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Australia farewells squad ahead of the Ashes

Captain Michael Clarke joined teammates at the official farewell

Australia farewells squad ahead of the Ashes - Cricket News
Members of the Australian cricket team during the Cricket Australia Ashes official team farewell .
Members of the Australian Cricket Team officially said goodbye to their home country today before they embark for the United Kingdom this weekend in their quest to reclaim The Ashes.

Captain Michael Clarke joined teammates Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Clint McKay, Phillip Hughes and Ryan Harris at the official farewell morning tea.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, who attended today’s event to wish the players good luck said: “We are extremely proud of all of the members of the Tour of England squad and we look forward to seeing our best take the field to hopefully return the urn. 

“We are under no illusions that the Australian cricket team will go into this Ashes series as the underdog, however all of the players relish the challenge before them and are buoyed by the knowledge the nation is right behind them. 

“Cricket is in great shape in our country as we head into 10 back-to-back Tests against England. Four of the last seven years have seen record crowds at cricket matches played in Australia, our average TV audiences rate higher than any other Australian sport and cricket is Australia’s highest participation sport with 950,000 national participants.”  

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