Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series

Hughes, Khawaja tip out Hussey

Daniel Brettig

January 6, 2013

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Michael Hussey plays a drive, Australia v Sri Lanka, CB series, Melbourne, March 2, 2012
Michael Hussey has been denied the chance to farewell international cricket as part of Australia's ODI side © Getty Images
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Michael Hussey will not get his desired ODI farewell at least partly to keep Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes away from the Twenty20 Big Bash League ahead of the India tour, the national selector John Inverarity has admitted.

Inverarity unveiled a curious squad for the first two matches of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka on Sunday, captained by George Bailey while Brad Haddin resumes as the ODI gloveman in order to allow rest for Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade. David Warner has also been given time off after playing all formats for the past year.

Aaron Finch was rewarded for a compelling limited-overs summer so far while Ben Cutting has returned to the national squad for the first time since he was 12th man for the first Test match of last summer. Hussey's omission despite indicating a desire to play a final round of limited-overs games before he exited the international stage was notable, and Inverarity said the the call was made with an eye on the 2015 World Cup but also the India Test tour that begins in February.

"Our intention before two weeks ago was to give Michael a break during the Sri Lankan series and then have him refreshed and ready to come back into the ODIs against the West Indies and then off to India," Inverarity said. "Of course things changed a bit last week. We've talked it over with Mike but the overriding fact is what's best for Australian cricket and we move forward.

"We're very mindful of the 2015 World Cup and we think these ODIs are very important in terms of players like Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes and others having the opportunity being within the team and being in the ODI side rather than playing Big Bash League cricket partly as an opportunity for India for those who are selected. So I think we need to use those places for the future of Australian cricket.

"I think we have picked a particularly exciting side. Aaron Finch, and a lot of you have seen him play, there are not many more exciting players than Aaron. When he gets runs he gets them in quite spectacular fashion. Ben Cutting too. I think this is a very very attractive side. How will we know about the best players of the future if opportunity is not invested in them?"

Australia's coach Mickey Arthur had used the term quarantine after the Hobart match when explaining why members of the national squad were not being handed over to their BBL teams in between Tests. There is real concern among the coaches and selectors that a lack of first-class cricket through such a large chunk of the season is harming the development and preparation of both current and potential international players.

Haddin's return to the team ahead of the younger Tim Paine meanwhile provided a reminder that the selectors still valued the New South Welshman's experience. Inverarity said that Haddin remained the back-up Test wicketkeeper also, and that he would tour should the panel choose two glovemen for India or the Ashes tour of England.

"We're of the view that the two best wicketkeeper-batsmen are Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin. If something happened to Matthew than Brad Haddin would come into the side," Inverarity said. "We may or may not take two keepers to India and/or England. At this stage, our firm intention is if we take two it'll be Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin.

"Matthew's a very talented cricketer, very talented keeper and batsman, he's young and we think he'll get better and better and this has been the history of Australian cricket, we go back to Rod Marsh starting in 1970-71 and he and Ian Healy and others improved remarkably over the first couple of years. So we are certainly looking towards Matthew to improve, I think he's keeping well, he's got good skills and he'll get better as time goes on."

Another on something of a Test trial over the next month will be the allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who was 12th man for the Sydney Test. Inverarity said he was hopeful that Maxwell's progress as a cricketer and a spin bowler would gain in momentum.

"We're certainly hoping Glenn Maxwell develops as a batting all-rounder who bowls decent off-spin," Inverarity said. "He's a very talented played who we think is likely to improve on a fairly steep incline. We were close to playing him [in Sydney] - It was a close decision - but we thought the best side for this game was the side we put out."

ODI squad George Bailey (capt), Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

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Posted by TrueLankan on (January 8, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

@Shaggy076: The Aussies may have won the finals series last summer but we ended up beating you guys 4-3. Also, the away series (bilateral) we played in Australia before that we also ended up winning that 2-1 (it was 2-0 already). But you are right we did lose our home series not because the Aussies were good but we just didnt seem to play anything close to our best. Anyway, mark my words, The Mighty Lankans shall rise and clean sweep the Pathetic Aussies even without Sanga. I will be at the G cheering the loudest this Friday.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 8, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

@hotcric01 and @All Aussies : This team is a better than a Australia second XI. Hughes' batting is slightly better than Watson's. Also, Warner in ODI is not that great especially against the Mighty Lankans. Brad Haddin's batting is just as good as Wade's in ODI if not better as well as his keeping. M.Hussey's non selection is a loss though. Cant really comment on Khawaja but surely he can't tear our mighty ODI attack apart (hopefully not). But Bailey is a joke. I don't rate him at all. Don't really see the selectors thought process in that.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 8, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

TrueLankan - Australia have won both the last home and away one-day series against Sri Lanka. So if we suck how good are Sri Lanka?

