India in Australia 2015-16 January 9, 2016

Paris hoping for home ODI debut


Joel Paris has taken 14 wickets at 16.85 at WACA, which also happens to be his home ground © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

In the months after the 2011 World Cup, James Pattinson made his ODI debut. So did Pat Cummins. So did Mitchell Marsh. All players who have impacted international cricket, and who got their first chance near the start of a new World Cup cycle. Selectors view one-day cricket in four-year blocks, and after Australia lifted the trophy at the MCG last March, the search is now on for men who could become key players in the coming years.

The ODI series against India, starting in Perth on Tuesday, is Australia's first home one-day series since their World Cup triumph, and while the usual suspects will be there - Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell - there could be a very different looking pace attack. Two fast men are both in line for debuts, the Western Australian left-armer Joel Paris, and the Victorian right-armer Scott Boland.

Josh Hazlewood and James Faulkner are in the squad, as is Kane Richardson, so there is international experience among the fast men, but Australia's selectors will be especially keen to see how Paris and Boland handle the step up. At 23, Paris has impressed the selectors already with his bounce and swing; he has been a leading Matador Cup wicket taker in the past two seasons, even if he only made his first-class debut in November.

Part of that is down to injury preventing him from breaking into the Sheffield Shield last summer but now at full fitness, Paris has been fast-tracked into the ODI squad in the absence of injured Mitchell Starc. He is every chance of making his debut on his home ground at the WACA, where he has taken all 14 of his first-class wickets at 16.85.

"If I do get the opportunity to play, it is going to be a fantastic crowd in WA and being my home state as well, little bit of nerves but I think that is a good thing," Paris said in Perth on Saturday. "I will certainly be using that as a positive rather than a negative.

"It has been a tough couple of years. I have not played a lot of cricket over the last couple of years. I had a quad injury last year that kept me out for the majority of it, and then earlier in the pre-season I had a bit of a relapse with it again. I was not really sure if I would play any cricket this year and fortunately it has worked out pretty well so far."

Paris has the height to extract good bounce and worry the Indian batsmen on the WACA surface, but swing is a key weapon for him, and he knows what works best for him is not always digging it in too short. He will also be keen to play the second ODI at the Gabba, a venue that has brought him the remarkable figures of 7 for 47 from two List A games.

"It's no secret here and the Gabba are the two pitches in Australia that have the most bounce and carry," Paris said. "Especially here if you put the ball in the right areas, pitch it up and try and bowl full and swing the ball you're as good a chance as anyone of taking a wicket."

Boland, 26, also has strong recent form at the WACA, having bowled Victoria to victory there with 7 for 31 in the second innings of a Shield game in November. His state team-mate and ODI wicketkeeper Matthew Wade believes Boland could become a key death bowler for Australia, having worked hard at that part of his game in recent seasons.

"Scotty was already pretty good at that just with natural talent; he's worked really hard over the last 18 months to really hone those skills and be a finisher," Wade said. "That's probably got him picked in the Australian team, to be honest. He can bowl up front with the newer ball but his death stuff's been outstanding over the last 12 months. So he'll own that and hopefully dominate that for us."

Both Paris and Boland are expected to play at some point during the five-match series against India. And if they handle the step up to international cricket well, the best part of a four-year World Cup cycle remains for them to establish themselves in the ODI setup.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • landl47 on January 11, 2016, 4:33 GMT

    ANNOYEDOFIT ON JANUARY 10, 2016, 2:53 GMT @LANDL47, you accused him of low stamina. By playing every test proves that is simply not true.

    No, it doesn't. Anyone can play every test, they simply have to turn up and put on the sweater. The question is what they do once they're out there. Some bowlers, like McGrath, can keep going and going. Others, like for example Mark Wood of England, lose their effectiveness when they get tired. Hazlewood ran out of gas in England and was rested for the ODIs and it seemed to me that he did the same thing in the 5th and 6th tests of the summer here. I was surprised to see him in the ODI squad. @Hris: Hazlewood isn't express pace to start with so pace is not the issue. It's how much movement he gets, not what the speed gun shows. When Jimmy Anderson is having an off day, he still bowls the same pace, but the late swing and nip off the pitch isn't there. Hazlewood's still young, he'll learn to manage his body over time.

