Australia v India 2011-12

Bailey named Australia's T20 captain, Hogg recalled

Brydon Coverdale

January 23, 2012

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George Bailey (left) tosses the coin with Ross Taylor, Australia A v New Zealanders, Brisbane, November 24, 2011
George Bailey (left) impressed Australia's selectors when he captained Australia A against the New Zealanders in November © Getty Images

Cameron White has been dumped as Australia's Twenty20 captain and replaced by George Bailey for the two matches against India next week. And Australia's selectors have announced the surprise recall of the 40-year-old spinner Brad Hogg, who made a T20 comeback this summer and has been the standout slow bowler in the Big Bash League

In a major shake-up eight months before the ICC World Twenty20, the new selection panel under John Inverarity has sent a clear message that the T20 side needed refreshment. Australia made the final of the 2010 World T20, but since then they have lost seven matches and won only two, and sit fifth on the ICC rankings behind England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

The appointment of White as captain when Michael Clarke retired from the format last January was made by Andrew Hilditch's selection panel with a view to building towards this year's World T20, to be held in Sri Lanka in September. However, White made just 55 runs at an average of 7.85 in the BBL this season and Inverarity's panel has made the change with at least four matches on Australia's schedule before the World T20.

Bailey, the captain of Tasmania and a team-mate of White at the Melbourne Stars, has not been in outstanding form either, having scored 114 runs at 19. However, he was viewed by the selectors as the right man to lead the side, with David Warner his vice-captain, while the Test vice-captain Shane Watson was not considered for the two games against India due to his ongoing injury problems.

"The Australian T20 team has been ranked a rather disappointing sixth in the world and we've certainly considered that the team needs refreshment," Inverarity said in announcing the squad in Melbourne on Monday. "It would be fair to say the national selection panel has been discussing this T20 squad for six or seven weeks.

"If you look at [Bailey's] record as captain ... I'm of the view that Tasmania have done particularly well in recent years because of the leadership they've had, the well-defined leadership of Daniel Marsh and ... then George has taken over. Last season they won the Shield under George, the year before they won the one-day competition under George. The results are there.

"He's widely respected throughout Australia. Those who play with him regard him very highly as a captain and as a leader. We've seen from Michael Clarke's leadership, he has done very well not least because of his astute decision making on the field and George certainly has that too."

The decision means Bailey, 29, will play his first match for Australia in any format next week, and he will do it as captain. Bailey has been part of an Australian squad in the past - he was called up for the ODIs in New Zealand in early 2010 when Clarke returned home for personal reasons - but did not win a cap.

Australia T20 squad

  • George Bailey (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Travis Birt, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade (wk)

"It has [come out of the blue] in some ways but it's something I feel like I'm ready to do and I'm very excited by," Bailey said. "I think once you have been captain and played in the team for a little while, any time you're on the field you're always thinking. I haven't captained during this Big Bash but even so I've always been thinking about what I'd be doing in similar circumstances, who I'd be bowling and field placements and things like that. I don't think that part of you ever goes away."

When he walks out as leader for the T20 at Sydney's Stadium Australia next Wednesday and the match at the MCG two days later, Bailey will be in charge of a new-look side. The fast-bowling allrounder James Faulkner will be in line for his debut, while the batsman Travis Birt has earned a recall nearly two years after his last international appearance.

But the big talking point, besides the captaincy, was the recall of Hogg, whose left-arm wrist-spin has been a major reason the Perth Scorchers have made the BBL final. Hogg retired from all cricket four years ago but made his T20 comeback this summer, and Inverarity said if all went well, Hogg would be part of Australia's squad at the World T20 in spinning conditions in Sri Lanka this year.

"In my conversation with Brad it was that it would be the World Cup and that if he was selected our interest with him wouldn't go beyond that," Inverarity said. "Of course it could change. But that's the general intention ... Two months ago we probably weren't thinking about Brad Hogg. [BBL] games have changed when he's come on to bowl. He has been outstanding."

The inclusion of Hogg meant there was no room for Steven Smith or Steve O'Keefe, two slow bowlers who had been part of the T20 side in recent months. Xavier Doherty was the other specialist spinner named to take on India. Brett Lee, Clint McKay and Daniel Christian will round out the attack, while Matthew Wade was not surprisingly named as the wicketkeeper.

Michael Hussey was not named in the squad but Inverarity clarified that his exclusion was a workload issue. Hussey almost singlehandedly blasted Australia into the final of the World T20 in 2010 with a brilliant innings in the semi-final, and although he has not played a T20 international in a year and a half, he is expected to be part of the squad when Australia play two matches in the Caribbean in late March.

"Mike is being rested for this," Inverarity said. "Mike has had a pretty gruelling schedule of Test matches - Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and India. I had a chat to Mike in Perth about a week ago and we're looking to give him a little bit of a break here, and probably in the early stages of the ODIs so he comes out fresh. We're also keen to try some of these younger players. But at this stage there'd be no doubt that Mike Hussey would be playing in the T20s in the West Indies."

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Posted by AKS286 on (January 26, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

add HOGG in the test side too.he will bowl far far better than the world's best spinner LYON.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Other than Warner, please leave the test team alone, Starc should be classified as a test player. (if you play it they will still come).