Posted by hotcric01 on (January 8, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

@TrueLankan,Yes.That is a nice dream.But might be difficult a bit in the reality.Look forward to what happen.who knows?Perhaps SL will get beaten by this AUS second xi.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 7, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

All you Aussies can keep on arguing all you want. In the end it matters little because the mighty Lankans will clean sweep you guys anyway. Clarke and co are just too scared to face us and hence they are " rested ". Australia are pathetic when it comes to ODI.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 7, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@Gilly4ever i see your view, but you tell me this, both Hughes and Khawaja are equal second highest scorers in Ryobi cup with nearly 500 runs, how can you not include them. I don't question that Hussey should be there, i think he should, but that has nothing to do with Hughes and Khawaja's selection

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Haddin is in the side because he is the CURRENT backup WK. It is a one off series and he will not play any other series unless Wade is injured. Wade will be the World Cup WK, not anyone else, so calm down.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Mike Hussey's in form & deserves to play in the ODI series. His experience is needed at this point to help integrate new players & he's also an inspirational cricketer. I bet the people who bought tickets to the first 2 matches will be fuming at not seeing Warner, Clarke & Hussey playing. There seems to be more at play re Mike Hussey...

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 7, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Andrew202 - I dont see it as a contradiction, they said they will pick a team with a view to the 2015 World Cup and I would imagine both Dave Hussey and Brad Haddin are still chances to be playing at this world cup.

Posted by Andrew202 on (January 7, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Leaving Hussey out because you want to have an eye to the future is a perfectly reasonable explanation. However it's hypocritical when you bring Haddin back in - the one contradicts the other. These selectors speak rubbish sometimes when they justify their reasons. There's nothing wrong with focussing on winning a current series. Hussey's as good or better than most of the other batsmen picked therefore it's pretty reasonable to assume he'd still get a run. And for the record, Hussey did NOT retire from ODIs. Just test cricket at this stage.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 7, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

All those criticising Bailey should have a look at the stats. Since his initial selection in the ODI squad, he has become our top performer with an average of 40. His leadership skills are obvious. Look at Tasmanias record against the stronger states in the last few years. His main problem is that he never gets the positive publicity from the Sydney/Melbourne based media who would rather push has-beens like Haddin & Smith.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 7, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

VicPride - I think if you look at Peter Forrest reckon in all three domestic formats this year, you will see why he has slipped down the order.

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (January 7, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

surey he deserved a couple of odis esp one at perth to see him off. what if he hadn't retired? wouldn't he still be in the team? he should've announced it at the end of the summer had he know how mean the selectors were going to be !

i rate bailey very highly as a captain. better than clarke! he echos for doosra to be start given a serious thought in aust instead of labeling it forbidden was a very smart and shows he thinks about the game and future of aust cricket!

Posted by bobagorof on (January 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

@SmashingBaby: not sure where you came up with the idea that Hussey didn't retire from ODIs, just Tests. He's retiring from all international cricket at the end of the Australian summer - that includes Twenty20, ODIs and Tests. With two ODI series to go I suppose we can consider him dropped, but I can see the selectors' thinking. That said, it would have been nice to have his experience in the team for the first couple of matches when Clarke and Warner are being rested.

I don't rate Haddin - his 'experience' is of going for ridiculous shots and not being mindful of the match situation. His Big Bash League so far has seen him digging a hole for his teammates and expecting them to bat much better than he, as opener, Captain and senior batsman, does. Sledging the opposition about their lack of wins when his own team had only one win themselves also shows a lack of class.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 7, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

I know Hussey has been left out of the one-day team but I believe he has had the perfect ending to his International career. To finish on a test match in Sydney rather than a farewell circus is befitting of the humble man. Selfless to the end, he can see the reasons for Australia to look forward to the next world cup and perhaps him standing aside has given his brother an opportunity to go play in the next world cup. As for the Paine debate, I dont believe he has played enough good first class cricket to be back in the fold yet from being out of the game for 2 years. He has improved markedly in the T20 Big bash but I believe when picking one day side the Ford Ranger Cup form should be used to pick a side.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

It would be great if people could check some facts before criticising Bailey. In 13 ODIs he has an average over 40 (most of which have been overseas), and in 5 Ryobi innings this season he has a century and a half century. Tell me now that he doesn't deserve a spot.

Sad to see M Hussey missing out. Hope he gets a game or two before the season is over.

Posted by VicPride on (January 7, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

Didn't the head of the NSP say that Bailey, D. Hussey and Peter Forrest were the best that Australia had outside of the team a couple of months ago? Now two test players have retired in Ponting and M. Hussey, yet not once has Bailey or Forrest had their names mentioned as possible replacements. Forrest now has dropped so far down the que that he isn't in the ODI squad. Why?

Posted by Mitch069 on (January 7, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

@PFEL and @Junikamra agree with both you guys. Khawaja and Finch were automatic selections just on the basis of runs scored. For the tets number 6 spot you have to go for Khawaja as Maxwell's bowling won't hold up at test level even though he is a good T20 player. Give the young man more time to develop himself in shield and not make the same mistake when we rushed in Steve Smith too early, look how well he is doing with the bat now in shield.

Posted by hotcric01 on (January 7, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

This squad looks almost an australia second xi.I can't understand how Shaun marsh is missing. Now SL should be able to win first two matches.These included players are talented.But they have no enough experiences.Anyway for sure,they will give a good fight.They should play one of Cutting or Maxwell at no.07,as an allrounder,according to the pitch.Mckay,Starc and johnson should be the pace attack,since they are experienced.Anyway Sl looks more balanced with 2 pace bowling allrounders.cheers!

