oval (D)
19 June – Reserve day (D)