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Aussies still searching for best ODI XI

Players put through an intense intra-squad match as selectors mull winning combination.

Paceman Josh Hazlewood concedes there are plenty of unknowns surrounding Australia's best XI for their ICC Champions Trophy campaign, less than a fortnight out from their tournament opener against New Zealand.

Australia's squad (minus Steve Smith and Adam Zampa, who are en route to the UK from the Indian Premier League) had their first serious hit-out of the tour on Monday, a lengthy centre-wicket session at the picturesque Whitgrift school in South Croydon, some 20km south of the team's London base.

And given the selection uncertainty heading into what is essentially a three-week knockout tournament, there was plenty on the line as the 13 Australian players – and some lucky members of the school's first XI who helped in the field – sweated it out on a warm spring day.

The high volume of one-day international cricket played over the past 12 months, which has seen Australia pull on the coloured clothing in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and at home since June last year, has seen a total of 28 players used in 28 matches during that period.

The high volume of one-day international cricket played over the past 12 months, which has seen Australia pull on the coloured clothing in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and at home since June last year, has seen a total of 28 players used in 28 matches during that period.

The resting of some stars for these series has opened the door for others to push their case and, according to Hazlewood, means all 15 members of the current squad have a genuine claim to be in Australia's best XI.

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"I guess there is (unknowns)," Hazlewood said after play. "Obviously over the last 6-12 months there's been a few people rested from different tours and we've had injuries as well. That's just the way the schedule is.

The resting of some stars for these series has opened the door for others to push their case.”

Josh Hazlewood

"Every player of the 15 puts a good case forward when you look at it on paper so it's going to be tough work for the selectors."

Monday morning's session started in almost comical fashion when Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn, who could be battling each other to partner David Warner at the top of the order, were involved in a mix-up on the second ball of the day and a direct hit from Warner saw Lynn dismissed without facing a ball.

But on a day where time in the middle was the priority, Lynn later had several more stints at the crease and showed off some of the powerful strokeplay that could make him Australia's trump card in this tournament.