#Ashes: Australia plan ahead for tours of West Indies and England

Cricket Australia has announced squads for the upcoming Test tours of the West Indies and the United Kingdom.

The panel has also announced the 2015-16 list of CA contracted players and squads to represent Australia A in four-day and one-day cricket against India A in India throughout July.

Tours of the West Indies and the United Kingdom

Australia will face the West Indies in Test matches at Windsor Park, Dominica (5-9 June) and Sabina Park, Jamaica (13-17 June), before travelling to the UK for the five Test Ashes Series beginning at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (8-12 July).

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Australia moved quickly to announce their touring parties after picking up the World Cup trophy

The squad is: Michael Clarke (capt) NSW, Steve Smith (vc) NSW, Fawad Ahmed VIC, Brad Haddin NSW, Josh Hazlewood NSW, Ryan Harris QLD (Ashes only), Mitchell Johnson WA, Nathan Lyon NSW, Shaun Marsh WA, Mitchell Marsh WA, Peter Nevill NSW, Chris Rogers VIC, Peter Siddle VIC, Mitchell Starc NSW, Adam Voges WA, David Warner NSW, Shane Watson NSW.

Western Australian captain Adam Voges and Victorian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed have been selected in the squad following successful seasons in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.

Voges was voted the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. The 35-year-old was the season’s leading run scorer making 1358 runs at an average of 104.46, including 249 against South Australia in February.

Ahmed, 33, who helped steer Victoria to Sheffield Shield victory, was the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets at 24.85, including a record-breaking 8-89 in the first innings of the Shield final against Western Australia at Blundstone Arena.

New South Wales wicket-keeper / batsman Peter Nevill, has been included in the Test squad for the first time. Nevill scored 764 runs at 76.40 throughout the Shield season including a top score of 235 not out against Tasmania in February.

Commenting on the chosen squad, National Selector Rod Marsh said: “The Test team has performed very well in recent times, but the big challenge is to do that away from home.

“We believe this squad has sufficient depth for these important Test matches against the West Indies and England and will give us the best chance of success.

“Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed had sensational seasons at domestic level and their performances just couldn’t be ignored.  They thoroughly deserve their call-up and the opportunity to be a part of this squad. We believe that both can play important roles in the side if required.

“Adam had one of the great seasons in Sheffield Shield history. He is an experienced player and quality character who will add talent and leadership to the touring party.

“Fawad has worked incredibly hard on his game and has demonstrated throughout the season that he can be a consistent wicket taker.

“Peter Nevill has been on our radar for some time and deserves his opportunity  through weight of runs and performances behind the stumps. He has also demonstrated impressive leadership qualities which have caught our eye.”

Paceman James Pattinson was ruled out of the West Indies tour with an injured left hamstring sustained during the recent Bupa Sheffield Shield Final. He will be assessed by team medical staff over the coming weeks to determine his availability for the remainder of cricket throughout the Australian winter.

The squad departs for the West Indies on 19 May.

Australia to West Indies 2015

Fri 29 – Sun 31 May

Tour Match

Antigua

Fri 5 – Tue 9 Jun

First Test

Dominca

Sun 13 – Wed 17 Jun

Second Test

Jamaica

Australia to UK 2015

Thu 25 – Sun 28 June

Four-day v Kent

Canterbury

Wed 1 – Sat 4 July

Four-day v Essex

Chelmsford

Wed 8 – Sun 12 July

First Test

Sophia Gardens

Thu 16 – Mon 20 July

Second Test

Lord’s

Thu 23 – Sat 25 July

Three-day v Derbyshire

County Ground

Wed 29 July – Sun 2 August

Third Test

Edgbaston

Thu 6 – Mon 10 August

Fourth Test

Trent Bridge

Fri 14 – Sun 16 August

Three-day v Northants

Northampton

Thu 20 – Mon 24 August

Fifth Test

The Oval


CA 2015-16 Contract List

CA also announced its list of 19 contracted players for the 2015-16 season as chosen by the National Selection Panel.

Players were chosen based on their performances from July 2014 and the expectation that they will feature in the Australian Test, ODI and T20I sides during the forthcoming period.

The contracts, which cover a 12-month period commencing 1 July 2015, have been awarded to the following players:

George Bailey TAS, Michael Clarke NSW, Patrick Cummins NSW, Aaron Finch VIC, James Faulkner TAS, Brad Haddin NSW, Ryan Harris QLD, Josh Hazlewood NSW, Mitchell Johnson WA, Nathan Lyon NSW, Mitchell Marsh WA, Shaun Marsh WA, Glenn Maxwell VIC, James Pattinson VIC, Chris Rogers VIC, Mitchell Starc NSW, Steve Smith NSW, David Warner NSW, Shane Watson NSW

Australia A squads to face India A

The National Selection Panel has also announced squads to face India A in a series of four-day and one-day matches in India throughout July.

The four-day squad is Usman Khawaja (capt) QLD, Matthew Wade (vc) VIC, Ashton Agar WA, Cameron Bancroft WA, Joe Burns QLD, Patrick Cummins NSW, Andrew Fekete TAS, Peter Handscomb VIC, Travis Head SA, Nic Maddinson NSW, Glenn Maxwell VIC, Stephen O’Keefe NSW, Gurinder Sandhu NSW, Marcus Stoinis VIC.

The One-Day squad is:

Usman Khawaja (capt) QLD, Matthew Wade (vc) VIC, Sean Abbott NSW,  Ashton Agar WA, Cameron Boyce QLD, Joe Burns QLD, Nathan Coulter-Nile WA, Patrick Cummins NSW, Callum Ferguson SA, Peter Handscomb VIC, Travis Head SA, Chris Lynn QLD, Gurinder Sandhu NSW, Adam Zampa SA.

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