Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Sydney

Ferguson replaces injured Marsh in ODI squad

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November 4, 2010

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Kumar Sangakkara collects Shaun Marsh's edge, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne
Shaun Marsh made 31 on Wednesday but did not field at all © Getty Images

Callum Fergsuon will join Australia's one-day international squad ahead of Friday's second match in Sydney after Shaun Marsh was ruled out due to a back injury. Marsh made 31 in Australia's one-wicket loss at the MCG on Wednesday, but he did not take the field at all during Sri Lanka's innings and will miss the remaining two games in the series.

"Shaun Marsh injured his lower back in the latter part of his batting innings yesterday against Sri Lanka," the team physio Alex Kountouris said. "With the short turnaround between games in this series it was decided that the best management of this injury is to withdraw him from the remaining two games to allow him time to recover. His return to cricket will be based on his recovery over the next few days."

Marsh has had back troubles before, and a similar problem sidelined him for Australia's one-day tour of New Zealand earlier this year. His latest niggle has opened the door for Ferguson, who was in the ODI squad in India last month but did not play a game, and is still waiting for his first appearance in Australian colours since seriously injuring his knee in the Champions Trophy final in October 2009.

"Callum has been in extremely good form of late for South Australia in interstate cricket and has a very good one-day international record for Australia, averaging 46 with the bat, so we know he can perform well on a big stage," the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said. Ferguson was due to link up with the squad in Sydney on Thursday, but his chances of playing on Friday are slim.

Ricky Ponting will be back in the side having missed Wednesday's game to attend his grandmother's funeral, and Marsh would have been the likely man to make way for Ponting. The Australians haven't got much time to turn around their form after losing a match they should have won comfortably at the MCG, and the coach Tim Nielsen said the players had a frank discussion after Sri Lanka's triumph.

"The most important thing is that we don't run away from it, we identify the things we're doing well and maybe not so well," Nielsen said on the Melbourne radio station SEN. "We had a chat about that as a group last night, while it was very fresh and hitting pretty hard. Rather than just walk away and say 'we got close', we sat down and were pretty honest with each other about how we're going and what we're doing.

"We just have to make sure that we don't panic. There's going to be a lot of speculation, there's going to be a lot of theories and rumours and ideas on how we can get better. We just can't afford to keep doing the same things like we did last night. We kept bowling bouncers that were chest high rather than head high, we bowled a few wides, we bowled a few slower balls that we didn't land properly, and we didn't really do anything out of the ordinary or different to what we'd been doing all night."

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Posted by frosty001 on (November 5, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

Australia...what the hell are you doing. Here we have the one bright spot in the losing team from Wednesday night..the "X Man" Doherty left out of the side today. Unbelievable. A debut player does great and then is left out of the next game. Well that IS great for his confidence. I think MR. Hilditch and his co conspirators really need to come out and explain some of their selection decisions. No doubt they are on a salary, so they should also be performance based. And right now, some of their selection decisions are even worse than the form of the Aussies. How about giving Warner free rein at the top of the order, the Doherty/ Smith combo looks good. Bring Brett Lee back to give the bowlers some guidance, and if Tait is fit, let him blast a few out. Aussie cricket CAN get back, but only with the right people at the helm.

Posted by Marcio on (November 5, 2010, 2:47 GMT)

It should be a fascinating game. Ricky is back for Oz, and boy, will he be p.ssed! He might not be a tactical genius, but he has real mongrel in him, which was really lacking in the last game. As others have pointed out, Clarke really looked demoralised and defeated when the SLers still had 40 runs to get! That was something I haven't seen in an Australian captain for decades. You'd probably have to go back to Kim Hughes (am I the only one who sees the similarities? The only difference is that it is the Australian public crying this time). Nice guy pretty boys are not what you need in international sport. I have nothing against Clarke. Definite very good test player, handy but limited 50 over player, but just doesn't have it for T20. As for SL, I think they might struggle today. I have seen miracle wins like this last game in many sports, and the miracle team almost always gets spanked in the next game. It's to do with expectation and a relaxation of attitude. Let's see if I'm right.

Posted by indianzen on (November 5, 2010, 2:09 GMT)

Too late.. Ferguson must have been in the playing XI, I would say he can become the next mike beaven. Beaven was too good,he can play aggressive,play strokes, single every ball and a china man bowler...

Posted by MinusZero on (November 5, 2010, 1:53 GMT)

Most badly performing sporting teams end in the same way. The coach is sacked. Why not with Aussie cricket? Why is Neilsen not accountable for bad performances? The selectors should also be replaced.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 5, 2010, 1:44 GMT)

My XI: Shane Watson, David Warner, Cameron White (c), Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Clint McKay, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty

The further we are off that team, the weaker the team is.