Posted by SmashingBaby on (January 7, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

It's a real shame that Hussey is not getting to play a final ODI series at home. In my opinion the 2015 world cup is long enough away that a final run for Hussey should have been very justifiable - he is in form, he didn't retire from one dayers only from Tests, and he would have been the most experienced player in the team while Clarke was rested, which would only help these new players coming in. Not to mention the Australian cricketing public wanted it - that seems to be one of the lowest considerations of selectors and administrators alike these days. Thanks Mr Cricket for entertaining us with a great batting career, particularly dominating sides late in an innings while batting with the tail!

Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 7, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

@ azzaman333 would agree about first class cricket & 20/20 being very different however ODI & 20/20 are very similar though - however Tim Paine averages 35 in tests.

Posted by azzaman333 on (January 7, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

@gogoldengreens; t20 records should have no bearing on selections for anything other than t20 cricket. It's extremely dangerous to use t20 form as a justification for ODI selections, because t20 is a drastically different game.

Posted by Meety on (January 7, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

Good squad. Several things - 1) I hope they don't make Cutting 12th man! I think he is tops & should be close to a Test birth, I also reckon he is a better candidate than MJ for batting @ #7 behind Wade if we go 5-prong bowling (in Tests. 2) My only gripe with this squad is that Ferguson should of been selected instead of one of Ussie or Hughes. 3) Who will take on the Bevan/Lehman/Hussey tradition of being the (left handed) finisher? == == == re: Ussie & Hughes. I am not sure that playing ODI cricket is in the long term beneficial for these two. Whilst I like ODI cricket, I think for batsmen, it can cause problems due to gliding singles thru the slip cordon. I think the Pom's Cook was a classic example, & before that Mark Taylor. That said, Hughes in particular, should carve up. Be interested to see how good Ussie's running between wickets really is.

Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 6, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

@ Sam Dooley you claim Paine has not scored runs lately: he has scored 107 runs striking at 120 out once in his last 2 innings as opener in 20/20... Maybe you should have a look prior at scoresheets prior to silly statements

Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 6, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Makes perfect sense looking to the future!! However I cannot see Haddin age allowing him to tour in the 2015 World Cup when Tim Paine will be. With Wade missing catches at the moment would be the perfect time for Paine to play and put pressure on the spot as it would have been his bar the finger breaks at the wrong time... Bailey shouldn't be in the team another Peter Forest (very limited ability though may fluke an innings from time to time)... Where is O'Keefe if looking ahead to India series - have looked at Steve Smith already and he is a good local cricketer however he does nothing great other than feilding at a high level Will they play Hussey at the end of the series when there are first class warm up games over in India?? They shouldn't have any members of the test team playing in these series when the warm up games are going on!! Why is there a pension cheque out to give Haddin a go and not Hussey who has done a lot more for his country?

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 6, 2013, 23:17 GMT)

Junikamra spot on mate, fantastic to see Khawaja rewarded for good performances in the Ryobi cup but also exciting to see how Bailey will go as captain, he hasn't done well in terms of run scoring this year but this might get the best out of him. @Maximpayne it shows that selectors are rewarding performances by picking Hughes and Khawja.@Hyclass was one of the bigger critics of Khawaja but good to see from your comments that you are also appreciating improvement in his game.@Gilly4ever take a look at Hughes and Khawaja's stats in Ryobi this year mate and see what you think about being picked on merit. I agree with your that Hussey should have played, i think they will give him a perth farewell game which is all the public is asking for

Posted by fazald on (January 6, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

Hope this team which is virtually an Australian A side is only for the first two ODI's. Hope the selectors still intend to include Michael Hussey for the remaining three matches. I am sure he will be a big drawcard with crowds flocking to watch this great cricketer represent his country for the last time. While building the team for the future spectators also need value for money and want to see players like Michael Hussey, Warner, Clarke, Pattinson etc in action. Don't underestimate the Sri Lankans when it comes to limited overs cricket as what happened last time when they won the ODI series for the first time on Australian soil against a depleted aussie side when the best players were rested for the ashes series at home. No doubt they will be all out to redeem their lost prestige after the whitewash in the test series.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

The selectors has the final say. If they want anyone selected, they search and give reasons FOR the player and when they drop someone they bring down reasons for their choice. No one has so far questioned them. Even if their selection was wrong they know they are safe. Only CI loose not them.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Biggest contradiction in cricket- They are looking to the future so they leave out Mike Hussey but leave out Wade and replace him with HADDIN. HADDIN. !!!!How is going back to Haddin looking to the future. Tim Payne has been in awesome form in the last couple of weeks and has been totally overlooked. If they are not going for Payne, they should try Hartley. This is a real head scratching decision that simply has no logic to it whatsoever

Posted by __PK on (January 6, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

And Hartley gets overlooked again. A better keeper than either Wade or Haddin, and we saw how important that is this summer, with South Africa and Sri Lanka using second-rate keepers and suffering, and Wade going off the boil and it nearly costing Australia dearly.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 6, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

I would have picked Paine ahead of Haddin who is surely a done force now.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

With malinga, mendis, akila and perera Lanka are much better ODI outfit..its going to take something spl for this Aus A team to beat Lanka, but if they do Mahela and Ford will be very disappointed and hurt. As an India ill be rooting for Lanka, just for the flair they bring to the ODI game.

Posted by chats91 on (January 6, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Looks like a decent Australia A T20 team.

