News by Shane Dell 10/02/04
The ICC Champions Trophy remains one of the last unconquered frontiers of the Aussie Juggernaut and the Australians have their eyes planted firmly on it with the view to adding to their trophy cabinet in the not to distant future.
No doubt, Australian team captain Ricky Ponting will be buoyed by the news of the return of Shane Warne who’s 12 month ban for drug taking ended at midnight last night and although Warne has not indicated if he will once again join Australia’s one day team, after earlier announcing his retirement from one day cricket on the eve of the 2003 World Cup, Ponting will welcome him with open arms if he elects to come out of the one day cricket wilderness and spearhead the Aussie bowling assault in its efforts to take the Champions Trophy title. Warne has always been a big match performer and such a challenge would be right up his alley.
Cricket Australia Chief James Sutherland recently said in an ICC press release, “The ICC Champions Trophy has become a prestigious and permanent part of international cricket and we are keen to improve on our previous performances in this event. We have never won the Championship and it and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy are two of the few global trophies we don't have in our trophy cabinet.”
Team pools have been decided for the forthcoming competition with the only exception being the third team in Australia’s pool, which will be decided at the completion of the coming Six Nations Challenge, the winner of which will make up the final team to be included in Pool A.