Posted by SSJumbo123 on (November 5, 2010, 1:34 GMT)

Hey Fan84, have you seem tour lover boy Tait bowl in slow-motion...., well, he CHUCKS. Don't believe me, go check it out!!

Posted by deckker9 on (November 5, 2010, 0:43 GMT)

This rampant over-enthusiasm with Ferguson... a sorry case of fellas jumping on the bandwagon, I am sad to say it is misplaced. Don't get your hopes up too high, lest you'll be eating your words at the dead of nigh'. Mark these words fellas. Don't say the naysayer stayed mum.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2010, 0:21 GMT)

@ Aaron...where is your keeper mate?

Posted by Biggus on (November 4, 2010, 23:58 GMT)

@Fan84-Don't shed too many tears for us mate, as much as I appreciate your support. Australia have been down before. This slump is really nothing compared to our troubles during the Packer cricket era and we will rise again. In Australia the phrase "one day the rooster-the next the feather duster" comes to mind. Regarding Tait, Akhtar and Lee-you must have missed the '70s my friend. Super-fast bowlers were everywhere back then. Jeff Thomson, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee (before his back injury) and others were all bowling around the 100mph/160kmh speeds that are regarded as extraordinary today. And no helmets! No limits on bouncers per over! I have to tell you it was pretty gladiatorial stuff! Thanks for the support though, but he who is up now will one day be down and visa versa. It's all in the game and in the interests of cricket overall.

Posted by Fan84 on (November 4, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

Iam NOT SURE ,, WHAT THE AUSSIE SELECTORS ARE DOING.. Try to persuade GREAT TAIT. LEE and WARNER to be BACK IN THE ODI side, before THE PEOPLE BLAME MY BELOVED RICKY (thogh he could do nothing with the fragile team) for the series loss,, ITS A DELIGHT TO SEE WARNER / WATSON opening and LEE, TAIT , JOHNSON ,SIDDLE attacking.. TAIT ,, U R SO GREAT MAN,, when others find so difficult to bowl at 140kmphs,, u bowl CONSISTENTLY at 156 KMph,, the world has seen great bowlers liek u only thrice,, AKTHAR / BRET LEE. And U ,, Pls bring back the LOST PRIDE TO OZ man,, iam an INDIAN,, its unbearble to see the legends declining,, and don't blame PONTING ,,,pls

Posted by _Australian_ on (November 4, 2010, 18:20 GMT)

As long as Hilditch remains in the picture Australia are going to struggle to compete. Ferguson and Lee were 2 of our best during the champions league trophy comp win and we have not been as consistent or good since. Both have put performances on the board for their states and should be rushed in to the side to play immediately. Siddle is a fine test bowler but clearly lacks the quick thinking variety required in odi. Johnson is and will always be a lottery and I wonder why he gets so many chances. Lee has the ability to bowl quick, short or full and can swing it both normal and reverse making him the ideal selection. On top of this he has great experience and is eager. Unfortunately with the poor selections going on and the current crop of one dimensional pie chuckers playing for Australia I can't see us winning a series this summer and expect to bow out of the WC early.

Posted by Puppster23 on (November 4, 2010, 16:10 GMT)

In my opinion Clarke did everything to force a mistake out of Malinga/Matthews, for most of the time, he had more than 4 people in the 30 yards circle, gave every bowler a go, so frankly don't see what else he could have done. Therefore, as a Aussie fan, there should be no shame in admitting, that Siddle, Johnson (who are our 'strike bowlers') sucked big time, and if Clarke deserves to be dropped from all formats, then don't see why we should have, Johnson in any of the teams either!! Or are we only, suppossed to bash Clarke around here!?

Posted by Fan84 on (November 4, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

Iam NOT SURE ,, WHAT THE AUSSIE SELECTORS ARE DOING.. Try to persuade GREAT TAIT. LEE and WARNER to be BACK IN THE ODI side, before THE PEOPLE BLAME MY BELOVED RICKY (thogh he could do nothing with the fragile team) for the series loss,, ITS A DELIGHT TO SEE WARNER / WATSON opening and LEE, TAIT , JOHNSON ,SIDDLE attacking.. TAIT ,, U R SO GREAT MAN,, when others find so difficult to bowl at 140kmphs,, u bowl CONSISTENTLY at 156 KMph,, the world has seen great bowlers liek u only thrice,, AKTHAR / BRET LEE. And U ,, Pls bring back the LOST PRIDE TO OZ man,, iam an INDIAN,, its unbearble to see the legends declining,, and don't blame PONTING ,,,pls

Posted by lananad on (November 4, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

Bring on Jeewan Mendis for Chamara Silva and Dilhara for Kulasekara.