Posted by Gordo85 on (January 6, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

I tend to agree with Maxim about Hartley for sure. You need to reward players who have done well over the last year or so. Doherty shouldn't even make the squad to be honest. Lyon doesn't get picked because when he has played for Australia in ODI's he gets smashed and I think they want to rest him. But I am sure they could have found someone else to replace Doherty. They would have been better going for Michael Beer he has been doing ok for awhile now. Doherty is getting complacent and careless.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

I believe when it comes to short versions of international cricket, Sri Lanka is a completely different , strong team to beat. yet they have to perform well in Australia so lets expect for some fine matches ahead !

Posted by Hareendra on (January 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

I think its a big joke that the selectors cannot find a place for Mike Hussey. He's been one of the best ODI (and Test of cause) batsmen Australia have produced during the last decade.

If its about preparing for the 2015 World Cup, then what are Haddin, Bailey and David Hussey doing in the squad?

Surely someone with Mike's form and exceptional service deserves a proper swan song!

Posted by Junikamra on (January 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

wow people want khawaja to play in test side nd aus selected him for odi's.. it's not a bad thinking i think a player who is technically solid can play all type of cricket as usman shows in this season he is in a top 3 batsman in ryobi cup nd in shield cricket he thoroly deserve his place specially in test cricket.. he is not bad for odi's also let see how he plays... BEST OF LUCK USSI my prayers are with u..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Brad Haddin in the team is a joke, if Hussey was left out because they were trying to prepare for the WC then why is Haddin in at 35?? May as well give Ludeman, Triffit or Hartley a go. Very happy to see Hughes and Khawaja in after excellent List A form though.

Posted by nthuq on (January 6, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

My XI for the first two games based on the squad: Hughes, Haddin, Finch, Khawaja, D Hussey, Bailey, Maxwell, Johnson, Cutting, Starc, McKay. No sense in picking Doherty - Maxwell and Hussey can perform those duties. I don't know why they don't just pick Lyon for ODIs. Haddin's best at bashing the new ball and it's where he's scored his 2 centuries, so he should open for me. You can probably swap Khawaja and Finch depending on the match situation - if there's been a good opening stand, Finch comes in to get himself in to hit out in the batting powerplay, otherwise Khawaja comes in to steady the ship. Hussey and Bailey as your finishers, Maxwell as the dual finisher/pinch hitter, and plenty of lower order firepower with Johnson, Cutting and Starc.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

I like Hughes ad Kiwajha in the team. Can't beleive Bailey will Captain...lucky to be in team. Cutting has potential, but Faulkner, Lacklin and Kane Richardson are probably stiff...don't like Haddin in team at all. He s the past. Time to move on. Payne is in great from and is easily the best keeper in the country

Posted by PFEL on (January 6, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

HycIass, strong side, but Doherty is definitely going to be playing, they won't go in without a spinner. And for me Maxwell should play ahead of Smith at least, but not sure what the selectors will go with. And I would definitely bat Haddin up the order.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Looking to the future yett David Hussey makes the team?

Michael Hussey should be the first picked!

Posted by hycIass on (January 6, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Good decision to get Khawaja in there. Gilly4ever understand your point mate but with regards Hughes and Khawaja both have scored close to 500 runs in Ryobi this year and so deserve their position as we have to reward those scoring in Ryobi cup. I have no doubt that Hussey should be in the team but our focus now has to be on building our ODI team and the Indian series and these 2 batsman will be key for that.My playing xi out of this squad: Hughes, Finch, Khawaja, David Hussey, Bailey, Smith, Haddin, Starc, Johnson, Cutting, McKay

Posted by Mervo on (January 6, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

A real insult to Hussey. He wanted to play, but our heartless selectors wanted to pick unknowns yet again. How can they possibly include that many times failure Steven Smith, and not a classic like Hussey? People would pay to see Hussey. Yet another series I wont be watching, like many others. We had great hopes for this selection panel, but they are quite misplaced it seems.

Posted by brusselslion on (January 6, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

You're still picking Doherty!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

I'm no Aussie but LOL@ Aussie fans who are claiming Tim Paine to be next Aussie test captain, he's had unfortunately inopportune injuries ad is now thought of third choice keeper so there is minimal chance of him being in test team let alone test captain one day no matter what his credentials are. It's a fact of life cricket life as such!

To be honest I have NO IDEA who the next Aussie test captain will be but i Think it's fair to say with the current/future?injury prone test bowling line up it's going to be a VERY hard task and they will slip[ to roughly 5/6 in the test rankings.

Posted by PFEL on (January 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@Gilly4ever, saying Hughes and Khawaja shouldn't be there on merit . . . there is no one who wasn't selected who is even close to being more deserving than them of a position (barring M.Huss of course), and Hughes' selection in the ODI side is long overdue.

Posted by Dangertroy on (January 6, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

What's with all the bailey hate? He is a good captain, and was one of the few who stood up in England. Sad that hussey misses out, but I'm sure he is pragmatic enough to realise its for the good of the team. Congratulations phil Hughes, I've been hoping for his inclusion in the odi team for a few years now, I thought it would be a good way for him to get back to international cricket, but he did well in the tests anyway. Same goes for khawaja, will be good exposure.

