India in Australia 2015-16 January 12, 2016

Hastings to cover for resting Mitchell Marsh

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Mitchell Marsh's elevated place in Australia's plans has been underlined by the national selectors' decision to rest him from the second ODI against India in Brisbane in order to give him an extra day's rest at home in Perth.

While Marsh played only a limited role in Australia's Test summer, his participation in all six Tests left the panel to conclude he needed some rest amid limited-overs assignments that prelude February's tour of New Zealand. The Victorian John Hastings has been duly requisitioned from the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League side to be part of the ODI squad in Brisbane.

"Mitch is a tremendous asset to Australian cricket and we are conscious of managing his workload and his travel, especially with so much cricket to come during the rest of this summer and beyond," the selection chairman Rod Marsh said. "By taking this decision we have opted to give him an extra day at home in Perth after match one, before he flies to Melbourne on Thursday to prepare for Sunday's third match of the series.

"In John Hastings we have a high-quality replacement, a player who has been in excellent form for the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing BBL. John also showed his quality with a match-winning spell of 3 for 21 in the decisive one-day international of the series against England in Manchester in September, so we know what he can do if called upon.

"At this stage John will be with the squad only for game two but should we suffer any injuries to our bowlers in either Perth or Brisbane then we may look at retaining his services for longer."

Hastings will thus miss the Stars' next BBL match against the Brisbane Heat in Melbourne on Thursday, before likely returning in time for their final qualifying match ahead of the tournament finals.

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  • Sanj747 on January 14, 2016, 1:10 GMT

    @BIG-DOG agree with you but as @SMUDGEON righfully said Marsh has bowled better than he has batted. On our batting I think Finch should be dropped and is highly overrated. If S Marsh is the next in line he should replace Finch, otherwise the best choice is to open with Khawaja.

  • HDG1978 on January 13, 2016, 18:14 GMT

    @ANKUR_VIRU Lyon is not a regular in the Aussie ODI side with just 8 appearances in 4 years and if played would be the weakest link in the Aussie attack against especially India,who are known to dominate spinners,though the current lot are definitely suspect against quality spinners. Pattinson has 16 ODI wickets@42.56 in 15 ODIs in nearly 5 years since making his debut on the 2011 ODI tour of Bangladesh. Warner is on paternity leave while Voges last played for Australia in ODIs on the 2013-14 tour of India. OZ selectors might rate him highly but Marsh's 19 wickets @ 33.21 in 24 ODIs means he is just starting out and is not of the stature of Kallis or even as good as Watson enough to put fear in the heart of the opposition. Starc is out with injury and needs to be preserved as the absence of their new spearhead after the retirement of Johnson may spell doom for Australia's chances of winning the only ICC tournament not on their CV-the T20 WC.Only Cummins absence is baffling.So chill.

  • Havealendofitind on January 13, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    Bring back Tait the wild wild child and let him send some beamers down Kohlis throat.

  • Havealendofitind on January 13, 2016, 7:06 GMT

    Sran will be an also ran by the series end....

  • SamRoy on January 13, 2016, 6:53 GMT

    @CHICKO1983 Only 10 of them. Starc, Cummins, Pattinson, Hazlewood, Beherendorff, Hilfenhaus, Coulter-Nile, Stanlake, Siddle and Paris. Hastings and Laughlin are worse than Vinay Kumar.

  • Big-Dog on January 13, 2016, 6:36 GMT

    Marsh hasnt scored any runs or taken any wickets. What does he need a rest for?

  • chicko1983 on January 13, 2016, 6:25 GMT

    @Samroy: Starc, Cummins, Pattinson, Hazlewood, Bird, Beherendorff, Sayers, Hastings, Singh, Mckay, Richardson, Bollinger, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Coulter-Nile, Fekete, Laughlin, Stanlake, Boland and Paris. All would walk into the Indian ODI team at the moment, if fit.

  • Uncapped on January 13, 2016, 4:52 GMT

    Radio during game suggested marsh may have pulled a hammy. Must have been cramp as nothing mentioned since?

  • HatsforBats on January 13, 2016, 3:19 GMT

    Hastings is a quality cricketer with plenty of experience, he's a fine replacement. All ODI pitches are flat everywhere these days, with 400 being posted in most nations, they certainly need more life. And the bats need greater restrictions on legal thickness; Sharma's top edge over the keeper last night was ridiculous.

  • No_1_again on January 13, 2016, 2:36 GMT

    @PRETORIA_MASTER How soon have you forgotten about your pitches? We all know the scores how much ENG and SA made on that ground

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