South Africa in Australia 2012-13 October 26, 2012

Mitchell Marsh loses Australia A spot

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The allrounder Mitchell Marsh has missed out on being selected for Australia A because of his behaviour in South Africa over the past week. Marsh was one of several Perth Scorchers players who had a big night out in the lead-up to a must-win Champions League Twenty20 match and he and his brother Shaun were subsequently dropped from the Scorchers' final match of the tournament.

It has also cost Marsh the chance to play against South Africa in a three-day match in Sydney starting next Friday. The Australia A team will be captained by the Victoria allrounder Andrew McDonald, one of four players with Test experience in the side along with Phillip Hughes, Tim Paine and Steven Smith, and while there are plenty of allrounders in the 11-man team, Marsh is not one of them.

"Four or five days ago we had a squad of 15 that we were looking to mould and Mitch was in that," the national selector John Inverarity said. "What's happened in South Africa recently didn't help his cause there. It's up to the WACA to deal with that and they will deal with that appropriately. As soon as that has been dealt with and whatever sanctions they have in mind…when that's finished he'll be very much back on the radar.

"Mitch is a good lad but apparently there was alleged to be an indiscretion there. I'm sure we've all had indiscretions in our time. But he'll come back onto the radar. He's a very good cricketer, a very promising cricketer and a cricketer that Australia needs to develop."

When asked if Marsh's name was taken off the list of 15 specifically because of the events in South Africa, Inverarity said: "Yes, his name was taken off the list because of what's happened recently. Mitch is a lively 21-year-old and a very good cricketer. I feel really confident he will kick on as a young man and as a player. I'm sure he will."

Inverarity, a former Western Australia player, said the incident in South Africa, in which players were believed to be out on the town celebrating Marsh's 21st birthday, was a concern for the culture of cricket in the state.

"There are concerns there, the concerns are fairly widespread, yes," Inverarity said. "We want cricket to have a very healthy culture in all parts of Australia, and I think in WA there need to be some changes and they need to pull up their socks."

Two Western Australia players made the Australia A side, the fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and the opener Liam Davis. Victoria's prolific opener Rob Quiney was also included, along with the Tasmania batsman Alex Doolan, who made 149 for the Tigers earlier this month against South Australia, followed by a fighting 95 in the ongoing match against Victoria at the MCG.

There was no place for Callum Ferguson, who impressed with a career-best 164 in this week's Sheffield Shield match for South Australia in Adelaide, nor for the Queensland batsman Usman Khawaja. Ferguson's century this week was his first major score in some time, after he averaged 32.40 in the Sheffield Shield last summer.

"We were delighted he made 160-odd the other day, which was terrific, the issue with Callum is consistency," Inverarity said. "We want him to do it again, and again and again. I think Phil Hughes really benefited by having an uninterrupted time at Worcester. He was there, he was settled, he made runs there, and we're looking for Callum staying with SA, batting at No. 4, batting under pressure and getting runs consistently."

There were plenty of allrounders picked in the 11-man group, including Smith, Moises Henriques and Glenn Maxwell. The new ball will be shared by Coulter-Nile and John Hastings, while other fast men including Jackson Bird and Luke Butterworth were overlooked.

The team will play the South Africans in Sydney ahead of the first Test, although the Australia A players cannot force their way into the Test side with performances in this match, for the Test squad will be announced on Monday.

"The national selection panel does not intend, at the moment, to include any of the players in this Australia A team in the squad for the first Test," Inverarity said. "Phillip Hughes, Rob Quiney, Liam Davis and Alex Doolan are four top-order batsmen who have played well recently and will have an opportunity to impress against the formidable South African pace attack.

"Rob Quiney has been very close to receiving recognition for some time and his sound technique and equable temperament should serve him well as an opener. Phillip Hughes has been in pleasing form and showing the benefits of his four month uninterrupted spell with Worcestershire and settling in well with his new team, South Australia.