Posted by ihaq1 on (January 25, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

coulter nile, hodge and okeefe seem tobe the popular non inclusions while it seems odd to play old timers under a middle aged captain who is not regarded as an automatic selection...a younger spinner would be preferable even though Hogg could probably bat...while doherty bowls well at times.. i have only seen one brilliant performance yet...i would think that Lee could have been replaced by tait either/or...Wade is probably a better keeper/batter as haddin makes very obvious mistakes...that is teh time for a keeper to hangup his gloves...seems the selection is a middle aged captain, some old bowlers and younger more attacking(supposedly) batsmen...with oldish players u would have two peopel who can only be stationed at teh boundary

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

guys, obviously hussey and the bowlers weren't picked because the test match finishes just days before the t20. I actually like this new man management and it will help the test players recover and then be able to resume when ready. I think inverarity also has the world t20 in mind, so he is mixing and matching to see what he can come up with for the right squad. As for george Bailey being captain, he is very astute and thus is a very good choice as captain by Inverarity. The only trouble with this is, where will he bat, as he is not in the best of form.. As for people demanding warner to be captain, this is his first full international season really, where he has broken into the test side, and the t20 captaincy would be too much for him right now. vice captaincy will help him adjust. Hogg i beleive is a good selsction, but i would still have O Keefe around because if Lyon doesn't do well in the Adelaide test, then O'Keefe could press for selection for the windies. now i feel good :)

Posted by AKS286 on (January 24, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

after warne mcgill & hogg are the world class spinners Oz produced. but 1 thing i want from all the team is that make a complete seperate team for T20. T20 ruins the cricketers like tait & lee they are only for T20 not for test & odi. it also affects the fitness of cricketers. warner, baily, hodge, birt, d.hussey, thornely,m.marsh,hogg, mckay, lee,tait.

Posted by Aussieresurgance on (January 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Hogg is just the beginning! Cummon Hados, Warney - get the old unit back together and show how a real T20 outfit could play! My team in order = Warner, Haydos, Wade, D Hussey, Christian, M Hussey, M Marsh, Faulkner, Hogg, Lee Coach/Capt: Warne. They'd keep the pain coming for 20 overs as a batting unit, some good spin variations (Huss/Hogg/Warne), some mediums from Marsh and Christian, and Lee and Faulkner to open/close. All have been playing recently and the old fellas are showing they can still do it. Warne is the best capt option around... forget White/Bailey. This team could still mentor the young guys, just as the oldies in the test team are doing.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

i dont think its a good squad but dont know i dint follow BBL match by match player by player but what do australia want to say by having two 40 year old in their t20 squad really bizarre but surely they are targetting world t20 so they see them going till there lets see i think india should be able to beat them but aus confidence after test will be sky high and our confidence after test will be as low as possible this is new team lets see how it does but does it make any sense for a debutant bailey a non proven player to be captain of players like lee hussey shaun marsh david warner brad hogg and is it a risk worth just 4 matches before WT20 time will tell

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

How can you you say o'keefe is the best spinner in Australia if he was he would have bowled more than 1 over in the big bash semi final And he has just been injured so why recall a player that has played 2 t20 since injury It would be stupid recalling him And also ferguson could. NOt even get a game for the stikers so why would he be in the best 11 t20 team

Posted by DOGAR420 on (January 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Brett lee is the most senior plyr of present team ,,,he should be caption...howevr very good decisn of seletr recalling bred hogg,,,and team is godd...i hope Australia will win the T2o Series

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

The appointment of a new captain shows a good sign...... But WATSON and WARNER deserve it more than BAILEY!!!!!!!!!

The inclusion of HOGG shows two weaknesses: i) No spinner has secured his place in the AUSSIE team since post-WARNE ii) The T20I side seriously lacks experience......

So maybe even Mike Hussey could be considered as Interim Captain........

We will have to wait and see who leads them in T20I World Cup later this year!!!!!!

Posted by kardon on (January 24, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

I would have gone. 1.Warner 2. Birt 3. Hodge 4. Hussey 5. Fintch 6. Wade 7. Faulkner 8. Coulter-Nile 9. Mcdermot 10. Starc 11. Hogg.......... Could drop a batsmen for M Marsh or could even drop a bowler for another batsmen as Hussey is a solid spinner.

Posted by kardon on (January 24, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Nanes is a big shock omission. Dumbfounded why he was left out. Hogg is a good selection, he did bowl great in the BBL. But O'Keefe being left out is harsh. He is one of the better tweakers in the country and was a specialist t/20 player. But has been overlooked for doherty. Shame cause the kid has great potential as a test player. Also agree Coulter-Nile deserved a go and big Mcdermot would not have looked out of place. Could have been a good time to blood the young fella. Happy to see Faulkner get a shot hopefully. And no starc? The guy gets dropped for Adelaide on the back of some good swing bowling in perth and gets shunned all together?