Posted by maf17 on (January 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

The selectors have made some clueless decisions this season, but they got this 100 % right. Keeping our young talent out of the IPL is paramount and preparing for the World Cup is far more important than giving an old stager a last hurrah, and if Huss is the true professional he has always appeared to be, he'll acknowledge that, These ODIs are completely meaningless so they're a perfect chance to blood new talent. Great to see Ben Cutting given a start, the selectors seemed to have completely forgotten him this summer.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 6, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja shouldn't be there - the only justification for them playing is that they are trying to get match fit ahead of the next test series in England. Does that help? Only time will tell. They certainly aren't there on merit. Oddly, Michael Hussey *SHOULD* be there on merit. Given that he has retired from tests, there is no need to rest him. Resting someone from their last ever series is incredibly odd. I think it is fair enough to play Haddin, who is in form, and has always been a short form specialist. Back when Haddin first played for Australia, I said that he should never play tests. Even now I wouldn't mind Haddin playing in ODIs and T20s while the premier gloveman in Wade plays in tests. I think that splitting up the keeping duties between the better basher in Haddin and the better all rounder keeper in Wade is a good idea. I would have given Bird and McDermott a go in the bowling department too.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 6, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Really glad the the selectors have finally realised that aspiring test batsmen, such as Hughes and Khawaja, can benefit greatly from playing one day cricket for Australia? Both have scored heavily for SA and Qld this year. Khawaja has been on standby for the last few weeks and will be good to see him in the green and gold after some hard work on his end. Looking forward to seeing Cutting as well and also Finch as he will do well.

Posted by Piyush_Advani on (January 6, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Why all this fuss about Hussey not being included in the ODI side?Hasn't he retired??

Posted by PFEL on (January 6, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

what is with all the negative comments regarding McKay? He is one of the best One Day Bowlers in the world and has shown that regularly. Just look at his stats. His accuracy and reliablity should make him one of the first bowlers picked

Posted by PFEL on (January 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@Big_Maxy_Walker, they may indeed regret the Haddin selection, most likely if he makes 2 big scores and they can't drop him, like they obviously plan to. They would be in the same position as they were after Melbourne where they rested Starc and Johnson performed, and were forced to play 5 bowlers in SYdney purely for political reasons

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 6, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

As a Lanka fan this squad looks juicy. The Sri Lankan B ODI side can beat these guys. Im expecting a 4-1 or 5-0 win here for the Lankans. The ODI clean sweep plus the t20 sweep will make up for the tests. Hoping for a massive turnout for the MCG match.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

all i can say is the selectors are gonna come to regret the haddin choice, he rarely ever delivers when it counts at international level, and their summer hasnt been good with the rob quiney and john hastings debacle, as well as not picking hughes because they were too scared. as well as the bowling rotations, the only one of the selectors i think has got a good head on his shoulders is andy bichel but i think hes too nice to get tough with old geezers he has to deal with. inverarity was a hopeless cricketer and now selecter. i dont know why someone at his age was picked anyway, he has shown he doesnt understand the modern game. Invers comment about aussie spin bowlers shouldnt learn to bowl the doosra was a perfect example. by the way i thought rod marsh another selector was brighter than these choices too

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

why wade isnt herre...mckay...r u kidding me?

Posted by Beertjie on (January 6, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

"Inverarity said "We may or may not take two keepers to India and/or England. At this stage, our firm intention is if we take two it'll be Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin." Big call, not so much for India but for the Ashes. There Haddin is a certainty? Even if he plays as wk in India and is as poor as Wade he goes to England? Why? Because of his experience in DRS? Because MC wants someone with experience in tests? With average spinners we need to take every chance/half chance we create. I JUST HOPE THIS PRE-EMPTIVE DECISION DOESN'T COME BACK TO HAUNT US! It would have made more sense to remain silent about the Ashes and select on merit after India. If Haddin was given an opportunity there and was shoddy, he would be out. If Paine scored runs in SS cricket Haddin would be out irrespective because you want to be forward looking now. But no, it's the same favourites being picked rather than merit selections and future planning. Some people are ready despite poor recent form (Maxwell) others

Posted by Chris_P on (January 6, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

Really guys, who cares too much about this ODI series? For those asking the Haddin/Huss question re: future. Hussey has retired, while Haddin is the first choice for Wade in the near future, ergo his selection. Spelt plainly, he is available for future tests, Hussey is not. Can it get any simpler than that? Don't get too excited by this series guys, it's only a revenue raiser, nothing more.

Posted by MrKricket on (January 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Not sure what the ODI series is even for any more. Certain players only seem to play ODIs. Is it all about the World Cup? They don't seem interested in these or any other tournaments apart from perhaps the Champions Trophy. One wonders about the future of ODIs.

It's no place to look for future Test players but maybe better than T20!

Posted by xylo on (January 6, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

wow...Clint McKay and Mitchell Johnson together? That would be a treat to watch for the batting highlights!

Posted by disco_bob on (January 6, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Encouraging to see that Invers was not sentimental about leaving out Hussey.

Posted by Micky.Panda on (January 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

I think they are making a big statement here. Clearly ODIs don't matter and will surely die out. We have the arrogance not to select the best ODI side possible, on basis of looking at players for future tests, which really doesn't make any sense at all. Can you really tell which batsmen will play spin best for the tour of India, looking at an Aussie ODI game? With Watto out, Warner cannot be omitted. He is a must for pushing the opening run rate. Hussey is virtually a must for finisher if available. Who wants to go watch the team that is not the best Australian side? These are clearly just practice games. This is a ODI game. Pick the best players for ODI. Tests are irrelevant.