"Andrew McDonald, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques and Alex Doolan have been in sparkling form recently. Following the unfortunate shoulder injury to Jon Holland, Glenn Maxwell has been given the responsibility of being the team's sole spinner. The NSP is very keen for him to develop as a genuine allrounder.

"John Hastings has made a splendid return from injury, as has Tim Paine, and John will share the new ball with Nathan Coulter-Nile, who impressed with Australia A in England a few months ago, as did Davis. They will be supported by the medium pace of McDonald and Henriques."

Australia A squad Phillip Hughes, Rob Quiney, Liam Davis, Alex Doolan, Andrew McDonald (capt), Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, John Hastings, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on October 28, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Moises Henriques, here is some1 i want to see in the aussie ODI team.. this guy is way better than Dan Christian, Cameron White...

  • on October 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Australia is rolling out the welcome mat with this attack. The subtext is :-Don't expect to get any meaningful batting practice ahead of the first test. Good tactics by Aus.

  • D-Train on October 27, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Seems like the selectors believe that playing in the next round of the Sheffield Shield is more important that a practice match. They've loaded the team with batsmen to see if there's anybody capable of putting their hand up for international selection. The state of our batting at the moment means there is definitely a spot available for guys who are putting in good performances.

  • ygkd on October 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Rob Quiney is one who didn't receive truckloads of opportunities as a youngster, but he's kept on, kept his head down and he's getting one now. Good on him. You don't have to be a particular fan of his to realise what he's had to do to get this far.

  • Wozza-CY on October 27, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I find this a bit of a strange squad. I feel as though Burns & Butterworth deserved a crack at international opposition, but support the selections of Hughes & in particular Doolan. Nearly all these bowlers could be considered as 'all rounders' and maybe that's the way modern cricket is going (check out top 15 scorers in SS stats).

  • unclefred59 on October 27, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    it will bee interesting to see how this experimental side goes against the South Africans. CA is just tossing combos of players together to see how they perform under match conditions and to see who has the fire in the belly to play test cricket!

  • AidanFX on October 27, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    I think this squad is decent - but saying we are not selecting some of our best pace bowlers to "protect them from injury" is a ridiculous concept. They run the risk injuring them selves representing their state. In any case, I see no merit to sheltering the players. It does not set a good precedence. I understand the game has changed but the obsession with managing players sometimes get dragged to insane proportions.

  • Mary_786 on October 27, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @Edwards_A is on the mark, guys players such as Khawaja, Burns and Cutting were not picked as they have a game with NSW at the same time which will be a more important test for them, good performances there are more important. This is not our best A side, far from it and its deliberate on the part of the selectors.

  • Beertjie on October 26, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Some very strange picks here. I'm with you @VivGilchrist on (October 25 2012, 23:49 PM GMT). Looks too much like one day team. Why Henriques, Maxwell, Ronnie Mac and no pace bowling prospects except NCN. Like you, I can't understand the absence of the 3 you mentioned. Agree with @Antir: "Also it seems that our all-rounders are better at batting than those who are supposed to be batsmen"! I get the point made about the SS matches being played concurrently, but there is also an opposing view echoed by @Abhisek Bharadwaj on (October 26 2012, 03:16 AM GMT) when he speaks of batters being "tested against intl attacks." Yes there are a few of these like Hughes, Davis and Doolan, but why be selective and omit others like Klinger and Khawaja?

  • Meety on October 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @ The_Cube on (October 26 2012, 16:01 PM GMT) - I agree re: FC cricket.His short form stats are very good though. The problem with Mitch is, whilst his FC bowling ave is pretty good with a good S/R - he doesn't bowl much, a bit like Watto. So with Watto - he needs to perform well with the bat to be selected & as you (& others) point out, his batting at the moment is only half as good as it should be to get a Baggy Green. @Andrew Balding - good comments. Probably only semantics - but it really shouldn't be called an A-side. The articles keep referring to Quinney as prolific, but I unfortunately only see a journeyman, I may cop a bit on that one - as he has a lot of supporters.

