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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.