Posted by anshu.s on (January 24, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Good selection indeed !! at the risk of sounding heartless n cruel i must say Cameron White had it coming,it's not a day late either...Bailey seems a curious choice,Hogg bowled well n hence it is deseved but not sure about Brett Lee,there could be a case for Nic Maddinson.Coulter-Nyle,Michael Neser,A.Mcdermmot,S'o Keefe .....what is noticeble is that none of the test fast bowlers have been picked,infact whole team is diferrent from test n 50 over teams which selectors here in India should consider,instead they didn't bother n announced the same team for t20 n 50 over formats

Posted by Meety on (January 24, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

I think come the W/Cup, we'll have a completely different side. For the W/Cup my side would be 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. S Marsh, 4. Wade, 5.M Hussey, 6. D Hussey, 7. Christian, 8. M Marsh, 9. O'Keefe, 10. Faulkner, 11. Lee - Reserves; Smith, Bollinger, AB Mac. I would rearrange the side if a certain 40 something year old blonde legspinner came out of Internatinal retirement & captain the side. Otherwise it would be Hussey & Watson as captains. The side could be considered light on in specialist pace bowling, but Watto, Christian & Lee are very experienced, could slot in Bolly who is IPL experienced which should count for something in SL. Basically it would be big swinging all the way thru the batting line up to Faulkner @ #10, with Lee capable of a few lusty blows as well! I did read somewhere where the average innings for a #7 is 7 balls in T20. So - this side would be issued with don't bother to occupy the crease. Hit out or go home!

Posted by BDHUNTER on (January 24, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Finally good team selected by AUS for T20, still i am wonder why some player got missing like Coulter-Nile ,D. HArris,Klinger,B. hodge,watto...........the inclusion of Hogg is a great revulation but it will be the best if they recalled Hayden also.

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 24, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Even Doherty could have made a good captain.. His decisions in BBL were good and the way he marshalled his team was good too.. Warner or Doherty could have been a lot sensible option for captaining.. Bailey need some time to set into international frame..

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 24, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

ah T20 we love it, the boys and i play it in the backyard all the time, thats because none of us have the concentration or technique to play real cricket ( superannuation for cricketers) but it is fun.

Posted by zenboomerang on (January 24, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

Good to see Bailey being captain - easily the best SShield & OD'ers captain... Realise that too early for Warner (with his workload) - only North other possibility... White lost form... Not sure about S Marsh, Lee... Unlucky to miss out are in form BBL bowlers Coulter-Nile, Starc & Coyte whose been a v.g. at the death bowler... For me (with what we've got) the T20 team is: Bailey, Warner, Wade, Finch, Birt, Hussey, McKay, Hogg, Doherty & 2 out of 3 from Christian, Faulkner, M Marsh... Benched - S Marsh, Lee...

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

I'm really puzzled by a few comments repeated throughout this thread. Yes, Hogg is old, but the T20 World Cup is in eight months and he's been given a chance with that in mind. It says this clearly in the article. The exclusion of Tait is based on poor form for more than year, finishing with a terrible Big Bash, in which he was left out of his side - is anyone honestly claiming a guy who can't keep a spot in a BBL team should be playing for Australia? Lastly, Steve O'Keefe just doesn't have the numbers behind him in the BBL - largely a product of only playing three matches, but you can't pick a guy on the form he might have shown.

Posted by Meety on (January 24, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

@ whitesXI - mate that comes down to mental toughness. Great players bounce back from being snubbed (S Waugh ring any bells), White is a good player, may make it back into the short form teams again but has been a dud for a long while now. == == == I think it is clear that this is a specific squad for a specific task. Watto will probably captain the side when returning from injury, I would also suggest that if fit Cummins, would be in this team, maybe even Bollinger, MJ & Pattinson. Hogg selection is an interesting role of the dice. Hogg was an average FC spinner, but was an extremely good ODI bowler/fieldsman/batsmen. I think he'll do very well - he may even get a bite from the IPL, they could do a lot worse!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

There's alot of negative comments here, but it seems it's from those that obviously didn't follow the Big Bash. This is just about the perfect team picked.

Posted by Dubious on (January 23, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Well Hayden, please tell me, who else is screaming out to get in the team?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

T20 was not introduced for the betterment of making sloggers and trundlers into high class TEST playing cricketers . The game is for the gate money , and it draws the younger ones to a game more like slap and tickle . It also allows them to get sloshed and partly undressed after a good dose of both , cold Beer and hot Sun . They pay their money and enjoy their stupidity . Good luck to them and that makes a good result . Been almost there , did that , and have many a T shirt for the record . It's good for anyone participating , whether ones in the crowd or out on the paddock . But as a serious game of cricket , it is not .

Posted by pj3000 on (January 23, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

The squad has an uneven feel to it. I agree with Wozza-CY (23 Jan, 5:02 AM) that Coulter-Nile deserved a run. As other posters say, O'Keefe is unlucky not to be there. I'm also a fan of SA's Daniel Harris. Is Dirk Nannes unavailable? He'd be the first quick I'd pick for 20/20. Should be in there in place of McKay. No issue with White being left out: he's done nothing for two summers. Good luck to George Bailey, I like him a lot.