  • on October 28, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Moises Henriques, here is some1 i want to see in the aussie ODI team.. this guy is way better than Dan Christian, Cameron White...

  • on October 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Australia is rolling out the welcome mat with this attack. The subtext is :-Don't expect to get any meaningful batting practice ahead of the first test. Good tactics by Aus.

  • D-Train on October 27, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Seems like the selectors believe that playing in the next round of the Sheffield Shield is more important that a practice match. They've loaded the team with batsmen to see if there's anybody capable of putting their hand up for international selection. The state of our batting at the moment means there is definitely a spot available for guys who are putting in good performances.

  • ygkd on October 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Rob Quiney is one who didn't receive truckloads of opportunities as a youngster, but he's kept on, kept his head down and he's getting one now. Good on him. You don't have to be a particular fan of his to realise what he's had to do to get this far.

  • Wozza-CY on October 27, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I find this a bit of a strange squad. I feel as though Burns & Butterworth deserved a crack at international opposition, but support the selections of Hughes & in particular Doolan. Nearly all these bowlers could be considered as 'all rounders' and maybe that's the way modern cricket is going (check out top 15 scorers in SS stats).

  • unclefred59 on October 27, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    it will bee interesting to see how this experimental side goes against the South Africans. CA is just tossing combos of players together to see how they perform under match conditions and to see who has the fire in the belly to play test cricket!

  • AidanFX on October 27, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    I think this squad is decent - but saying we are not selecting some of our best pace bowlers to "protect them from injury" is a ridiculous concept. They run the risk injuring them selves representing their state. In any case, I see no merit to sheltering the players. It does not set a good precedence. I understand the game has changed but the obsession with managing players sometimes get dragged to insane proportions.

  • Mary_786 on October 27, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @Edwards_A is on the mark, guys players such as Khawaja, Burns and Cutting were not picked as they have a game with NSW at the same time which will be a more important test for them, good performances there are more important. This is not our best A side, far from it and its deliberate on the part of the selectors.

  • Beertjie on October 26, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Some very strange picks here. I'm with you @VivGilchrist on (October 25 2012, 23:49 PM GMT). Looks too much like one day team. Why Henriques, Maxwell, Ronnie Mac and no pace bowling prospects except NCN. Like you, I can't understand the absence of the 3 you mentioned. Agree with @Antir: "Also it seems that our all-rounders are better at batting than those who are supposed to be batsmen"! I get the point made about the SS matches being played concurrently, but there is also an opposing view echoed by @Abhisek Bharadwaj on (October 26 2012, 03:16 AM GMT) when he speaks of batters being "tested against intl attacks." Yes there are a few of these like Hughes, Davis and Doolan, but why be selective and omit others like Klinger and Khawaja?

  • Meety on October 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @ The_Cube on (October 26 2012, 16:01 PM GMT) - I agree re: FC cricket.His short form stats are very good though. The problem with Mitch is, whilst his FC bowling ave is pretty good with a good S/R - he doesn't bowl much, a bit like Watto. So with Watto - he needs to perform well with the bat to be selected & as you (& others) point out, his batting at the moment is only half as good as it should be to get a Baggy Green. @Andrew Balding - good comments. Probably only semantics - but it really shouldn't be called an A-side. The articles keep referring to Quinney as prolific, but I unfortunately only see a journeyman, I may cop a bit on that one - as he has a lot of supporters.

  • The_Cube on October 26, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    I have no issue with his off-field behaviour, but why on earth is Mitchell Marsh's name ever mentioned when it comes to national teams. In first class cricket he averages 22 with the bat and has 26 wickets from 20 matches. If his name wasn't Marsh he wouldn't be close to playing for WA let alone Australia.