  • RVC-38 on January 10, 2016, 8:37 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob....Here's my vision for the future of the ODI and tests. A bowler like Mcgrath to strangle one end. Two out and out wicket taking pace men of high pace and high skill they should have names like Gillespie and Lee. A good reliable spinner maybe a Victorian called Shane who can either rotate with the Mcgrath type and let the two animals rip and tear in short, alternating bursts (hit the suckers with 240v of alternating current) OR take the lead and be the main man when it's a turner. I think that could work mate :)

  • Damien. on January 10, 2016, 8:23 GMT

    Dave, Finch, Bailey, JF, MM, Smith, Maxwell, Wade, & Josh would get the job done for mine......That side bats deep and has plenty of bowling options. MM needs to find touch but could replace SM if he doesn't come up to scratch. Only reason MM may be in the team for his bowling IMO ! JF bowls either the full ten or splits with Maxi. Batting looks pretty good, we've got to see Boland & Paris combo.... Agree with @Bob - re that Boland as I've seen in Big bash, he shapes the ball nicely so he's going to have to bowl well... Yep he's a handy bloke. May be another snore fest in this summer - but it ends up with 4-1 or 5-0 for Oz before the big tour of Nz !

  • hris on January 10, 2016, 7:56 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob it's important to have a couple of sets of good fast bowlers when you have speed demons like Cummins and Starc. Which we do. I doubt all of them(Starc,Cummins,Pattinson,Hazlewood) will be together for long length of time but expect a perfect storm top to hit in a few years when all are for fit and in form for a year or so. No team will be wanna meet them then.

  • popcorn on January 10, 2016, 7:45 GMT

    The Selectors have chosen the RIGHT bowlers at the RIGHT Time.Joel Pars and Scott Boland will get a good induction.

  • dunger.bob on January 10, 2016, 5:19 GMT

    @ Peter_The_Average: I reckon Bailey should be a good chance. He's about the only thing keeping the Hurricanes afloat so far. Just about every time I've seen them Bailey has pulled off one of those backs to the wall counter attacking specials of his. He's just a calm old pro who delivers the mail more often than not. I think he calms his batting partner as well by showing the way out of the pit. .. He's got to at least be in the squad imo.

  • dunger.bob on January 10, 2016, 4:59 GMT

    @ Hris: Well said. He lost the plot a bit in England but I'm betting he will have learnt a lot from that. .. Here's my vision for the future of the ODI and tests. A bowler like Hazlewood to strangle one end. Two out and out wicket taking pace men of high pace and high skill. A good reliable spinner who can either rotate with the H'wood type and let the two animals rip and tear in short, alternating bursts (hit the suckers with 240v of alternating current) OR take the lead and be the main man when it's a turner. .. Some decent overs from the batsmen or a batting all-rounder and bob's your uncle. .. The thing is, if we could only catch a break for once, we could realistically achieve that sometime in the next 2 years. Seriously, we could. We have the cattle, right now, it's just that half of them are injured. The one and only good thing about that is that they're all still young enough so that if it ever did come together, they could rampage around the planet for 6- 8 years.

  • Peter_The_Average on January 10, 2016, 4:13 GMT

    It will be interesting to see who gets in the T20 squad considering the WC is near. Lyon and Watson should return and if they are rewarding BBL form Behrendorff is a certainty. Lynn and Head are also in great form so they might get a game also

  • HatsforBats on January 10, 2016, 3:43 GMT

    @Landl47, it's a bit simplistic to say Hazelwood ran out of steam; his pace was consistent throughout and he wasn't dropping short at the back end of the summer. Like Dunger.Bob mentioned he beat the bat plenty without getting the reward and on another day could've taken plenty. It may be that he is the anti-Cook (who doesn't sweat, in a strange, alien-like manner), he tends to look red-faced after a couple of overs but he's got plenty in the tank.

  • hris on January 10, 2016, 3:16 GMT

    Hazlewood won't be picking many wickets on pitches like Perth/Gabba earlier in the year, but to be honest that puts him in the same bracket as Southee/Boult who mirrored his fortunes. The thing that is being overlooked is he's been building pressure at one end. He had the best economy rate in the WI series(barring O'keefe who played half a game) in spite of struggling to take wickets in the last 2 games. That is what was missing in the Ashes. He bowled well at Cardiff and Lords but then leaked runs in the later games which is quite uncharacteristic. But it's good to see he's improving. I never expect him to blow away team on easier pitches, that's the job of Starc, Pattinson, Cummins. But if he can maintain his accuracy when the pitch is not offering much, it will help the team. And lets cut him some slack, he just turned 25, his first year in test cricket has been excellent all things considered.

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