India in Australia 2015-16 January 4, 2016

Uncapped Paris and Boland in Australia's ODI squad


Joel Paris has impressed Australia's selectors during his short domestic career © Getty Images

Joel Paris has been fast-tracked into the Australian ODI squad while Scott Boland and Kane Richardson are also included as pace bowling coverage in the 13-man group to face India in five matches.

A left-arm fast bowler and former standout Australia Under-19s prospect, Paris has performed strongly for Western Australia this season, having overcome a series of injuries that stalled his progress. He is highly rated by the assistant coach Craig McDermott, and the selector Trevor Hohns said Paris' ability to swing the ball made him attractive to the panel in all formats.

"He is coming along nicely," Hohns said at the SCG. "We find him exciting, particularly being a left-armer. Possible not quite as quick as Starc and Johnson but he swings the ball and he is tall and gets good bounce. We would like to encourage him as much as we can. We need to balance our attack for Test match cricket. He may need some more long form cricket but he is high on our agenda."

Paris, now 23, was a key member of Western Australia's Matador Cup-winning squad last summer, with 13 wickets at 12.92, and he was again productive this season with 10 one-day wickets at 22.40. The inclusion of Paris comes with Mitchell Starc still recovering from an ankle injury, and Pat Cummins (back), Nathan Coulter-Nile (shoulder) and James Pattinson (omitted) also missing from the squad that played in England last year.

Hohns also said Boland's call up was deserved after strong domestic displays in Sheffield Shield and 50-over matches, in which Victoria preferred him to the more experienced Peter Siddle. Boland has been part of Australia's squad for the Melbourne and Sydney Tests against West Indies but was not included in the final XI for either game.

"I was lucky to be present when he bowled WA out [in Perth]," Hohns said. "He was very impressive. His pace was good and his bounce was good. It was very high. He has come on and we know and knew that his short form cricket was very good for the past couple of years. He gets the opportunity and it is up to him to make the most of it."

There was no room in the squad for Shane Watson or Nathan Lyon, the World Cup-winning allrounder jettisoned in favour of Mitchell Marsh, and Glenn Maxwell considered sufficient as the only spin bowler. These selections allow Watson and Lyon to play out the remainder of the Big Bash League, and they are both thought still to be in the selectors' plans for the World Twenty20 in India.

"With the all-rounders that we have in our squad right now, with Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner and you can put Glenn Maxwell in that category, we think we're adequately covered for all-rounders," Hohns said of Watson. "Watto by no means is out of the picture either. It's a matter of him showing us what he can do.

"It was a bit of an issue, there's no doubt about that. We obviously would like to see him in better form. He's very well-performed, so he'll certainly come into consideration for that [the World T20]."

Hohns indicated that Josh Hazlewood is in line for a rest following the first two matches of the series in Brisbane and Perth, and also stated that the selectors were presently acceding to the captain Steven Smith's desire to play as many matches as possible despite ongoing knee soreness that requires periodic rest.

"There's no doubt we want to give Josh a rest, he's very important to us, as we all know," Hohns said. "We will certainly manage him, as per what the medicos' advice is. But with the first couple of games in Brisbane and Perth we thought it was essential to have him in the squad initially, because he normally bowls very well at both of those cities.

"Steven has made it very clear that he doesn't want a break. He's Australian captain and he wants to play just about all the time if he can, unless we're advised by the medical staff that he absolutely needs a rest. But he has made it very clear that he wants to play."

Ashton Agar, Joe Burns and Marcus Stoinis were all left out of the squad that played in England, with Aaron Finch returning after missing that series with a fractured foot and Shaun Marsh also included for the first time since he played against England in Hobart last January. The first ODI against India is on January 12.

Australia ODI squad David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Joel Paris.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Jonathan on January 5, 2016, 15:34 GMT

    @Annoyedofit, agree largely on Lynn, he is a massive talent but List A cricket is by far his worst format. May have some issues pacing his innings I suppose.

    @Uncapped, agreed, Stanlake looks a prospect, will probably gain a yard of pace too you'd think, unusual type of bowler, I just worry about that big frame trying to play test match cricket.

  • Matt on January 5, 2016, 13:00 GMT

    Looking to the future, Stanlake was impressive tonight. Only 4 overs of T20 I know but he looks a prospect.

  • Rahul on January 5, 2016, 7:50 GMT

    Khawaja deserves to come in the most, he was the best matador batsman in 2013 and 2014, scored a 100 in his must recent big bash game and is proven at the top level now

  • Basil on January 5, 2016, 7:40 GMT

    The Redbacks made the Final of the ODD cup but only have one representative. This is the sort of stuff you get used to as an SA supporter.....

  • vinod on January 5, 2016, 7:11 GMT

    @CARLWHYTE Bailey isnt old enough to be dropped..and he is in good form...lynn can wait fr the t20s....and so can head

  • Manu Mishra on January 5, 2016, 5:49 GMT

    Dunger.bob - Yeah hoping to be a good series. India has also got a young side for this tour that's why i wanted to see the best oz attack such that we can judge our batting line up against the best in the world. Hope to see same oz high standards

  • rob on January 5, 2016, 5:26 GMT

    @ Manu Mishra: Richardson, Boland and Mitch Marsh are all quick enough to make the ball hurry through. None of them are express pace but they can all break 140 pretty much at will. I saw Paris zip one through at 141 the other day but that was an effort ball. He's normally mid 130's. I think they've picked him because this is the off season for ODI's (3 yrs till next WC) and they want to see how he handles the pressure. When he's bowling well he reminds me of Trent Boult when he's bowling well, if that makes any sense. Then there's Faulkner. When he's on song, good luck with that. It's not our paciest attack but there's still a few herbs under the bonnet, don't worry. I think you can expect to see typical Aussie ODI decks.

  • Graham on January 5, 2016, 4:47 GMT

    Bengal_Tigers_Roar : YOu will get the same pitches in AUstralia that you do every time you come over. The pitches are not changed because of what bowling stock we have available. Predominanly if given ideal preparation they will be the normal roads however sometimes conditions in preparation change leading to the pitch being different. HOwever groundsman will do there best to prepare the pitch that they always produce.

  • Matt on January 5, 2016, 4:36 GMT

    Oh wait now I'm confused. The headline says I'm in the squad but can't see my name in the list of ins?

  • annoyed on January 5, 2016, 3:34 GMT

    @BENGAL-TIGERS-ROAR, Hazlewood is a "within Aus specialist only"? He averages 27 in England and less than 20 in the West Indies.

    Try again.

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