  • RVC-38 on October 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    @Edwards_A.... since my earlier post and Meety educating me on the upcoming shield games, i agree 100 percent. have not been this excited about the next 2 years of cricket since Kim Hughes retired.

  • Rabbito on October 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    don't like this bowling attack, pace bowling??...hastings is not a pace bowler, coulter-nile is and henriques is a bit, but hastings is not. and how did o'keefe not get the spinners spot or even boyce??...and they don't even give smith a bowl anymore, i know he hasn't been much good for the last 2 years, but he hasn't had much of a chance.

  • PFEL on October 26, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Can't help but see some of the Selectors' tactics here . . . picking a squad with weak bowling but HUGE batting depth --> maybe trying to keep the SA bats from getting time at the crease, and keeping them out in the field, wearing them down along with the bowlers??

  • Paul_Rampley on October 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Guys players such as Khawja, Burns and Cutting were not picked as they have a game with NSW which will be a more important test for them, there is no doubt that good perfomances from these players will get them in the test team as they are next off the rank. Just look at this side, its not our best A side, far from it and its deliberate on the part of the selectors.

  • on October 26, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Why oh why do the selectors think Maxwell is primarily a bowler? His bowling is about the same level as Steve Smith. Also, I think Hastings has earned a spot on recent form, but Coulter-Nile, though talented, probably should've been left out for either Cutting or McDermott.

  • hyclass on October 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @Chris_P...I have blogged something similar about Marsh and indeed both Marsh's for some time. It's not only their modest records and the particularly weak opponents that Shaun scored his runs against, but their very poor attitude that has been on public display for years. Mitch was recently sent home for similar infractions at the Institute. He said at the time that it wasnt important because he also worked hard. He failed to understand the simple rules and dress code when a guest in someone else house. His only purpose in being there was to improve. Shaun was suspended in 06 for a similar episode. It must be blindingly obvious that they have no capacity, regardless of age, to evolve their character. Steve Waugh was the ultimate evolved cricketer. When dropped in '91, he completely stripped his game, learned where he failed, removed it and then set out to discipline himself. That was the foundation of Australias great 2 decade run and players of similar character. That's real ethic.

  • Green_and_Gold on October 26, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @Steven Andrews - These players are paid professionals in the middle of a major tournament (for their level). I have no issues with most of what you said regarding people wanting to have fun and enjoy themselves however there is a time and place. Going out before a game affects more people than you think - there is a whole team which is directly affected not to mention the club and fan base. These guys could have celebrated after the last match (and if they performed better they could potentially still be in the comp). At the end of the day they didnt play well enough and according to them this was down to preparation.

  • on October 26, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    whats with Phil Hughes and Steve smith. has the Australlian selectors seen some thing in steve smith that the entire world has not seen. Callum fergusson is a much more of a compact player and can certainly fil the void caused by Damien Martyn in the aussie squad.

  • Nightwing32 on October 26, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    We should not have any players from the test team. You can not have everyone on a team but with a lot of Shield Matches at the same team, everyone will get seen.

  • trex1981 on October 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I'd say the NSP needs to look towards already developed slow bowlers like O'Keefe (who has the best first-class record for a current Australian slow bowler, I might add). Maxwell is a support bowler at best and seems much more suited to shorter formats. It has to be said that the slow bowling stocks in Australia are very thin at the moment. First class stats for current slow bowlers in Australia: Steve O'Keefe 65 wickets @ 28.89; NM Lyon 73 @ 37.87; GJ Maxwell 19 @ 38.89; JM Holland 75 @ 39.18; CL White 180 & 40.16; MA Beer 63 @ 40.41; NM Hauritz 162 @ 42.67; CJ Boyce 36 @ 43.61; XJ Doherty 118 & 44.23; JJ Krejza 112 @ 48.87; SPD Smith 46 & 54.58

  • Meety on October 26, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @Nick Welch - it's tactics, Inverarity has said he didn't want to show the Saffas all we got. @Steve Andrews - what you described (fishing, TAB etc) is club cricket!