Posted by reddawn1975 on (January 6, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Yeah i agree with you nzcricket174 Tim Paine should be in the squad for keeping and the guy is a class act with the bat Haddin great player and all but his time has gone.Steve Smith yet again gets picked the guy is a very very average player at state level should not even come into the minds of selectors

Posted by ALLRNDCRICKETER on (January 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

If any of you paid attention to the cricket world you would know that hughes batted at 3 for Worcestershire in od domestic in england in 2012. I by far wouldve picked paine ahead of haddin, because he needs more time to prosper in the international scene. he is a far better gloveman and batsman, and when on song can hit it a long way. and why George Bailey as captain? who thought up that idea? yea he can hit the ball but he hasnt the experience of Hussey, Paine etc. captain is David Hussey by far. my Batting order would be: 1. Khawaja 2. Finch/Paine(wk) 3. Hughes 4. D.Hussey(c) 5. Maxwell 6. Paine(wk) 7. Johnson 8. Starc 9. John Hastings 10. Mckay 11. Doherty why i chose John Hastings because he has performed well in past short formats for Australia and was all class at the WACA v South Africa on debut this summer. brilliant at all forms, similar to Mckay in that he has a very good slower ball and also no mug with the bat.

Wake up everyone! do your research before saying silly stuff!!

Posted by PFEL on (January 6, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

I really like this squad actually. I thinke very single selection is a correct one, though some of the omissions are startling (M.Huss obviously), And why Warner would need to be rested? batsmen really don't need rests . . . unless they actually ask for it. Great to see Haddin in there, he is still one of the best Bats in Aus. I don't think there was a single player other than Huss who was left out and deserved the spot ahead of the players selected, however, Henriques should consider himself unlucky, and Bailey is probably punching above his weight being selected, let alone captain . . .

Posted by stuartk319 on (January 6, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

@Big-Dog; clearly you are watching the Big Bash only. Haddin has 337 runs at 67.40 in the Shield.That's pretty good form to me. Sure, he's averaging 22 in the Ryobi Cup but Paine similarly is averaging 20. I think Steve Smith and McKay are a bit down on confidence and are iffy selections, and that Cutting is better in 4 day cricket. The others fully deserve their spots on form.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

*Warner should not be getting rested, he is young and should use this series to gain confidence in the shorter form, ironically.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Don't understand the Ben Cutting selection - he is not a good One Day bowler. Would like to see Warner captain this team aswell, seeming how they regard him as a good leader and possibly future captain. Also would like to see Daniel Christian in the squad. Australia needs to find a spinner not named Xavier Doherty - he was awful and embarrassing in the T20 WC. Happy with the Finch, Hughes and Khawaja selections.

Posted by Mitch069 on (January 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

I think this will show that selectors reward performance and in the case of Khawaja he has been rewarded for getting runs in Ryobi and for improving his fielding and running between the wickets. Shaggy076 the reason he has been picked is because he is among the highes ryobi run makers so far. I am a fan of Zampa as well, saw him in a big bash game and he looks very talented for a 20 year old. Lets hope we have a big series as the Sri Lankans won't be easy to beat.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 6, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Tim Paine should be the keeper, not Haddin.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 6, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Really glad to see Khawaja given a chance after a fantastic season so far in Ryobi cup. Thank goodness the selectors have finally realised that aspiring test batsmen, such as Hughes and Khawaja, can benefit greatly from playing one day cricket for Australia? All of our great bats over the past twenty years like Waugh, Ponting, Hayden, Hussey etc all played test and one day cricket. Will be interested to see how Cutting goes as well as he has done well for the Bulls

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 6, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

look forward to hopefully going to husseys farewell match at the waca vs the windies. great squad here and of course some unlucky to miss out. think faulkner should be in ahead of smith and coulter nile needs to get selected its becoming a joke that he hasnt been yet. i thought pattinson was returing for the ODIs?

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 6, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

@sam dooley. Paine is an excellent form recently, so thats that and haddin always gives away byes, hes 35, and throws his wicket away with silly shots, but being from NSW he must the pick.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 6, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Onlinegamer agree with you, both Khawaja and Hughes deserve their spot, they have been fantastic in the Ryobi cup this year. BOth have nearly 500 runs in Ryobi and boof deserved alot of credit for Khawaja's progress i particular, leaving Hussey out makes his final day at the SCG even more important, a legend retires today.

Posted by gjcj on (January 6, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Why is Bailey in the team at all?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

It's gonna be SL's ODI seris..

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (January 6, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

My playing xi out of this squad: Hughes, Finch, Khawaja, David Hussey, Bailey, Smith, Haddin, Starc, Johnson, Cutting, McKay

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

4/68 cuttings best figures how did he get in the team? goes at over 5 an over

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

My Playing XI would be 1. Hughes 2. Finch 3. Khawaja 4. Maxwell 5. Bailey 6. D Hussey 7. Haddin 8. Johnson 9. Mckay 10. Starc 11. Doherthy

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 6, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Haddins selection shows the selectors have learned nothing from the Argus report. While Paine has taken time to recover from his injury, his recent form should have indicated he was worth a chance & he has always been a better gloveman than Haddin.

