Melbourne, Feb 4 (IANS) The Australian cricket team will fly to India between Feb 7-11 for the upcoming four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy which starts Feb 22.
Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) finalised the departure dates of the players Monday.
"The players in the 17-man squad will travel to India in three separate groups in an effort to find the best balance for players," said national selector John Inverarity in a press release.
"It is planned to have Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Steve Smith travel to India on 7 February. Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade will depart on 9 February, as will David Warner who is unavailable for the remainder of the Australian international summer as he recovers from his thumb injury.
"The remaining six players - Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson - will travel on 11 February at the conclusion of the ongoing series against West Indies. These plans are subject to minor alterations," added Inverarity.
Following are the departure dates:
Feb 7: Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith.
Feb 9: Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
Feb 11: Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson.