Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11

Siddle and Haddin named for international return

Brydon Coverdale

October 25, 2010

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Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle celebrate, England v Australia, 1st Test, Cardiff, 1st day, July 8, 2009
Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle are about to return to international cricket © AFP

Peter Siddle is set to play his first match for Australia in nine months after being named in the squad for Sunday's Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at the WACA. The wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will also make his comeback after a long injury lay-off and will replace Tim Paine, while Michael Hussey and Mitchell Johnson have been rested.

The 12-man squad for the first international of the home summer is made up entirely of Victoria and New South Wales players and features the spinner Steve O'Keefe, who made his debut for Australia in England in July. John Hastings, the Victoria allrounder who played his first ODI last week in India, has also been included for a potential Twenty20 debut.

The non-selection of Hussey and Johnson is understandable, as they will instead warm up for the Ashes with a Sheffield Shield match for Western Australia against South Australia beginning this Friday. However, the same theory was not used for the Test opener Shane Watson, who will play the Twenty20 instead of a first-class outing for New South Wales against Queensland that begins on the same day.

Watson, Haddin and the captain Michael Clarke are the only Test certainties included in the Twenty20 line-up, although every player will have the chance for at least one Sheffield Shield game before the first Ashes Test. Siddle is also aiming to re-establish his credentials after spending the winter laid up with a stress fracture in his back.

Siddle, 25, had been a regular member of the Test attack until his injury struck, but he faces a challenge to force his way back in ahead of one of Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger or Ben Hilfenhaus. His best chance might be if the selectors choose four fast men on a potentially seam-friendly Gabba pitch for the first Test.

"Peter is a key bowler in all forms of the game and has made a return from injury and is now ready to take his place in this Australia Twenty20 squad," the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said. Siddle made his initial return for Victoria in the Champions League Twenty20, and is now playing in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.

Haddin is also on his way back after a lengthy period on the sidelines, having not played for Australia since May due to an elbow problem. His absence allowed Paine to prove himself an impressive option at Test and one-day level, but there is no doubt that Haddin will remain the No. 1 man for the Ashes.

Hilditch said: "It is unfortunate for Tim Paine, having played so well for Australia recently, to miss out on this squad but Brad has made a very good recovery from his elbow injury and is an established member of our side in all forms of the game.

"The squad also sees some of our best young talent continuing to increase their international experience and exposure. Players like Steve Smith, Stephen O'Keefe and John Hastings all have exciting all-round skills for Twenty20 cricket and it will be great to see them against a very strong Sri Lanka squad."

Daniel Christian and Nathan Hauritz, who were in Australia's ICC World Twenty20 squad this year, were left out, while Ryan Harris and Shaun Tait were unavailable due to injuries. And there was no place for Brett Lee, who is in the early stages of his comeback after an injury-plagued year and had been keen to target the Sri Lanka series for an international return.

"It would have been his plan to be ready for this but with only two one-day games after an extensive break we want to see him play a bit more domestic cricket yet," Hilditch said. "Certainly there was a lengthy discussion even for this squad, but it really felt too early."

Australia squad David Warner, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White, David Hussey, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Steve O'Keefe, Peter Siddle, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 29, 2010, 4:31 GMT)

Being from new south wales i am consistently embarrassed by Michael Clarkes performances. If he scores runs Australia loses.

Posted by kopruz on (October 27, 2010, 16:03 GMT)

@ Cam Peirce..McDonald might not look like a high profile player, but I guez he has done a very decent job as an all rounder for Victoria in T20 cricket for the last 3-4 years and seems to have got a 5 wicket haul to his credit in this format as well. .certainly deserves a T20 International debut.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

nw lee said hes bak..should have considered him in th 15 member squad!!

Posted by   on (October 26, 2010, 20:04 GMT)

I@Cricket.Buff: I don't think Tait was that much of a threat for Sri Lankans, they handled him quite well in past encounters, but I always wanted to see how Sri Lankans handle him on fast Aussie pitches !

