Australia will play two warm-up matches against subcontinent opposition in England ahead of their tilt at a third Champions Trophy title.
Steve Smith’s side feature in the first official warm-up match of the tournament, on May 26 against Sri Lanka in London.
There would be just four clear days between the IPL final, should any Australians still be involved in the tournament at that point, and the warm-up match against the Sri Lankans at The Oval.
Australia’s second warm-up match is at Edgbaston on May 29 against Pakistan, a side they beat 4-1 in an ODI series at home last summer.
Australia’s first match of the tournament proper is June 2 against New Zealand.
Bangladesh, India and the Black Caps will play each other in warm-up matches, while England and South Africa will play a three-match bilateral ODI series concurrently and are not involved in the tournament warm-up.
Australia this week named a pace-heavy attack for their attempt to win the trophy they claimed in 2006 and 2009.
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Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson have been included in the squad for the eight-team tournament in the UK.
Australia are also banking on Chris Lynn recovering from a shoulder injury to be fit for the tournament that saw James Faulkner and Usman Khawaja left out.
The members of the Australia squad not currently playing in the IPL or English county cricket – Hazlewood, Starc and Wade – will depart for England on May 18, while those in the IPL will stay with their respective franchises until their teams finish in the tournament.
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Defending champions India look certain to be without opener KL Rahul for their Champions Trophy campaign.
Rahul suffered an injury to his left shoulder during the recent Border-Gavaskar Test series and was ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League tournament in order to undergo surgery in England on April 10.
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“(I needed the surgery because) I couldn’t get into a few positions (while batting) because my shoulder kept dislocating,” Rahul told Times of India.
“That’s why I couldn’t play a lot of shots and had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping.
“The doctor said it will take two-three months (to recover).
Champions Trophy 2017 Guide
Group A: Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh.
Group B: India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan.
26 May – Australia v Sri Lanka, The Oval
27 May – Bangladesh v Pakistan, Edgbaston
28 May – India v New Zealand, The Oval
29 May – Australia v Pakistan, Edgbaston
30 May – New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Edgbaston
30 May – Bangladesh vs India, The Oval
1 June – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (Day)
2 June – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (D)
3 June – Sri…