Posted by lananad on (November 4, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

Bring on Jeewan Mendis for Chamara Silva and Dilhara for Kulasekara.

Posted by DwightR on (November 4, 2010, 12:50 GMT)

in all sports, all era's of greatness go in cycles, you cannot stay dominate forever, just look at the West Indies, Aus has been the most feared team in cricket for 2 decades but thier time in that position is coming to an end with warne n mcgrath long gone n pointing on the latter stage of his career, they still have a very talented team capable of beating anybody but now the playing field is more level n competitive and Aus will not dominate cricket anymore, Aus is not the superpower of cricket like in the recent past so appreciate what they've done n stop expecting them to win every game, every series n every tournament

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

Ferguson is an amazing young lad. I just can't understand why he isn't getting opportunity. He was outstanding in green and gold when he got a chanced, he got back from injury in Champions League T20 and performed exceptionally well. He scored a century in last state game. He is brilliant. He should also be considered for Ashes (along with Usman Khuwaja), but no, he wont get a chance because Aussie selectors love Hussey and North too much, even though they both slump way to much to be considered any decent middle order players in test. Think long term or team will be in transaction forever.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

now ponting is back evrythingz gonna b alright

Posted by asim900 on (November 4, 2010, 10:43 GMT)

I dont know why Aussies have not included Ferguson...he was their best batsman last year till he got injured..A brilliant batsman who can bat anywhere..I will like to see him in team for World Cup..And please bring back Lee to strengthen the attack

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

Why drop Clarke? He look good in the game, and hit a hundred in the one one dayer in India, and look at his Test record for the year. It not his fault they lost. When i read the team I knew they had no strike bowlers or bowlers who could bowl at the death. The ideal ODI side for the world cup would be 1. Shane Watson 2. Shaun Marsh 3. Ricky Ponting 4. Michael Clarke 5. Cameron White 6. Callum Ferguson 7. Steve Smith 8. Nathan Hauritz/ Xavier Doherty 9. Ben Hilfenhaus 10. Shaun Tait 11. Doug Bollinger. Anything wrong with that side?

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 10:22 GMT)

Bring back Nathan Bracken, he is better bowler in ODIs than Mitchell Johnson, why Hilfenhaus is not used?? only Cricket Australia Knows. Strip off Michael Clarke, well it was a good game as it happens once. I think too early to predict Srilankan series win, the greatest of such close games i admire is CT 2004 final, from 133/8 the west indian tail brought till 218/8, and do not forget that was a final

Posted by Solat on (November 4, 2010, 10:13 GMT)

@Puppster23 :

I'm also agreed with you. but your comments about Siddel and Johnson are little bit harsh. I feel that all the people starting blaming Clarke whenever Australia loss.

Posted by Dashgar on (November 4, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

Theres been all this talk lately of Warne coming in to coach our spinners on the tactics of the game. What about guys like McGrath, Lee, Gillespie, Bracken coming in to help the quickies with their tactics. Johnson and Siddle are excellent bowlers but tactically they didn't know what to do when things went against them the other night.

Posted by ygkd on (November 4, 2010, 9:43 GMT)

If Angelo Matthews' match-winning performance made him look for all the world like quality, so did Callum Ferguson in his last outing. He smacked an attack "led" by Mitchell Johnson all around the park in the SthAus & WA shield game and so Johnson got picked to play SL and Ferguson didn't. You may wish to figure that out, because I sure as heck can't.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (November 4, 2010, 9:23 GMT)

I read a piece in another journal that tqlks about the division in the Australian side. Its not unusual for a team with such terrible morale to have divisions. It seems that Clarke made remarks in public about Bollinger and Hussey's involvement in the champions league.

These were ill-informed. Both men wanted to leave their league side and join the team in India. They could not do so because of contractual restrictions.

This didn't go down well with portions of the team. Ponting had to smooth things over.

Is it any wonder that the team is doing so badly? If Clarke has lost the respect of even a few of his team-mates then the side's performance will suffer.

The story goes on that White and even North (gag) have been touted as alternatives to Clarke once Ponting steps down. The selectors are keeping North around because they see him as a more popular and able choice for captain, it seems. The selectors are hoping North will come good. Depressing!