Posted by Seers on (October 26, 2010, 14:08 GMT)

redneck, I understand your point about Haddin, but I'm not convinced that a couple of bad games behind the stumps in England where lots of byes were scored are indicative of Haddin's wicketkeeping in general. First of all, this was when he was recovering from a broken hand and Johnson in particular was spraying balls all over the place. Secondly, I think Haddin had an outstanding last summer after that, including some all time classic catches. Therefore, I'll be watching closely this summer to see if I agree with you. Further, it is my opinion that Matthew Wade (also a Tasmanian, just to show I don't care what state an Aussie player comes from) is the second best wicketkeeper batsman in Australia.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT)

I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

Posted by redneck on (October 26, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

@Seers i dont quite agree with what you have said. that being haddins the best wicket keeper batman in the country. i would instead say of all the keepers in the australian first class scene, haddins the best batsmen. but to be a wicket keeper batsman you have to be good behind the stumps, haddins been seriously lacking in that regard since getting his baggygreen. my view is that haddin may get 40 runs in a innings with the bat, he then gives away 20 byes due to him being past his best when keeping wicket. paine on the other hand may only make 20 runs with the bat, but is far more reliable in not giving unnecessary byes away when australia field. also paines far more likely to get someone out stumped with quicker hand work! the quicker aus give paine the full time job, the sooner he will become more polished with the bat and contribute more to the runs tally.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2010, 5:34 GMT)

ALWAYS pick your best team available . Always . If not , why not ! Here we are rated 4th. in World Ratings and seem to think we can play around with experimental sides . I thought that's what the Sheffield Shield side's were for . They always try to pick their best teams . Our Selectors use Test Matches for experiments !!!

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 22:06 GMT)

Clarke out finch (finch is in rare touch at the moment) in timmy pain over Haddin or even maxy for Clarkey. Andrew mcdonald very stiff.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 21:37 GMT)

Aussies badly need a line of action with some new tactics and strategies to seek their past glory.

Posted by sundermagy on (October 25, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

Why cant they pick Klinger n where s Ferguson, I suppose no South Australian in there??

Posted by pupmaddy on (October 25, 2010, 14:52 GMT)

i think selector selected aa good team considering ashes they need to rotate there key players like bollinger johnson hussey. So they need not take any risk with them jst play them 1 r 2 games before ashes so that they will be fit and in great nik before ashes. in case of siddle he an excelnt bowlr ability to reverse swing key player in ashes he need to prove his fitness before ashes so he need to play every games befor ashes same to haddin also he also need to prove fitnesss

Posted by Seers on (October 25, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

I agree with what some are saying on some points and disagree on other points but in the end this is only T20 and records have less meaning in this form of the game. Having said that there are 3 West Australians who I should be in the team because of consistently good form in T20 and because it's their home ground - that is, Marsh, Voges and Mike Hussey. Also, Haddin is by far the best wicketkeeper batsman in Australia in all forms of the game but Ronchi comes close in T20 so I also think it would have been reasonable to play him on his home turf. As for the bowlers, I assume Bollinger is still injured but would love to have seen Lee play again in Perth. However, McKay and Nannes are top notch. Smith has done well in T20 and O'Keefe is also young and with great potential, so good choices. Only bowler I disagree with is Siddle. His T20 record is average and his one day record atrocious (same for Hilfenahaus) - however, he is still young so can only improve.