Posted by Baundele on (January 23, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

In which aspect is Bailey better than White? Bailey is a below par cricketer, White is slightly better; but still below par. Hogg is a fun selection, liked it. However, I am missing McGill, Warnie and a certain Chris Gayle. ;)

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Bailey has had a distinguished player in domestic cricket and considering how much Tasmania has won in recent years, justifies his selection as captain. I would hate to think that his knockers who have written in response to this are saying this is because he is a Tasmanian. He should have been in the Australian one day time for some time now, but now that the selectors are having the guts to include some of the talented Tasmanians, yes they are talented, and their results recently back that up, rather than half and half NSW players like Steven Smith which is very pleasing. I also reckon Luke Butterworth is very unlucky not to make the cut here, he has had a very successful last couple of years. Cameron White has not been performing well for a number of seasons, so he needs to go back and learn how to play cricket again.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

I think its good selection, specially the recall of Brad Hogg. Mat Hayden must also be recalled.

Posted by AKS286 on (January 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

gud to see mckay in the team instead of brett lee one youngter should be given chance like coulter nile, edmondson, also desrve a position. instead of marsh thornely or jaques or white (not in captain) will be in the team. in nutshell gud team.

Posted by Omarrz on (January 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Okay, correct me if I am wrong. Is this article on Australian squad or Pakistani squad? International debut as a captain? Recall of a 40 year old? Coming out of retirement? A brand new team? Leaving out the best T20 batsman?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Brad Hogg is a legend, will never forget the season he spent in England with Warwickshire entertaining us. Wouldn't it be fantastic if he could have a swansong at the T20 World Cup!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

David Hussey deserved to be captain... Geo is avg....u need good players not just gud captain....T20 doesnt really need a captain.....a set of senior folks is enough....!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

brave decision by australia remember dhoni handed over t20 captaincy

Posted by Cric12345au on (January 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

I know some of you are thinking this is the worst side ever but if all players were fit then this would be the Squad- Warner, Watson, Birt/S Marsh, D Hussey, Wade( WK ), Bailey*, Christian/M Marsh, Faulkner, Lee, Cummins, Hogg. I don't know about u but that looks like a world-class T20 side. Still skeptical about Bailey though. My Team- Warner*, Watson, Birt, D Hussey, Wade( WK ), Finch, M Marsh, Faulkner, Lee ,Cummins, Hogg.

Posted by AidanFX on (January 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Picking a 20/20 is tough business - As much as I enjoy it - like it is said below in part I fail to take it seriously. I personally think Smith (omitted) is a walk in selection - but Hogg isn't such an irrational selection given there is a WC around the corner and his bowling has been nothing less than brilliant. So I would not put this selection in the category of a "Bryce McGain" - Overall there is a good blend of youth and experience. I am not convinced Lee (who is a champ) has much left in him; his stop delivery is kind of predictable and not lethal; though still quick - but in his experience he has learned variety in this form - but in terms of the WC - Pattinson is the guy to take his mantle, that I have no doubt - for now I realise he is on the injury list. I hope he returns for One Dayers. I think this squad is decent.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

He's averaging 19 in domestic T20, yet is viewed as the right guy to lead Australia as a batsman? Poor lad looks like he's on a hiding to nothing here.

Guess they can't really go much further down though...

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

victoria dominates the squad, again!

Posted by leftarmtweaker on (January 23, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Really brave from Australia, and I dare not blame them. Bailey, in my opinion is more of a first-class player, but you'll never know if you don't try! Great to see James Faulkner and Brad Hogg there. Two really useful cricketers. T20 Cricket shouldn't be taken seriously in any case, it's a bit of hit and giggle compared to ODI's and Test's.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

You must be kidding...Warner has not only got great hands bt also great thinking brain...Making him the captain was no brainer. This George experiment will backfire big time !

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

australia with this t20 squad is gonna thrash india!!! matthew wade is gonna stay in australia's limited over squad for a long time.. that's for sure... after all he has been an outstanding wicketkeeper batsmen in the bbl along with hobart's triffit. good bye to brad haddin!!

Posted by Vishnu27 on (January 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@OhhhMattyMatty: what's this "absolute crisis" that you speak of? I would've thought the only "absolute crisis" in cricket at the moment (outside of a shambolic India) was the house of cards of English cricket that came crashing down on a very decent pitch a few days back. Looks like your top order is complete & utter disarray, making a spinner who hardly spins the ball look mesmerising. The English selectors can't even pick the right bowlers for the conditions; leaving out Panesar (in preference for an extra quick; over there, of all places!), when he completely out bowled Swann in the match prior! The "absolute crisis" for you MattyMatty, is a lot closer to home.

Posted by Nish8738 on (January 23, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

WHat is going on here? the australian twenty20 team is taking team india so lightely!!! India is loosing test matches because of their green pitches. the pitch is flat for twenty20s and guys like suresh raina,kohli,rohit,dhoni are going to be way more dangerous because they just love the format.

Posted by AdamDthecricketer on (January 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

I agree with the squad just not the captain. Give Warner a go he actualy captained a BBL team. No offense to Bailey as a captain but its his first game representing Australia.

Posted by 200ondebut on (January 23, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Nice to see Oz are planning for the future. Should have brought in Dean Jones to strengthen the batting!