Posted by boris6491 on (November 4, 2010, 8:46 GMT)

Many people are saying that Clarke should be dropped. Although this would seem logical, it is never going to happen and there is no point talking about it. I just find it best to ignore his poor performances in limited overs and hope that the selectors give him a wake up call. I feel very bad for Marsh whose international appearances have been hindered by injuries. He is the injection of youth we need and on many occasions we have had him unfit. I do hope Ferguson gets a green light somehow. He is a good versatile cricketer who can make things happen. Australia need more from Watson, and White I would feel. As for the bowling, we can only make do with what we have and no doubt, the absences of Bollinger, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Tait and Lee are hurting us. After having won me over with his brilliance in SA, the last few years have proven to me that Johnson is a very ordinary bowler. He is hyped to be better than he is. He needs to be dropped to be told that no performance= no place.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 7:58 GMT)

Boot out Clarke from Limited over matches.Where is aaron flinch and Hodge?

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

As a big Johnson fan, i agree he is either over rated or he is out of form and has been since SA. His batting has dropped off big time also. Clarke is not captain material and the selectors need to be sacked. Hire Mark waugh, craig mcdermott and mark taylor as selectors, if you listen to them they have great cricket brains and i agree with alot they say about players, the game and selection.

Posted by Dismayed on (November 4, 2010, 7:44 GMT)

Doherty must be retained never play Hauritz again, bring in D.Hussey.C.White Captain, D.Hussey V-Captain. Hasting must be retained in all forms even in test side as the third seamer allowing S.Smith to play along with S.O'keefe or X.Doherty. So Haddin/Paine at 6, Smith 7, O'keefe 8, Johnson 9, Hasting 10, Bollinger 11. Balanced attack that can also score runs. So that is: Hughes,Watson,Ponting,White,D or M Hussey, Haddin/Paine, Smith, O'keefe, Johnson, Hasting, Bollinger. 12th Doherty,13th Harris.

B.Lee comes in for ODI/T20. Freguson and Clarke next batsmen to be considered. Time for the change now. Too much talk over the last 3 years with no action.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 7:28 GMT)

Callum Ferguson should be at six in both forms of the game!! After his knee reco what has he done wrong?? Over in the twenty20 competition he was in awesome touch and his 129 off 144 in the Sheffield Shield was probably the innings of the tournament so far other then Khawaja's 214... He is still only 26!! Please Australia selectors give Ferguson at least 12 months of stragiht International cricket to prove his worth!!!

Posted by Dismayed on (November 4, 2010, 7:23 GMT)

Clarke had no ideas, you could see in his face he was not on top of the situation and not once did he walk over to Siddle or Johnson to talk to them. He had switched off before the end of the PP. Cameron White or David Hussey must be promoted to the test team and the next captain. Why are people saying "oh Siddle is coming back from injury", he has been smashed all over the park in the domestic one day comp as well. The selectors apparantly want to see Brett Lee play more games? He has played as many domestic one dayers as Siddle and performed much better as has Clark and just about every other quick in the country. Lee would have bowled full straight and fast with inswing and cleaned up the tail. Hilditch must go.

Posted by BlockyBlock on (November 4, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

Ferguson should have been playing. Why would you bat Marsh, a specialist opener at no. 6 ? I agree Johnson is lucky to still be there, maybe if half the bowlers were not injured he may not be so lucky.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

aussies never gonna make this series..............

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 6:20 GMT)

There were no yorkers. You should be bowling yorkers at the death stages. i hardly see any yorker being bowled to malinga or matthews. It also seems that an era of Australian greatness is coming to an end. Without Warney and McGrath, aussies are finding pretty hard to finish the games in their favour.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

I say drop Johnson and clarke and get ferguson and Clint Mckay in. Both clarke and johnson enjoy the support of selectors, they are always lock in for all the matches. They must be dropped to let them know how important it is to perform. Johnson has not stopped bowling wayward since ashes 2009. He was poor in eng in july and very ordinary in india and against SL he just could not bowl straight. If your strike bowler cannot get rid of a No.10 batsmen what's the purpose of playing him... same goes for siddle... Rayan Harris and Bollinger are good.. atleast they can bowl tight line.. Tait is real attacking bowler... They must go with Lee, Tait and Harris/bollinger for WC 2011 otherwise its gonna be a sorry story....

