The ACB today announced an initial 30-man squad for the 2003 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
This squad will be reduced to 15 players by 31 December 2002. Players who have not been named can still be drafted in to represent Australia at the tournament.
The squad is (no particular order):
1.Michael Bevan NSW
2.Michael Hussey WA
3.Andrew Bichel QLD
4.Justin Langer WA
5.Greg Blewett SA
6.Brett Lee NSW
7.Nathan Bracken NSW
8.Darren Lehmann SA
9.Ryan Campbell WA
10.Jimmy Maher QLD
11.Stuart Clark NSW
12.Damien Martyn WA
13.Michael Clarke NSW
14.Glenn McGrath NSW
15.Adam Gilchrist WA
16.Ashley Noffke QLD
17.Jason Gillespie SA
18.Ricky Ponting TAS
19.Brad Haddin NSW
20.Andrew Symonds QLD
21.Ian Harvey VIC
22.Shane Warne VIC
23.Nathan Hauritz QLD
24.Shane Watson TAS
25.Matthew Hayden QLD
26.Cameron White VIC
27.Mark Higgs SA
28.Brad Williams WA
29.Brad Hogg WA
30.Damien Wright TAS
Commenting on the players chosen, NSP Chairman Trevor Hohns said whatever the eventual make-up of the travelling party happened to be, it would contain sufficient depth for the tournament.
This is really the first phase in selecting the squad to attend South Africa for the 2003 World Cup,ö Hohns said.
There are a number of players we need to continue looking at over the coming month as we move to cut the squad by half.
That will be a challenging task because there are several players that could fill a
variety of positions for us at the World Cup.
So far we have selected a healthy mix of players - batsmen, bowlers, all-rounders and three wicket-keepers, which gives us a broad range to choose from when finalising our list, he said.
The Australian side is scheduled to depart for the ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa on Wednesday 29 January 2003 following the Allan Border Medal presentation on 28 January.
Well im glad to see a few people in there...
Greg Blewet - I have heard from a few people who have links with the ACB that Blewy could be selected as an opener with Gilly to drop down the order, it also gives them a good bowling option...
The 2 Clark's - Stuart who is in the same mold as Glenn McGrath very consistent quick who would revell in the SA conditions, and Michael who i think will be the centre of the Aussie batting attack in years to come...
J.Langer - The guy just needs to play like he does in tests and not do a Slater and try to change his game...
Cam White - A good young cricketer who could fill a spot... Bowls good leg spin and can bat...
D.Wright - A very under-rated prosect from Tassie, bowls at good pace and can hold a bat... I remember the 1st time he was seen, i think it was a test match a few years back when he come on to field as a substitute, has come along way...