  • Chris_P on October 26, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @Gilly4ever. Mitchell Marsh should be in the full team? Really? With a fc batting average of 22 & 26 wickets in 22 games? Help me understand how that translates to anything but a handy player? I am not knocking his talent, he could be anything, but reality says he is under achieving at first class level by a huge amount. Do yourself a favour &Y compare Henriques efforts with bat & ball vs. Marsh this season, or even overall. Both are very talented, one has got his head down & finally realized his potential, the other has not. One day or T20 maybe, but first class? Sorry.

  • on October 26, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    I would hate to be a professional Sportsman these days. you either decide to have a social life and go out with friends or sacrifice that to be a holy holy sportsman. You are only ever a young man once and only once can you enjoy the things in life with friends before they all go off and get married and start families. What laws have they broken, what drugs have they cheated with, who did they hurt physically. did they get arrested. No its just the modern expectations on sportsman that they have to go back to the hotel room after training and play x box. Gone are the days of fishing, going to the TAB or the bar for a few drinks with team mates. I can see the day when our top young cricketers say shove that Australian jersey up your ... im going around the world to play 20/20 and earn $1m.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on October 26, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    ideally aus a should be: Rob Quiney, Watson (for match practice), Burns(most talented young player in aus), Cooper, Smith, Hughes, Haddin(chance to show aus selectors that he is still good), Starc, Pattinson and Hilfenhaus

  • anver777 on October 26, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Talented Shaun Marsh's name is also missing in the squad ?????

  • Artiebees on October 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Thats a pretty sub-par bowling attack the Australia A Team has isn't it?

  • on October 26, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    when Mitch marsh decided on a career as a professional cricket he knew the commitment that it required! 21st birthday or not going out drinking before a game is a dumb idea! The last thing the game needs is to lose extremely talented cricketers like Mitch marsh due to ill discipline! The sooner he learns that the better.

  • on October 26, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Sorry, so let's get this straight: Beer has fallen below Maxwell in the picking order for test spinners, though 10 months ago Beer was Lyon's deputy? Really?

  • Pazman on October 26, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Mitch Marsh is a Australia's best all-rounder!!??? Outrageous claims. Mitch's record in shield cricket is poor at best. Interesting team though. Glad Davis was named. Amazing season last year. Big omissions and not sure why neither Cutting, Starc, Mitch Johnson weren't named. Would think none would be named 1st test.

  • Meety on October 26, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @Abhisek Bhardawaj - I'm a big fan of Cutting, developing as a genuine allrounder, however like just after his A-Team experience he got injured, he has some sort of injury today & couldn't complete an over. Hopefully nothing major - but is a worry!

  • I-Like-Cricket on October 26, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    I also don't understand why Phil Hughes is playing. Sure he had a good 4 months ... In English conditions. Not 100% sure who I'd have in his place but right now Dan Christian (another alrounder) is making quality runs against Queensland at Adelaide Oval. Phil Hughes made 8 in both innings.

  • kohomban on October 26, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Australian's should select t20 players ,Chris Lynn,josh hazlewood,especially joe mennie he has got talent bowling in death overs.

  • KingofRedLions on October 26, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @David Brumby - I'm guessing you have no idea who Coulter-Nile is, then.

  • I-Like-Cricket on October 26, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    I think he is being completely unfairly treated. The Scorchers couldn't have made the semi finals anyway, even if the boys played hungover. You only get to turn 21 once and it's still a pretty big deal. I'm aware they're on good money to be playing the matches and they're supposed to be role models. However I'm 20 in a few days and if someone told me I couldn't celebrate my 21st next year then I know exactly where I'd tell them to stick it.

