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“We be­lieve Moises’ bat­ting has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly in the past six months and he will pro­vide us with a strong op­tion should he be se­lected,” se­lec­tor Trevor Hohns said.

Just as Henriques star was ris­ing, Faulkner’s was fall­ing. The man of the match from the 2015 World Cup fi­nal has faded as a bats­men since. Khawaja and Hand­scomb were in the ODI side over the sum­mer but also failed to im­press, and Bai­ley was dropped.

La­sith Malinga’s fit­ness will be tested more than his proven bowl­ing skills with the white ball at the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

Sri Lanka has gam­bled with the fast bowler, who is re­turn­ing to ODIs for the first time Novem­ber 2015.

Malinga needs nine wick­ets to reach 300 ODI wick­ets, and bowl­ing coach Alan Don­ald feels if he can bowl even seven or eight overs then he’ll make a huge im­pact.

In one of the most mem­o­rable spells at the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, Malinga’s 4-34 nearly pulled off vic­tory against New Zealand in 2013 while chas­ing a small tar­get of 138 runs.

This is his fourth Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. the Mum­bai In­di­ans’ tri­umph, he was the team’s lead­ing wick­et­taker with 19. Dur­ing the IPL, he be­came the third fastest to 50 ca­reer wick­ets.

He co-led the IPL with nine wick­ets in the first six overs, and was among the top four in dot balls in the death overs.

That ver­sa­til­ity was in­valu­able to New Zealand coach Mike Hes­son.

So Hes­son has brought McClenaghan to the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, where in 2013 he set a New Zealand tour­na­ment record of 11 wick­ets from just three matches.

He’s back.

Yu­vraj Singh made his de­but in the sec­ond Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in 2000. He played it again in 2002 when In­dia won, 2004, and 2006 then missed the rest for one rea­son or an­other.

Yu­vraj was dropped from the ODI team in 2013 on form, but his hunger for the game and a suc­cess­ful do­mes­tic sea­son brought him back into the team this year.

In the sec­ond match of his come­back in Jan­uary, he scored 150 against Eng­land at Cut­tack with 21 fours and three sixes. It was his first ODI cen­tury in al­most six years.

Now he’s help­ing to prop In­dia’s mid­dle or­der along­side cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli and Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni, and of­fer­ing a lit­tle lef­t­arm spin on the side.

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