Injured Starc, Lynn in Australia's Champions Trophy squad

Back in business James Pattinson

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Injured duo Mitchell Starc and Chris Lynn have both been named in Australia's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June with the Aussies set to unleash a dream four-man pace attack for the very first time.

Allrounders Marcus Stoinis and Moises Henriques have been picked while Australia could unleash a dream pace quartet of Starc, Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins for the first time in an worldwide match.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa.

Pattinson, who last played an ODI in September 2015, has been included in the squad following his brilliant return from a long-term injury as he took 24 wickets for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.

"Our medical staff will continue to monitor Mitchell and Chris' recovery from their respective injuries, but we are hopeful they will be fit in time for the team's departure on May 18", quoted Cricket Australia selector Trevor Hohns as saying.

Henriques has been an irregular member of Australia's ODI squad, playing only eight matches between his debut in 2009 and his last match in August 2016. Since then, while his left-arm seam has remained an effective weapon, his batting returns have fallen away, with his last 17 innings yielding a high score of 36 and an average of 17.40.

"James has been a consistent performer for the one-day squad for several years, however with players such as Pattinson, Cummins and Hastings coming back to full fitness and the emergence of Marcus Stoinis, James was squeezed out of the squad and an unlucky omission", said Hohns.

"Moises finished off the domestic season very well and has had a great start in the Indian Premier League".

Also, the return of fast bowler James Pattinson and the inclusion of Moises Henriques ahead of James Faulkner among the all-rounders were the other two major points of the announcement.

"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".

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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