South Africa, Bangladesh, Australia announce Champions Trophy squads

South Africa, Bangladesh and Australia have announced their squads for the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England and Wales later this year. Here’s a look at the three squads:

South Africa:

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel

This looks like a really strong line-up on paper like most South African squads do. Ahead of almost every ICC event, South Africa look like strong contenders but haven’t been able to go on and win a lot of titles. The batting looks fantastic with Amla and de Kock as openers, with Faf du Plessis, de Villiers and Miller to follow. Duminy and Tahir will bowl spin and the pace battery consists of Rabada, Morris and Morkel.

Bangladesh:

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam

This is perhaps one of the most impressive Bangladesh sides to compete in an ICC event. They have the right blend of youth and experience with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur, Shakib and Mortaza to work with promising youngsters like Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur and Mehedi Hasan. Mahmudullah was fantastic in the ICC World Cup in 2015 and will hope to have a similar tournament in England.

Australia:

Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa

Australia are always favourites going into any ICC tournament and it is no different this time. Their batsmen look in great form with Smith, Lynn, Maxwell, Warner, Henriques and Head all having a good IPL so far. Their bowling line-up consists of Starc, Pattinson, Cummins, Hastings and Hazlewood along with Zampa to bowl leg-spin.

(Akhil Prakash is a sports writer for The Ring Side View and for more updates, you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter)

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