Posted by aj1991 on (January 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

George Bailey!!! Where did he come from? He looks as much out of form as White does. Warner should have been made the captain. Gr8 to see Hogg return! Unarguably the best spinner in BBL. Beer should have been given a chance in place of Doherty.

Posted by Jayco on (January 23, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Mostly it's not a bad team selection. But how on earth are they doing any better by replacing White with Bailey? I thought White should go but why Bailey? Better selection would have been a youngster like Maddinson. And captain could have been Dave Hussey, or even Brett Lee. (There's always been a real bias in Aust against selecting bowlers as captains, for some reason).

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

I too am a big fan of hogg,a left arm chinaman is a rather challenging bowler,but i hope he doesent bowl well against us!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

I wouldn't have had George Bailey or Dan Christian in the squad as neither are T20 players - both are good at ODIs and Christian is ideally suited to tests. If they are using T20s to see how good they are at the longer formats, then good, but why is Bailey captain? Just so that there is a professional captain with captaincy experience? An odd choice, to say the least. I would have rather seen Nic Maddinson play instead of Bailey and perhaps have someone like Brad Hodge instead of Dan Christian. As for a captain, I think that the experienced David Hussey would have made an excellent choice as captain. I am a bit nervous about Brad Hogg playing after just 1 good BBL season. Brad Hodge, the batsman, in comparison has had 4 or 5 outstanding seasons in a row and continues to be ignored.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

If Hogg's going to make a come back might as well ask Warne to come back for the world cup as well instead of messing around with orthodox finger spinners....

Posted by warneythebest on (January 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

recalling hogg is a good move... as the other spinners didnt really perform all that well in the chances that were given to them.... why isn't watson picked as the captain for T20's???? he is easily australia's most consistent T20 player.... this tour is not a ossibility bcz of he should be appointed the permanent T20 captain!!!!!!!!

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 23, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

as usual there are a lot of fools commenting who have a lack of brain. ill just clear some thing up shall i? ok so the australian twenty20 team is compiled from the best current performers and guys in form, due to the ridiculous amount of great t20 players available there will most likely be a lot of rotation, and because international t20 games are scarce, it has nothing to do with "building" a team or any of that crap. george bailey has been appointed purely on his brilliant and proven leadership over a long period, and he is a very very good t20 batsman, of course. bollinger is injured. there. not sure whats happened to white, he was the most brutal hitter in the game a couple of years ago.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Does't matter who is captaining that squad ! their fortunes are only in the hands of their opening batsman, if Warner / Marsh plays well they will win the game if not, they cant. Surprisingly like never before we are going to see a bowling attack with only one pace bowler. Given that Cummins/Pattinson/Tait and Johnson are injured, they should have included one among Starc/Nannes/Siddle/Harris.

Posted by Vincent49 on (January 23, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

I dont think australia should loose too much sleep as its only 20/20. If it were test or odi, that would be a different story.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Three fast bowling all-rounders in a single squad ? By looking at the performance of Faulkner and M.Marsh you could say that both of them deserved a place there, but what has Dan Christian done ??? still persisting with him despite poor form, he is going to be the next C.White. Interestingly both of them are earning huge amounts from Deccan Chargers (Just because of Darren Lehmann), had they gone into auction this season i dont expect any franchise would wish them to have in their team, how lucky they are really !!!!

Posted by OhhhMattyMatty on (January 23, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

LOL! Australia are in absolute crisis! They know they are so far behind England and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Wait a minute, is Bailey going to debut for Australia, and also be the captain of the side? Really? WOW!

Posted by chickenpoo on (January 23, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

I love Brad Hogg, he's a decent bloke who always has fun when playing cricket he deserves another go...i've seen him bowl with the Perth Scorcher and he is ripping them both ways! Sad to hear that White is gone though

Posted by AndyMack on (January 23, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

No Callum Ferguson, no Steve O'Keefe???

And how is George Bailey anywhere near good enough to be in the squad, let alone as Captain. Bit of a joke.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

when is watson returning??

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 23, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Hogg is the best ever LOI spinner for the Aussies apart from Warne.. He was awesome in his days and ended with a rather premature retirement.. Good to see him back in international colors.. All the best Hoggy..

Posted by switchgrind68 on (January 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

George Bailey as Australia's new T20 captain is definitely a surprise, and I'm not sure if it's a long term decision. He is definitely a talented cricketer, and a hard worker but there's other better options for Australia's T20 captaincy. David Hussey is a prime contender, don't understand the Aussie selection panel's reluctance to make him the T20 captain. In the current squad, even David Warner could've been tested as the leader. I feel once Shane Watson returns, he should captain the Australian T20 side. Brad Hogg's inclusion is definitely a good one, as he's in great form and has been a rage among the crowds during the ongoing Big Bash League. A definite fairytale return to international cricket.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

So, replace an out-of-form average batsman with another? Smells like selectors of old.

