Almost back to work for champs

AUSTRALIA'S World Cup heroes were still celebrating their victory over New Zealand with fans in Melbourne yesterday, but most of the squad will have little time for partying with a busy schedule coming up.

National selectors will today name the squads for the coming tours of the West Indies and England, as well as the contracted player list for 2015-16.

Australia will play two Tests against the West Indies, that tour starting with a warm-up match against Antigua on May 30.

Before that, however, 11 members of the 15-strong World Cup squad will head to the Indian Premier League which starts in Kolkata next week. Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Marsh and Xavier Doherty are the only World Cup squad members not backing up in the IPL.

The trip to the Caribbean will be quickly followed by the Ashes in England, with that tour starting with a match against Kent on June 25.

The first of five Tests starts in Cardiff on July 8, and will be followed by a series of limited-overs matches ending on September 13.

After the Ashes, Australia's Test stars will head to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour in October, before the 2015-16 Australian summer swings into gear with Tests against New Zealand and the West Indies.


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