  • Meety on October 26, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Can't believe the reactions on here given we have 3 Shield matches that start on the day before, or day of the Tour match. With no disrespect to the Saffas, the tour match is a 3-day game, whereas I could see far more benefit in many of the Aus A contenders playing in matches like QLD v NSW, Vic v WA at the MCG, Tassie v SA in Hobart. IF there was only say one Shield match being played, I would say we should select a side that is an alternate Test team to put a genuine hand up for selection. The non-playing members of the NSP are going to be VERY busy over the next 2 weeks. I have confidence that Inverarity & co + Howard have their reasons for their selections!

  • danaan on October 26, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    You are completley wrong GILLY4Ever. Mithchell Marsh is Australias most talented allrounder, but his behaviuor prior to an importnant match for his team required disciplinary measures, u only have to see the post match interwiew with captain Marcus North to see the dissapointment and anger with the players involved. Hopefully this kick up the butt will help him focus on a possible great career and he wont fall into the same trap as Shaun and continue to play up. As far as Australia A, Butterworth is extremel unlucky with one of the best bowling averages in state cricket in the last three seasons, and he bowls most of the time at Bellrieve oval in comparison to Queensland bowlers who bowl with swing at the Gabba (ps:he also scored an century in Tasmanias Sheffield Shieldl win).

  • on October 26, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Cutting was so close to test selection 6 months back and now he can't find a way into A team...Khawaja is scoring consistently and its time that Burns is tested against intl attacks...also Bird has the potenetial as a speedster and please bring O Keefe into contention along with Copeland

  • Meety on October 26, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    @chicko1983/srriaj317 - I think as there will be 3 Shield matches going on at about the same time, the NSP would weigh up where a player was better off playing? On the one hand - why show the Saffas ALL of our next generation of quicks & with no disrespect to Maxwell or Smith, why show our better spinners? I am assuming this will be a FC match (no 12 players 11 bat) scenario, but is only a 3-day game. @bobagorof - he did, but I don't know how much bowling he'll do as Ronnie Mac is there as well. @VivGilchrist - re: Khawaja - he'll be playing NSW in QLD, which will probably be a fiercer contest. Much more Test-like than a 3-day jaunt. @chicko1983 - re: Burns as with Khawaja, possibly more opportunities over a 4day tussle against NSW, than 3-days v Saffas.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 26, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Outrageous. Mitch Marsh should be in the full Australian team, not the A team. This is over discipline to the extreme. Keep this up and he'll start playing for New Zealand.

  • on October 26, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Really? I see NO difference between the selections going on now as to the previous chariman. We see no young fast bowlers being picked in this side which is a disgrace. The likes of Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood etc are missing and will not be picked for the tests either I bet. The constant garbage about protecting our bowlers is the reason behind so many injuries occuring. Let them play games!!. hastings is the perennial break down man but at least the likes of Smith, Hughes and Henriques are finally being given the chance. Now lets hope they are used right and not thrown aside once again. We have Mcdonald as captain who will never play for Australia again. The batting line up is club standard (but that is the problem with first class cricket here at the moment).

  • Flemo_Gilly on October 26, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @VivGilchrist agree with you mate, Khawaja, Burns and Cutting should be in, this is not the best team for 4 day cricket, the only thing i can think is that QLD didn't want any of their stars playing as they have a shield game at the same time. Hughes is lucky to be picked as he is still getting out in slips and Quiney hasn't got any runs this year.

  • nthuq on October 26, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    The statement: "The national selection panel does not intend, at the moment, to include any of the players in this Australia A team in the squad for the first Test" is very interesting. Does this mean that Joe Burns, Khawaja, Cutting, etc could be selected for the squad for the tests with the Saffers?

  • Sunil_Batra on October 26, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Fergie, Burns, KHawaja and Bird would have been in my side, dissapointed to see Quiney this year who hasn't got any runs in shield this year, yes he got runs last year but we have to go with this years form. And Hughes will consider himself lucky to be picked after failing against Qld this week in shield.

  • Mary_786 on October 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Fergie, KHawaja and Burns missed out which shows that selectors want them to continue their good form in shield, the batsman picked are surely not the best in line in the country.