Posted by Paddy83 on (January 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

you didnt name the squad guys.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

good team but i would have gone with david hussy as captain because it will only be a temporary position till watson comes back

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

It seems the biggest lesson of the Perth Scorcher's success has been missed. The Scorchers came into the competition with the weakest team, and while people have been quick to celebrate the form of Gibbs, Hogg and Marsh, they've missed it is the structure of the team that's led to much of their success. The Scorchers play only four batsmen plus an all-rounder and keeper, leaving space for five bowlers supported by the all-rounder. It gives you can depth in spinners and quicks, and means you are never forced to get four overs from a bowler who's having a bad night. Look at the semifinal, where the Melbourne Stars picked only three specialist bowlers supported by two all-rounders. Faulkner and Bird got collared but White didn't have any other bowlers, their 8 overs cost 79. This approach allowed the Stars batting down to no 8, but by the time Wade came to the crease there was five overs left and too much for him to do. Bowling variety seems more valuable than batting depth.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Cameron White not even in the side. Thats a funny selection. Shocked with such a wild selection. Also , no steven smith who is so effective with his bat as well as ball. i can Challenge Ind will beat Aus in the two t20's...

Posted by stormy16 on (January 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Its about time Aus forgot about White but not sure about Baily who is not a regular in the other formats. May be its just for the T20 WC which would make sense but its rather radical to have an unknown chap captain your national side. I would think Mike Hussey would be the best option for the T20 WC and this would have been the opportunity to give him some experience. Hogg was probably one of the most underrated players thanks to Warne and co but this guy is a real problem for his opponents. I bet all team discussions would have time devoted to handling Hogg as he is all very awkward and if you havent played him, he will trouble him. Good on him to make a comeback but even better on Aus to consider such an old player - never would have imagined that a few years ago.

Posted by Favell on (January 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Cameron White tried to make himself into a Test batsman, stopped bowling, and ruined his own game. He forgot how to hit the ball; he ceased to trust his eye and his batting got worse, not better, for making the decision not to bowl. No talented player has disappointed me more in this past decade. And I don't think his game can recover. Consistency was always a problem...except that I've rarely seen a batsmen so consistently caught in the outfield. The only way White's came can make something of a recovery is to keep the ball on the ground, but then he doesn't has the ability to place the ball as deftly as say, D & M Hussey. Cam White may be finished forever at international level...a great pity because at his best he was dynamite to watch.

Posted by whitesXI on (January 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

I've got to say I don't really understand this decision. I realise White has been woefully out of form, but Bailey hasn't set the world on fire. I've watched White over the last couple of years lose confidence after the selectors dump him in favour of other players, who IMO haven't deserved the selection and so far have not really proved me wrong and this feels like another instance of it. For everyone who may say White wasn't a good T20 captain, Aus has used T20 as a format to bring in young talent, bring out of from players into form and trial players on the verge of test or ODI selection under pressure situations, rather than try just trying to win. In SA selectors looked at Marsh Cummins O'keefe Pattinson, most of these did well and Aus drew the series but when Warner failed on both occassions White played a big part in getting us in position to win with the bat, but had give the overs to the people selectors were trialing, not match winners.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Warner would have been better option

Posted by wix99 on (January 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

I think it's an excellent squad and shows the new selection panel have a good focus on the future. There are a few old hands like Brad Hogg and Brett Lee in there, but they fully deserve to be based on their recent performances.

Posted by CouldB2 on (January 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

"Mike is being rested for this". Mike "has not played a T20 international in a year and a half". Under the new" rotation" policy, will Mike receive full match payments for the two games he misses against India? Has Brad Hodge also been rested?

Posted by Sakthiivel on (January 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

George Bailey Superkings Rules.........

Posted by unregisteredalien on (January 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Brad Hogg! The happy postman, the grinning 'groper! I'm amazed, I'm excited, I tip my hat to the selectors and of course to the man himself. Great to see him teamin up with another wily veteran in Brett Lee. Looks a very well-balanced squad overall in fact.

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Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Its a good squad selected, its good to see steve smith totally out of the picture, also good decision to drop cam white, I would have made David Warner captain, but Bailey is a clean hitter so he deserves his place. They've picked Christian and Mitch Marsh, well imo only one of them can fit into the XI and I think Finch may be benched also, because Travus Birt is in such good form of late.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

114 runs @ 19 shouldn't get you into the team, instead it qualifies you as captain. Makes you feel sorry for the ones that have performed and not been selected. Looks like White was only 59 runs short of being retained as captain. It just emphasizes how much of a joke of a format this is anyway, I guess.

Posted by BeyondPerception on (January 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Haha, I know Hogg personally, and he is thrilled with the recall, but no too surprised. He had seen it coming for weeks.

Posted by KK_Cricket on (January 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

What a squad.. Absolute dashers in there..Birt is in his form of life, Hogg is bowling superbly.. Goes to show that age does not matter if you are peforming... Think India should go in with 2 spinners... These 2 T20s would be very interesting... With so many power hitters on show, expect full houses.. Great treat for Aussie cricket fans...

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

OMG!! His 1st int Match is His Captaincy!!! Wheres Australia Cricket Going? White should drop...Warner Should be the Captain when Kangaroos Coming to Here @ Srilanka..... its seems to be a Balance side...