Posted by --.-- on (October 25, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

Tait is injured ? Damn !! Good news for Sri Lankan batsmen.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

have no argument against warner, watson, haddin, hussey, white, hastings and nannes. Cam White should be captain of australia while clarke shouldnt be in t20, should pick hodge or ferguson in front of him. Siddle should be getting match fitness in the shield and shold pick hilfenhaus in his place, McKay isnt in great form would prefer johnson or bollinger not to be rested. Steve O'Keefe is the last gut to talk about, he should be in there for the world cup and t20 as no 1 spinner, has very good control and knows how to get wickets like his 3 for on debut v pakistan in t20i. steve smith is erratic and needs to play more for nsw before he becomes a permanent fixture in the aussie side

my t20i side (taking into account current injuries)

Warner Watson Hodge White (c) D.Hussey Ferguson Haddin (wk,vc) Hastings O'Keefe Hilfenhaus/Johnson/Bollinger Nannes

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

The selecters just never learn. They have dropped Lee and Johnson i'll give them that but have still have Clarke and Haddin in there and they have added Hastings, O'Keefe and Siddle whose records r also terrible in T20. Ponting would also still be in the team if he hadn't walked himself. I'm going 2 this game and don't expect us 2 win. A team for me would be Warner, Watson, Hodge, D Hussey, White, M Hussey, Paine, Smith, Doherty, Nannes, Tait with Marsh, Heal, McDonald and McKay rounding out the squad for a World Cup. All those players have good T20 records, some r just not considered ONLY because they r considered not good enough in other forms. Quite Franky, the selecters r an embarressment. T20 should NOT be used to trial young talent. It's a whole different ball game!!!!!

Posted by kopruz on (October 25, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

Cameron White must be given the captaincy in T20 Internationals since Clarke might turn out to be a liability for them. Likewise, Luke Ronchi would be a better bet than Haddin in the shortest format. I cant comprehend why the selectors have gone in with Clarke, Haddin, Hastings and McKay when they have a pool of quality T20 players who have proven their mettle in domestic cricket, the likes of Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Daniel Harris, Phil Jaques, Andrew McDonald, Brad Hodge, Simon Katich, Aaron Finch, Ben Edmondson, Aaron Heal and Ashley Noffke

Posted by thematrix on (October 25, 2010, 11:20 GMT)


Posted by cricketaddict000 on (October 25, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

I'm with Pete on this one. O'keefe is only getting the spot because he's from NSW. He's only started playing domestic cricket the past two seasons. Doherty has been playing for four or five seasons and he's the leading domestic spinner. He's got experience and skill. He deserves to be Hauritz's backup not the batting allrounder Steve Smith.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 9:45 GMT)

Doherty should be the limited overs spinner, O'Keefe's record is poor in the short forms but excellent in the long form. Take out his international T20 and he has one wicket in 3 games and batting average of 6. If Siddle bowls well, he should be back in the test team. He is one of my favourite recent Australian cricketers, as he just never gives up and always has given his all when playing for Australia. I would drop Johnson from my team so he learns that his place isn't a given, and also because Bollinger is bowling better than him.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 25, 2010, 9:07 GMT)

only vic and nsw thats typical WHY NO WA LADS WE WANT TO OUR HOMETOWN STARS AT THE WACA!!!!!!!! at least johnson and shaun marsh especially if watsons not playing

Posted by whippersnapper on (October 25, 2010, 8:34 GMT)

No Shaun Marsh? He averages over 40 in 20/20 compared to Warners' under 30.

Posted by indianzen on (October 25, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

Mistake... mistake... I am sure that the SL will washout the Aussies... every player in SL are in blistering form....

Posted by Something_Witty on (October 25, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

@ nzcricket, nope, Watto lives and plays for NSW I believe. Regarding the article, I would question leaving Brett Lee out of the side. T20 is the ideal comeback for him, only has to bowl four overs and would be unlikely to bat.

Posted by boris6491 on (October 25, 2010, 8:08 GMT)

Really odd that Christian has been left out. He hit a great 100 a few days back for the Redbacks in quick time. Certainly interesting that Siddle has been selected for T20 of all things but it is a good way to gradually reintroduce him to the rigours of international cricket. Hopefully, he will get a game. I would also be keeping an eye on Smith and (moreso) O'Keefe. This is a top opportunity to showcase their spin bowling skills with Hauritz's place in the limited overs side a bit shaky.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 7:47 GMT)

@nzcricket174, he did and he is a born Queenslander (started his career playing for Tasmania) but after about4 years in the team he decided to go to NSW last season to join his girlfriend and now plays for New South Wales.