  • DylanBrah on October 26, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Australia B: Cosgrove, Klinger, Khawaja, Ferguson, Burns, Faulkner, Nevill, O'Keefe, Butterworth, Bird, Cutting, Copeland 12th?

  • PFEL on October 26, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    I agree the fast bowling looks light. Maxwell is a quality player, who can develop his bowling, and this is a great chance. I rate Smith as a player, despite some terrible batting against England in 2010/11. The batting depth in this side is ridonk . . . everyone from 6 downwards is batting 3-4 spots too low

  • Antir on October 26, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    They should have Butterworth and Bird in for Davis and Doolan. Get a proper look at all the all-rounders ;) Also it seems that our all-rounders are better at batting than those who are supposed to be batsmen :)

    There are no other spinners to look at apart from O'Keefe but apparently there is something wrong with him that we all do not know about :( But if he was in the team we would have another all-rounder. So i say go for it :D

    Hastings, McDonald and Maxwell deserve their spots. The first two got injured at the wrong time and Maxwell has that 'youthful invincibility confidence flair' that we need in the Australian team.

  • RVC-38 on October 26, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    does this mean Khawaja is in the test team ?? why did the selectors not tip there hand a bit, surely Cummins or Starc or Hilfi or Paddo or Sids will miss the first test could have played the reserves. I like the look of the side, like most would have liked to see Burns, and looking forward to see Hughes and Henriques.

  • GMFoley on October 26, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Very interesting to see that they have left out the second string bowlers who might play if there's an injury to Hilf/Siddle/Pattinson. Keep them hidden from the Saffers who would never have seen Bird, Starc etc. Good work NSP. They are much better off playing in the SS with an extra day of play.

    The search for the next all-rounder continues in haste I must also add.

  • on October 26, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Half this side is Australia AA. Keeping our first reserves away from SA so they can't get a look at them IMO. Neither of the 2 top keepers, as expected, not our 2nd string bowling line up, as expected, More like a 3rd string list of bowlers who aren't playing tests this season. And Quiney hasn't been in form this season so far, Cosgrove has been. Doolan is a nice pick. Hughes, not sure I would have him there, and I'm a Hughes supporter, Khawaja, Burns, maybe Fergusson are unlucky, and may be closer to test selection, and hence left out? Not sure I agree with this being Auustralia, maybe a chairmans XI with some guys who have played tests before...

  • Dashgar on October 26, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Strange squad. Are they trying to tell us Maxwell and Henriques are bowling all rounders? Is Steve Smith going to bowl? He hasn't bowled a ball all year I don't think. Doolan has probably earnt his spot but Joe Burns made the last Aus A team and has done just as well. I would have much preferred seeing more specialist bowlers and batsmen than this weird mix of all rounders.

  • dusey456 on October 26, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    In which universe is Hastings an opening bowler? Surely Cutting, Bird, Butterworth, Copeland deserve that position more than Hastings. A deep batting side but Hastings at 10 is a waste

  • on October 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    The obsession with phil Hughes continues...........And Steve Smith.........give me a break!

    Great to see Tim Paine, who if not for injury would be entrenched in the National Team now.

    Luke Butterworth should have been given a spot as well as Joe Burns

  • VivGilchrist on October 25, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Is it just me or has a One Day team been selected to play a first-class game? Very Suprized that Khawaja and a front line spinner was not selected. The fast bowling looks one bowler short. Cutting, Khawaja, and OKeefe should be in. Terrible.

  • chicko1983 on October 25, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    good team except the exclusion of burns.

  • Meety on October 25, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Very good squad. There are a couple of players in there that are there due to more recent form as opposed to an outstanding resume built over time, but since there is a full round of Shield matches being played at about the same time, this was never going to be a full strength A-side. Good recognition for Ronnie Mac & Hastings. It looks a bit like Maxwell has been selected as the lead spinner & I would assume that Henriques has been too, so in theory a VERY strong batting line up (throw in Hastings & NC-N) & I think you could nearly argue that there is no-tail to this batting line up. The Saffas will do well to get 20 wickets in 3 days against this mob! It should be a great week of domestic cricket that week!

