Australia tour England in June & July 2012 for a series of five one day internationals as well as two tour matches, beginning with one off encounter against Ireland and selectors have announced 15 members squad over a month in advance, probably sighting the Olympics in UK and hence allowing players to sort out visa issues well in advance..
It's a very young squad selectors have opted for, carefully mixing those players who'll be part of T20 world cup that follows couple of months later.
Michael Clarke will captain the side with Shane Watson as his deputy. Watson will open the innings with David Warner but Mathew Wade, now the first choice wicket keeper, can also bat at the top of the order.
George Bailey, the T20 captain, has been given the chance ahead of Peter Forrest who didn't do much on Windies tour earlier this year. Bailey will take up the middle order burden with captain Clarke and evergreen David Hussey. Young allrounder Steven Smith also makes a comeback, having missed home summer, after showing good form in domestic cricket and IPL.
Michael Hussey, initially named in the squad, has been replaced by Peter Forrest as left hander asked to stay back with his family. Hussey revealed “Due to our baby being born three months early, it is important for the family for me to be here at this time. It is always difficult to miss any tour for Australia and I thank CA for their understanding of our family's situation."
Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins are two names fans will be eagerly waiting to see in action. Both fast bowlers, who also have tons of batting skills, played their last international games in South Africa late last year before going to rehabilition to fix their bone stress and foot injuries respectively.
Aussie squad is heavy on pace and low on spin. Brett Lee, Clint McKay, James Pattion and Ben Hilfenhaus are front line fast bowlers to go with Watson, Cummins and Johnson. This probably is for a reason that Aussies want to see which of their seamers are ideally suited to English conditions before the highly anticipated Ashes next year.
Xavier Doherty is only spinner in the ranks with Nathan Lyon dropped.
"Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill have not been included as Xavier Doherty has been preferred as the only spinner and Matthew Wade is the only keeper. It is a great deal easier getting replacements to England than to the West Indies, and both Nathan and Peter will be on standby should they be required", said national selector John Iverarity.