Posted by zeden165 on (January 23, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Such a pity 2 see Cam..being dumped from the can be blamed only for himself..averaging a a T20 Big bash for an Australian captain and front line batsmen is a SHOCKER...not too long ago White was a great performer both in the ODIs and T20s as a dangerous middle order batsman,but since the WC last year his form has taken the downward trend...Its a sad tale..I am Sri Lankan who enjoyed White's striking..but looks like it wont happen anytime soon :(

Posted by DrAgonEdd1e on (January 23, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

well i'll be, i never thought I would live to see the day where White is dropped from the team... chance after chance after chance what a big failure that guy is.... cant believe he was ever captain of anything let alone a national side ... bench warmer or water boy is all hes good for.

Posted by woodhaven on (January 23, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

thats a brand new team, almost all new players. i wish bangladesh make one separate t20 team. the players who are capable of playing t20 dont play in this format and thats why their t20 performances are so poor.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

bowling department is on the light side than what is expected of the aussies!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Where is the aussie mascot Steven Smith ?

Posted by Wozza-CY on (January 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

No Coulter Nile? A good squad otherwise.

Posted by anuajm on (January 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

To my Aussie friends out here, can somebody tell me why Steve Keefe is not getting selected. I have heard him being one of the best, but he never seems to get his chances when so many different spinners have been tried!!

Posted by Emancipator007 on (January 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Sometimes, you need to reward vast experience and stupendous international achievements with captaincy of a national team and especially so in the shortest format. Instead of an unproven international player (would Bailey gain the respect of Hogg, Husseys,Lee and even Marsh and Warner), Brett Lee could have been made the captain in what could be his swansong year in international cricket. India did that with Kumble in Tests at an advanced age and he acquitted himself admirably. Hoggy coming back at 41 is a real surprise. What next, Ganguly as Indian Test captain at 39 still capable of gutsy 50s at no. 6?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

That's one scary looking T20 outfit. There is no doubt in my mind that England will not retain the T20 crown. I think that on paper, Australia will be the side to beat.

Posted by anver777 on (January 23, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

What about Warner's appointment for T20 captaincy ??? Arthur recently commented that he is capable of leading the Aus side, then why not start with captaining T20 !!!

Posted by pksports on (January 23, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I think that there should be more T20 international played between teams. Playing two games against each country each serious isnt enough. They should play a minimum of 5 that the team has time to jell. Also i think it is a bit strange to give the captaincy of Australia T20 side to player who hasn't even play international cricket yet. David Warner should have got the captaincy.

Posted by landl47 on (January 23, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

An interesting squad, since the selectors can't seem to decide whether they are looking forward or back. Is Brad Hogg really the future of Australian cricket? If not, what is he doing in this side? Admittedly, he's probably the best spinner available, but given the state of spin bowling in Australia, that's like being the world's tallest dwarf.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 23, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

steve smith, coutler-nile, starc, brad hodge, okeefe, dan harris, cal ferguson, shaun tait all pretty stiff

Posted by ajayrcs on (January 23, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

What! I am totally surprised specially Bailey as captain, My question is who will captain Australia in T20 world cup? Well i am happy White is not captaining the side. And welcome bac Hoggy. Pretty good squad except the two Lee and Christian. who haven't done enough to impress anyone. Lee have been an average bowler through his career whereas Christian is an avarage all rounder.

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 23, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Bailey come directly as captain? Watto could be a good choice if he plays.. I thought Warner could make a better captain too!!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Big call to dump your captain. But from what I saw in the Big Bash it's certainly justifiable. The Bear just didn't look himself and had plenty of games to get a start only to fail each time.

He's selected for his batting now (I know he used to bowl part time leg-spin), so if he can't prove his form he should make way for people who can.

Posted by kangaroussy on (January 23, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

so, statsnerds, is this the first time an international captain has been dropped from the side, to be replaced as captain by an international debutant? surely it is...

Posted by Meety on (January 23, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Now the squad has been selected, I'm fairly impressed! I'd probably would have had Ferguson in the squad, & I'm not overly impressed by Bailey, but it's a good squad. LOL - re: Hoggy! The postman delivers again! I wonder if Stuey would put his hand up for a recall. Old timers T20 XI 1. Hayden, 2. Gilly, 3. Hodge, 4. Symonds, 5. Martyn (he put his name in the ring for the IPL recently), 6. Hopes, 7. Hogg, 8. Lee, 9. Warne, 10 S Clark, 11. MacGill,

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 23, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

woah!!? yes bailey is a great captain, but, i wouldnt have had him in my team though.. but brilliant to see hoggy in the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! faulkner and marsh, two greatest young allrounders in the world, mckay is an interesting choice he has beaten out some amazing players to get that spot, thought coulter-nile deserved it more. no shaun tait? interesting that their is only 2 fast bowlers but 3 fast bowing allrounder, great way to go. so hard to find the very best due to the shear volume of superstar players to pick from but i think they have done a good job. im guessing cummins and watson arent going to be fit?

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

I didnt think Bailey was too good in the big bash this year either. Cant argue too much more about the squad. the only other player i can think of would be young mcdermott from the heat. thought he bowled excellent. Think they got everything pretty good. Well done selectors, although not 100% sold on Bailey but not totally against it either.

Posted by donda on (January 23, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

This new australian team is totally different from the regular test and ODI team. Australia might be the only country with a total different team for T2020. I hope this method works but more international experience is always better than no international experience. ODI experienced players are also not in this squad. It looks like Australia B team. But as this is a step forward towards building a strong seperate T2020 champion team, let's see how this work out.