  • Nightwing32 on October 25, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Finally get to see Davis, Quiney, Hastings and Hughes in a team.

    So stoked.

  • bobagorof on October 25, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I thought Smith declared himself a batsman now, not an allrounder? No real spin option there, either - Maxwell can bowl a few overs but he's not a frontline spinner. With Holland out it would have been a great opportunity to see more of Steve O'Keefe.

  • srriaj317 on October 25, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Looks like the team was selected based on last year's performances? With Hughes and Quiney opening, I would have liked to see Joe Burns instead of Liam Davis and Bird instead of NCN. But this is still a decent side apart from the pace bowling.

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  • srriaj317 on October 25, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Looks like the team was selected based on last year's performances? With Hughes and Quiney opening, I would have liked to see Joe Burns instead of Liam Davis and Bird instead of NCN. But this is still a decent side apart from the pace bowling.

  • bobagorof on October 25, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I thought Smith declared himself a batsman now, not an allrounder? No real spin option there, either - Maxwell can bowl a few overs but he's not a frontline spinner. With Holland out it would have been a great opportunity to see more of Steve O'Keefe.

  • Nightwing32 on October 25, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Finally get to see Davis, Quiney, Hastings and Hughes in a team.

    So stoked.

  • Meety on October 25, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Very good squad. There are a couple of players in there that are there due to more recent form as opposed to an outstanding resume built over time, but since there is a full round of Shield matches being played at about the same time, this was never going to be a full strength A-side. Good recognition for Ronnie Mac & Hastings. It looks a bit like Maxwell has been selected as the lead spinner & I would assume that Henriques has been too, so in theory a VERY strong batting line up (throw in Hastings & NC-N) & I think you could nearly argue that there is no-tail to this batting line up. The Saffas will do well to get 20 wickets in 3 days against this mob! It should be a great week of domestic cricket that week!

  • chicko1983 on October 25, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    good team except the exclusion of burns.

  • VivGilchrist on October 25, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Is it just me or has a One Day team been selected to play a first-class game? Very Suprized that Khawaja and a front line spinner was not selected. The fast bowling looks one bowler short. Cutting, Khawaja, and OKeefe should be in. Terrible.

  • on October 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    The obsession with phil Hughes continues...........And Steve Smith.........give me a break!

    Great to see Tim Paine, who if not for injury would be entrenched in the National Team now.

    Luke Butterworth should have been given a spot as well as Joe Burns

  • dusey456 on October 26, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    In which universe is Hastings an opening bowler? Surely Cutting, Bird, Butterworth, Copeland deserve that position more than Hastings. A deep batting side but Hastings at 10 is a waste

  • Dashgar on October 26, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Strange squad. Are they trying to tell us Maxwell and Henriques are bowling all rounders? Is Steve Smith going to bowl? He hasn't bowled a ball all year I don't think. Doolan has probably earnt his spot but Joe Burns made the last Aus A team and has done just as well. I would have much preferred seeing more specialist bowlers and batsmen than this weird mix of all rounders.

  • on October 26, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Half this side is Australia AA. Keeping our first reserves away from SA so they can't get a look at them IMO. Neither of the 2 top keepers, as expected, not our 2nd string bowling line up, as expected, More like a 3rd string list of bowlers who aren't playing tests this season. And Quiney hasn't been in form this season so far, Cosgrove has been. Doolan is a nice pick. Hughes, not sure I would have him there, and I'm a Hughes supporter, Khawaja, Burns, maybe Fergusson are unlucky, and may be closer to test selection, and hence left out? Not sure I agree with this being Auustralia, maybe a chairmans XI with some guys who have played tests before...