Posted by brenno23 on (October 25, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

im pretty sure that shane watson has played a couple of onedayers for NSW. @redneck, you do make a good point about the crowd, it will be interesting to see how many actually show up, but im sure it will be a good crowd none the less. this actually looks a pretty good side and it should be a good match. @Gilly4ever, matthew wade, seriously? hes a good player but i think that they should rest haddin to avoid making the injury worse, but i think chris hartley should be given a chance. thanks guys, and GO AUSTRALIA!

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 6:11 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 5:39 GMT)

I am very happy to left out Nathan Hauritz from the squad....!!!!!!

Posted by sifter132 on (October 25, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

Read the article asif... it clearly states "Ryan Harris and Shaun Tait were unavailable due to injuries"

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (October 25, 2010, 4:22 GMT)

Siddle isn't exactly a regular T20 player. The Australians are using this as a warm up. Still find it strange not to play Doherty though. And why oh why isn't Wade the keeper?

Posted by Prashant007Geetam on (October 25, 2010, 4:22 GMT)

Good one, all the best for coming summer

Posted by redneck on (October 25, 2010, 4:16 GMT)

haddin would want to hit the gound running! if he has too many byes or one too many failures with the bats hes finished! also like that cricket australias released hussey and johnson to focus on the longer format, wouldnt have been easy as its robbed the perth crowd of any home town hero to cheer on. but good to see the priorities are right this time!

Posted by harro_37 on (October 25, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

Really guys? None of the SA players below are international standard - klinger has an argument, but not ahead of other top order batsmen. Watson swapped to NSW end of last season or even the one before - but has hardly played due to international commitments. As much as I'd love to see Lee back, he's an aging fast bowler without the recent results to demand inclusion...

Posted by NZ-Bonza on (October 25, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

Is this Sri Lanka Vs South-Eastern Aus or what?!!! Im sure there is some absurd reason that the squad is made up entirely of NSW and VIC cricketers, which is not answered in this article. But it seems a backward logic and has no credit to it at all. With so many quality players on the fringe of national selection (and the current team struggling for any sort of form) why not use this as the perfect opportunity to give the best of them FROM ALL STATES a crack against one of the best teams in the current cricketing world.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (October 25, 2010, 3:38 GMT)

What the heck? Watson plays for Queensland, does he not?

Posted by eyballfallenout on (October 25, 2010, 3:33 GMT)

@ SriramNatarajan he is playing for NSW this year.

Posted by asif_aziz_khan on (October 25, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

That looks a good squad, where is ryan harris ?..Australia would face good challenge against the good sri lankan t20 side, beware of dilshan and jayawardene

Posted by MinusZero on (October 25, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

Hilfy needs to start taking wickets or he will be out soon

Posted by yescharny on (October 25, 2010, 3:07 GMT)


Last year, he just hasn't actually played a game for them yet.

Posted by cricketaddict000 on (October 25, 2010, 3:01 GMT)

Watson is contracted for NSW.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 2:59 GMT)

Why not Christian? He hit a hundred yesterday after hitting more runs a few games ago. And Watson moved to NSW two years ago, he hasn't represented them yet.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 2:53 GMT)

where is brett lee??????????????/

Posted by SriramNatarajan on (October 25, 2010, 2:31 GMT)

//"The 12-man squad for the first international of the home summer is made up entirely of Victoria and New South Wales players"// from when shane watson started playing for Victoria or New South Wales?

Posted by   on (October 25, 2010, 2:17 GMT)

team made of only NSW and Victoria players. wonder how much more the likes of daniel christian, daniel harris, and klinger could have done considering their performances in the champions league.

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