Posted by wix99 on (January 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Some good choices by the selectors. The only question is which players will be dropped when Clarke, Warner and Watson return to the team?

Posted by Caino94 on (January 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

My side for the first ODI would be:1.Hughes 2. Haddin(wk) 3. Finch 4. Khawaja 5. Bailey (c) 6. D.Hussey 7. Maxwell 8. Starc 9. Cutting 10. McKay 11. Doherty

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (January 6, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

I think that with the tight cricket schedule for 2013, we're inevitably in a position where we have to take some risks and be a little harsh. The Champions Trophy is coming soon and we'll need to start giving younger players experience in international cricket, especially those in form. Hughes, Khawaja, and Finch deserve their positions and the batting order could be Hughes, Finch, Khawaja, Bailey, Hussey, Maxwell, Haddin and it's very exciting to see Hughes and Finch at the top of the order. I think it's a wonderful opportunity to see which of these young kids can rise to the occasion and score runs in these two games and I'm backing Hughes to do so though there's no reason that Finch or Khawaja can't either. I guess the T20 squad will be decided later but I'd have Hughes and Finch in there too without question. The selectors will be faced with some difficult, but exciting, decisions ahead if Hughes, Finch and Khawaja can perform.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

hussey must be in the squad

Posted by Shuraim on (January 6, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Where'r Dan Christian,Callum Ferguson and even Nathan Reardon to be honest he looks to be in terrefic form.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

Some people's comments on here are an absolute joke. While Haddin over Paine while claiming to have an eye on the future is hypocritical, it's not like Paine has actually made a single run all year. But worse are people blindly claiming this is a terrible ODI side. Finch has been the standout Ryobi cup player, an automatic selection. Phillip Hughes, as shown above, has scored good ODD runs this year and is an easy decision to open the batting without the two W's. Khawaja also has a very good average and SR this year. We've all seen what Dave Hussey can do and Maxwell is a very promising short-form player as he showed with a couple of damaging innings in the UAE. Mitchell Starc is our best short-form bowler, Clint McKay has a VERY good ODI record while Doherty is our best spinner. Ben Cutting is one I'm very excited to see, a huge talent. Steve Smith, while much maligned, can bat and is averaging 66 at a SR of 114.45 this year, hardly bad figures.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 6, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

as for mike hussey not getting selected, i think it makes sense as younger guys need a chance, but i think its more that the selectors wanted revenge on hussey because he left before the india and ashes tests. they probably wanted the satisfaction of giving him the boot when he next get out of form, like they did with ponting earlier this summer(i will never believe ponting wasnt pushed)

Posted by mycricket2007 on (January 6, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

Why not such explaination about each player who got selected and not selected Indian selector is giving ? Indian cricket management / players become such professional. Hats off to Australia.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 6, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Bailey is too old, someone younger should be groomed for when clarke retires, maybe dave warner. haddin should never be picked again, hes 35 for gods sake, tim paine is ready to go and needs some international cricket for india and englaand as backup keeper. the rest of the team is good, but i would have picked more qld bowlers like mcdermott and feldman. and steve okeefe is a much better option than doherty. my team would be warner, hughes, khawaja, d hussey, finch, maxwell, paine, cutting, okeefe, mcdermott, mitchell starc

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 6, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Bailey is too old, someone younger should be groomed for when clarke retires, maybe dave warner. haddin should never be picked again, hes 35 for gods sake, tim paine is ready to go and needs some international cricket for india and englaand as backup keeper. the rest of the team is good, but i would have picked more qld bowlers like mcdermott and feldman. and steve okeefe is a much better option than doherty. my team would be warner, hughes, khawaja, d hussey, finch, maxwell, paine, cutting, okeefe, mcdermott, mitchell starc

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 6, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

There is no arrogance in the selection just caution. They had a look at the schedule and could see game 3 in SYdney chance to give Warner a break for a couple as we will need him in the number 1 form of cricket (test cricket) come our tours of India and England. Anyone watching can see Clarke has been carrying an injured hamstring, you can field in slips in test but there is no hiding in one day cricket. Wade also needs a break and although Im surprised they went with Haddin rather than Paine. M Hussey will probably come out and say it himself that if he is not going to be around for the next world cup that there is not much point him playing. Anyone that has watched recently would no Bailey has been part of the team lately and done well. He is the only one with leadership experience and believe an obvious choice to captain.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Haddin in but Hussey out 'because we need to look to the future?'. What a joke, Haddin should have been put out to pasture permanently two years ago, with Ponting. Use Paine and Wade who must be full of confidence after scoring that 100 and leave Haddin to grow old elsewhere. Bringing back an old dinosaur like him is just another step backwards.

Posted by peeeeet on (January 6, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Fans deserve the right to see the best players in action. If Hussey is available, you pik him. For all he's given to Australian cricket, he deserves a grand farewell in my opinion. Furthermore, to say they're lookin to future is fine, but how does that explain Haddin and even Dave Hussey? Not so long ago, Tim Paine was talked of as a future Australian captain. Just seems like they've forgotten him. In addition to this too, you can't bring in a bunch of young guys without experienced players to guide them. I could imagine that all young players woul benefit greatly from one series with Mike Hussey. I guess I'm jut a bit bitter that a great servant of Australian cricket isn't getting a send off he deserves, although he's getting a great cheer from the Sydney crowd.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

Has Michael Hussey been dropped? His form seemed fine to me. He never retired from one-day cricket. I don't see why he needs to be rested now that he has retired from tests. His experience would come very handy, seeing how inexperienced the rest of the odi squad is. Why isnt he in the squad?