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 5:49 GMT)

Can't understand why Ferguson wasn't in the squad to begin with. He just looks like an international cricketer. I hope he can squeeze into the final XI somewhere. Maybe in expense of Smith if he still has back problems and can't bowl. And agree with the earlier comments about our death bowling. What was with all the short pitched stuff? They just kept swatting it to the boundary. I can understand Siddle being expensive as he's finding his feet again after injury, but quite frankly I'm sick of Johnson. I'm sick of not knowing whether there's going to be an awesome spell or the absolute rubbish that he produced last night. He troubled Tharanga and some of the middle order (but they were always going to struggle in Australia), but the class players like Sangakarra and Mathews just had no troubles with him. And he sprayed them everywhere. Australia just needs to find that McGrath bowler who can bowl 10 overs for 35, and a guy that can bowl those yorkers. Impressed with X-man though.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 5:27 GMT)

Some great comments here. The Australian team under Clarke is missing that 'mongrel / never say die' mentality, perhaps due to Clarke having his career handed to him on a plate. Mitch Johnson is far too erratic, he isnt up to leading the attack. Siddle is coming back from injury and should be given time. Bollinger and Hilfenhaus are essential. Australia are just looking like wet fish at the moment, need the spark and enthusiasm of new players like Doherty.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

Well Ponting is back so there is hope for the Aussies after all. What about Bollinger?

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 5:06 GMT)

well the problem for Australia is they think Johnson is a strike bowler, who is not in fact. No one is even saying a word on Johnson's performance in last 15 months when he has struggled almost every match. Its better to go with Stuart Clark, Nathan Bracken rather than Johnson, till Tait and Lee are back.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 5:01 GMT)

Remove Clarke from the Australian team & put in Furguson to the team because Clarke is a total waste in Australian team in all formats. Ricky should come & join T20 Australia side because he can score run he left the team because of teams poor performance..............Also Bring BOLLINGER & Shaun Tait back

Posted by Puppster23 on (November 4, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

Bollinger, Lee, Tait, Harris, Bracken/Hilfenhaus should be our quicks for the worldcup. Its annoying to see Johnson retaining his place in the side, after so many poor outings over the last 12months. Bowlers like him and Siddle are just cannon fodder in limited overs cricket, and they should be nowhere near the ODI or T20 sides.

Posted by Puppster23 on (November 4, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

Its amazing how Clarke is always the first guy blamed for every Oz defeat, kind of makes me laugh!! Anyways, lets get honest here, the current Oz bowlers, can't bowl at the stumps to even save their lives, and therefore its hardly surprising to see them struggle to dismiss tail-end batsmen, time and again...

Posted by CharonTFm on (November 4, 2010, 4:16 GMT)

I really thought Clarke had leadership potential but from last nights match you can see that the Captaincy should not be given to him. Bring in the young guns. Make Smith a pure batsmen or get him to work on his bowling. Khawaja, Fergurson, Hughes, should be in there

Posted by popcorn on (November 4, 2010, 3:51 GMT)

I felt miserable when Australia lost the first ODI. How could they? They had the match in the bag. I guess they got complacent, bowled bad lines and lengths. They should have just bowled stump to stump.And wait for the Sri Lankan mistakes. Pup is not as ruthless as captains Allan Border,Mark Taylor,Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

The one thing Australia didn't do well was yorkers. If they bowled a couple of yorkers the game would have been over easily.

Posted by Jimmy_Jim on (November 4, 2010, 3:38 GMT)

Really want to see Ferguson play, haven't seen enough of him. His ODI average seems due to his amount of not outs rather than his scores, hopefully he can keep that average when under pressure in a few ODI's. Too bad he most likely won't play unless there's another batsman with an injury.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

time to get rid of Andrew Hilditch, just look at his CV taken aus from number one team to number 5 good work :)

Posted by Advance-Australia-Fair on (November 4, 2010, 2:46 GMT)

Why wasn't Ferguson in the Aussie squad to begin with? I'm not saying he'd walk into last night's XI, but he certainly deserves a squad spot at least. Esp with the World Cup coming up.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

I think Johnson and Siddle were terrible towards the end and undid all the good work that Doherty and the fielders did. Australia panicked pure and simple and the fact that Smith could not bowl was perhaps a problem. But clearly 107 for 8 was a "down and out" score against any other opposition. I think Australia needs death bowlers like a Bracken. Maybe a fit Bollinger might have helped. While we can talk about Australia"s bowling the problem is actually its batting. Many of the batsmen failed and if they had scored 270, even they could not lost it. If there is a positive( though it is difficult to see any thing positive about this debacle) it is the form of Haddin and the emergence of Doherty who must be persisted with. The lesson? Play inform players. Which is probably why Callum Ferguson must play on Friday, but he will not, true to the Australian tradition (call it stubbornness}. Why not give Clarke a rest !!! sridhar

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