Melbourne: Australia chief coach Graham Reid on Monday, named a young squad, that does not include stars like Jamie Dwyer and skipper Mark Knowles, to defend their international hockey federation (FIH) Champions Trophy title.
The young trio of Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson and Flynn Ogilvie were handed call-ups after making their international debuts against India in November and are part of an 18-member squad which includes 11 World Cup winners and 11 Commonwealth Games gold medallists.
A number of seniors were not considered for selection due to injuries. Captain Knowles is undergoing rehabilitation for a foot injury, as is Joel Carroll, while striker cum penalty corner specialist Kieran Govers is recovering from hip surgery. Five-time FIH Player of the Year Dwyer sustained a ligament injury in his foot at the end of the club season.