New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 26, 2011

Starc, Pattinson, Siddle, Cutting to set pace for Gabba


Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Cutting have been named as the Australian pace quartet for the first Test against New Zealand after the new selection panel took a balanced approach to the injury dramas surrounding the naming of the squad.

The selections, announced by the national selector John Inverarity, suggest a combination tailored to the Gabba, as Trent Copeland, a Test debutant in Sri Lanka and first reserve in South Africa, was overlooked.

"Unfortunately Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Patrick Cummins, Ryan Harris and Shaun Marsh are unavailable for selection due to injury and Michael Beer and Trent Copeland are the players to have missed selection after being part of the Test squad in South Africa," Inverarity said.

"The absence of these players obviously provides a great chance for David Warner, James Pattinson, Ben Cutting and Mitchell Starc to come into the squad and perform on the international stage and I know that is an opportunity they are all looking forward to Although injuries to those key players are not ideal, this provides an opening for these promising young players to come into the Australian squad and further their development.

"David, James and Mitchell have been in and around the Australian limited overs squad at various times recently and showed that they have the talent and skills required to perform on the international stage This is obviously the first time Ben Cutting has been included in an Australia squad and he has impressed us with his performances in the Sheffield Shield this year and this is reflected in his success at the competition's leading wicket-taker.

"Trent has had a lack of opportunities to push for selection in recent times. He will be disappointed but will work hard with New South Wales and I have no doubt he will again be putting his hand up for inclusion with good performances for his state."

Starc, Cutting and Pattinson provide the youth and aggression in the attack, with Starc's imposing record at the Gabba and left-arm variety helping to earn him a berth. In first-class matches Starc has taken 12 wickets at 18.41 at the ground, while he also claimed 4-27 against Sri Lanka in his one ODI appearance in Brisbane last year.

Cutting has enjoyed a strong start to the summer for Queensland, impressing with his aggression, speed and also his lower order hitting.

Pattinson has been around Australia squads for some time, touring India last year and Sri Lanka in 2011. He was a narrow omission from the South Africa Test squad to make room for Pat Cummins, but is now in line for a debut at the Gabba.

As expected, David Warner was named to open the batting, while Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin were retained following their contributions to the Australian victory over South Africa in Johannesburg. Haddin has been named vice-captain to Michael Clarke in the absence of Shane Watson.

Test squad: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (vice-capt, wk), Peter Siddle, Ben Cutting, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    I want to see team australia with their past the last decade they didnot well in the all format of the game.but they won the world cup 1999-2007.that is real cricket they have done.but losing the ASHES SERIES all the aussie team playing doubtful.but one man in the team mr cricket HUSSEY done his job very well.i think they have a very good chance to come as a number one team in the world.newzeland tour & indian tour is very good platform to built their GLORY..I WISH GOOD LUCK...

  • Craig on November 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    while i do agree copeland should have been atleast considered for the 1st at the Gabba, hilfanhaus has just lost all form and mckay should have never got a cap in the first place! Copeland is the only bowler to debut in the last 3 seasons that has deserved his cap! He bowls the way test cricketers should bowl with line and length and dries up the runs which creates pressure. other then exceptional bowlers what did warne and mcgrath excel at? Creating pressure forcing the bad shot from the batsman! Johnson, cummins, siddle, beer, lyon, mckay, george and bolly all bowl to many bad bowls an over which go for boundaries. I think Arthur is a great choice as australian coach but his first order of business is to get his bowlers to stop leaking fours and learn how to build pressure. when that happens we will be in a position to take 20 wickets in a test!

  • Craig on November 29, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Why hasnt anyone suggested lyon getting dropped and starting with all 3 young quicks and siddle? Lyon has done his job well but brisbane has never been a spinners wicket, its always been a seamers wicket. Gone are the days when we had warne we bowled well just about everywhere, we need to be picking our best bowlers for the wicket we are about to be playing on. Clark can be our spin bowler if needed. What happens if one of our bowlers is getting spanked or worse gets injured? With no wato if leaves us with only 2 quicks and lyon. not the best situation to be in.

  • Roo on November 29, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @Meety... Agree - we really must learn to pick a bowling team that suits local conditions... We used to send Alderman to Eng Tests because of his prodigious swing in their conditions... Don't know is Coulter-Nile will have to wait that long... CA Chairman Wally Edwards (WA), Chief Selector John Inverarity (WA), Coach Mickey Arthur (ex-WA coach)... aka tongue in cheek... lol...

  • Roo on November 29, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @mehulmatrix... I thought you were referring to the current selections... You are talking about the old selectors - a different paradigm & the past has gone... The new selectors goal is to rotate bowlers & I assume batters... I agree about Hauritz & he can bat @8... I've watched Peter George a lot - goes through good/bad patches... He wouldn't be considered a no.1 or 2 bowler today, so would have to compete with Copeland & many other competent no.3 bowlers... Why don't you wait before condemning Warner as you probably did Cummins & give us your pick as opener... The time when we didn't rotate bowlers we had Siddle, Johnson, Bollinger & Hilfy bowling creamcakes & we got smashed...

  • David on November 28, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Being a New Zealander I cant say I am unhappy with the current situation that the Australians find themselves in leading into the series(form and player injuries). I would add however that with optimism comes caution as We are playing Australia and it is a Test match, which would in nearly every instance for at least the majority of my lifetime would mean complete and utter destruction....for NZ.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    These Australian selectors have no respect for experience and are completely out of their minds... why would you bring in three uncapped players i.e. Pattinson, Starc, Cutting when you already have reserve pacemen with Test experience such as Ben Hilfenhaus, Clint McKay and Trent Copeland... This creates a golden opportunity for NZ to win the test series in Australia after a gap of 3 decades...

  • Andrew on November 28, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @zenboomerang - the XI i picked was an emerging side who are "...Players who'd probably not get a guernsey for one reason or another for about 2 seasons." (I know Coulter-Nile is out for an estimated 6 weeks with a side strain). ree: Butterworth, I'm a fan, but I don't think he'll get selected for Oz. I think Faulkner will outshine him (bat & ball). IMO - Butterworth would be VERY good in England, it would be great having a "tail" that reads #8 O'Keefe, #9 Butterworth, #10 Cutting & #11 Cummins. Assuming they perform their primary task - they would be a difficult tail to get thru, with our first 7 not doing tooo flash, they might get a fair bit of action!

  • Andrew on November 28, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I know Coulter-Nile is injured, my selections were an Emerging XI who "...probably not get a guernsey for one reason or another for about 2 seasons."

  • Randolph on November 28, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Brad Haddin and his pathetic keeping are a plague on this team. He is almost as bad as Papua New Guinea's Geraint Jones, who was pathetic during multiple Ashes matches. The sooner we drop him and refresh this team the better!

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