M. Hussey would have been a great inclusion in this team with his last WC SF most amazing performance. How could you not select M. Hussey. I don't get it.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Just need Watson back and firing and this T20 team will be very strong.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

why there is no Bollinger or Starc in the team considering their good hows in the Big Bash and IPL. Also why are they ignoring Hussey after his incredible knock against Pak in the SF while recalling a much older Hogg. Quiney and Blizzard definitely deserves a chance and if so much importance is on form there should be a place for Hodge also. This selection is definitely not a collection of the best t20 players in the country.

Posted by Busie1979 on (January 23, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

This is really tough team to select because so much comes down to luck with T20 cricket. I like watching T20 cricket but cannot take it seriously.

Bowlers get wickets if batsman play silly shots. Batsman swing and hiope - and either get a quick fire 50 or do not score much. White was short on luck, so has been dropped.

Tough call on Mike Hussey. He is hardly a fielding liability and has the game for T20.

Only 2 guys have been picked from the test squad. If this selection is based on Big Bash form, what chance do guys like Hussey, Siddle, and Hilfenhaus have to prove themselves?

Cameron White is a great T20 player and has the game to score seriously quick runs.

Bailey wouldn't even get into the Australian 2nd XI. For me, either White, Jaques, Hussey or Hodge should have been picked.

Once again, O'keefe has been overlooked for some reason.

Posted by andrew-schulz on (January 23, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

Two clicks of a mouse from this article and you will find that Australia are indeed 5th in the 20/20 rankings. This side will smash India, but it still seems to have too much of a mix of the not-yet-ready and the way-past it.

Posted by Pak121 on (January 23, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

wat?? captaining on your debut??? never heard of that

Posted by WACAMan on (January 23, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

Looks like the selectors are getting it together, getting Hoggy in the squad is fantastic news. Could not of happened to a nicer guy! He has made the difference for the Scorchers this year. Sorry to say White has not put the runs on the board so dropping him seems the logical choice.

Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (January 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

the squad look really good. I would have considered Rob Quiney as well but the team looks good anyways.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (January 23, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

George Bailey is a good T20 player and captain. However he has not played for Australia in any format yet to be just appointed directly to the captain's role, so the job should have gone to the more experienced and equally impressive David Warner. Brad Hogg is not a bad choice but Brett Lee's best days are behind him.

Posted by Heisenburg on (January 23, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Great to see White dropped, and nice to see Hogg in, he's been bowling well, but what happened to O'Keefe? Best spinner in the country dropped, who knows how to bat, seems like a poor decision.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Hoggy's back! What a legend, going to be great to see him in aussie colours again. I reckon there's going to be quite a few international players struggling to read him. No substitute for experience and proper spin - as both Hogg and Ajmal have demonstrated of late...

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

im shocked at the return of brad hogg i thought they will be building this team with a lot of youth and i was surprised by giving the captaincy to george bailey but overall fine with the squad

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Bizzare for me that they just can't find any quality batsmen. Warner aside i just don't see them consistently taking apart bowling attacks.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

great to see hoggy back!

Posted by crow_eater on (January 23, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Good on Inver's he keeps getting it right. Cameron White had no place as captain in the T20 squad. It's always seemed a consolation prize for him missing out in tests & one dayers.

Posted by VinnieVincent on (January 23, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Australia still take the wrong approach to this form of the game. Captain Schmaptain, name the 6 best/in form batsmen/sloggers, a couple all rounders and the bowlers and then pick a captain from that lot. Bailey has done bugger all in T20.

Posted by Meety on (January 23, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Hmmmm "...Bailey, a team-mate of White at the Melbourne Stars, has not been in outstanding form either, having scored 114 runs at 19." Just doesn't quite sound like "outstanding" to me. Good for Bailey - happy for him. Not quite sure that he is the man for T20s. White has really nosedived over the last 18mths or so!!!!

Posted by Android4 on (January 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Errr, why George Bailey? He has done NOTHING in T20. Why not Marcus North - he's killing it! Such a typically mindless decision. Didn't Australia A get spanked in that game against NZ?????

Posted by kapowie on (January 23, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Hmm. Interesting, Im not sure Bailey is the answer. Perhaps a stop gap measure until Watson is fit again. On a different note, it is very sad to see that Cameron White has somehow forgotten how to play cricket. Has not played a good game since the semi final of the last T20 world champs against Pakistan. Will Brad Hogg be rewarded for an awesome Big Bash season with a spot or will the spinners spots be taken by Doherty and O'Keefe. What a fairytale if Hoggy gets the nod

Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

David Warner should be captain.

Posted by smudgeon on (January 23, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Wow, big news! Well done, George! And here I was thinking the "big news" I've been hearing rumours of was that you were pregnant. Quite an unexpected, but wise, choice - George's captaincy in Tasmania over the past few seasons is marked with success and leading by example.

Posted by dsig3 on (January 23, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

And he is out!!!! Why did they make Cam T20 captain in the first place, thats the real question. He is a very good and successful domestic player but never coped in the big leagues.

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