“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.
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.