Posted by KrisMcDonald on (January 6, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

I love that in one sentence Hussey is out because we need to look to the future, but in the next sentence Haddin is back. Do these guys listen to themselves when they talk? If that is their thought process it should be one or the other...both in or both out. Personally I'd still have Huss but Paine would be my keeper. Just hope we get to see Huss in some of the later games...he at least deserves a home send off.

Posted by al_notorious on (January 6, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Can someone please tell me why taking 2 keepers on tour would not be a definite thing? What if Wade got injured? Who else in the current Test line-up can keep if Haddin wasn't included in the squad? Talk about vague comments from selectors...

Posted by pat_one_back on (January 6, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

So is there still a chance Huss will play a farewell match against the West Indies? Appreciate he would have been rested in early games but if he's not returning that's a damn disgrace, fans and the man himself deserve more respect from selectors.

Posted by ozziefan08 on (January 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Why go back to Haddin what a ridiculous call. Try Paine again or Ludeman or even Neville. These selectors pull some bizarre stunts, starting to look a bit like the old panel. Should of let Mike Hussey captain and have an ODI farewell around the country. I dont understand Steve Smith getting picked if Maxwell is there either 3 spinning allrounders plus Doherty in the side we are not in the sub continent yet! And why hasnt Christian been picked? there are some good selctions here and some rubbish ones

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

very poor selection bkz to rest hussy from the shorter format of the game....i think aussie team wont take srilankan's too easy for the ODI series

Posted by Chark_attack on (January 6, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

Rubbish squad Hussy should be captain at this rate when clark retires the selecters will bring in baily as a specilist captain for the test squad and bat him at 10

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 6, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

I find some glaring omissions from this squad, how can Fergusson tour with the Australian side during the winter and not get a gig when Warner, Clarke and M Hussey are out surely he is in front of Khawaja. The same for Christian what has he done wrong in his international games to be replaced by Steve Smith. I'm with the other selections but wouldnt mind seeing Kane Richardson get a go some stage this summer.

Posted by mjee on (January 6, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Selection arrogance with Australia will catch up to them and be found out. Sri Lanka is a strong one day side and will win this series easily. Selectors have been quick to forget the South African defeat, Australian cricket is not the best in the world, SL test display was poor. Australian one day cricket form is poor and you need the best on field for a fighting chance. Good luck Inverarity and crew!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

What a joke....people pay BIG MONEY to watch Australia play cricket in all forms of the game yet get treated like they get in for free let alone to food and drink costs.......I think it is poor of the ACB to "rest"players when the paying public deserves to see the best as they paid for the best.Are they going to half the prices of the games that David Warner,Michael Clarke,Michael Hussey the 3 best players in Australia ATM arent playing..I doubt it

Posted by shettysaheb on (January 6, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

I think Hussey is paying the price for having pulled out of the test squad on his own terms rather than wait until the Aussie boat was a bit more steady after the ashes and India tours! Clearly the selectors are letting him know what they think of his retirement decision. There is no easy way to retire is it?

Posted by NallaBaaba on (January 6, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Resting warner will only dent his confidence and warner has played only 30 odd one dayers and his average is 31. These ODIs could have given the oppurtunity to get some form. This poor stuff from selectors. I hope Sri Lanka wins the series. Expecting something special from Perera, Mathews, Chandimal and Thirimanne. As long as Warner is not complaining, he should not be rested. PERIOD!!! ODI XI FOR OZ should be like this 1. Warner 2. Finch 3. Hughes 4. David Hussey 5. George Bailey(c) 6. Brad Haddin(w) 7. Glenn Maxwell 8. Mitchell Johnson 9. Clint Mckay 10. Nathan Hauritz 11. Mitchell Starc. This should have been the squad, but shame on selectors. Now Warner will not get chance to establish his place in ODI squad.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Well, the Aussie selectors certainly keep puzzling everyone! All in all, not too bad a squad. Bailey can consider himself very, very lucky to even be in the side, and Tim Paine and Moises Henriques must surely consider themselves very unlucky to have missed out. Thank goodness some sanity prevailed and Steve Smith was included!

Posted by getaclue on (January 6, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

hughes and finch are great inclusions. Both amongst the runs in the Ryobi

Posted by HatsforBats on (January 6, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

A bit harsh on hussey but fair enough if they are looking at the world cup. A good call on Hughes, I think he's probably even better at the 50 over game. If this is a squad for the future though, perhaps McDermott or NCN could have got a run in place of McKay? Good to see Finch back in national colours.

Posted by champion_india786 on (January 6, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

Nice and young team with some experience who truly can confirm their limited overs spot over the years in preparation for the WC in 2015. My XI: 1. Finch 2. Hughes 3. Khawaja 4. Bailey (c) 5. D Hussey 6. Haddin (wk) 7. Smith 8. Johnson 9. Cutting 10. Starc 11. Doherty. This is a team with variety and balance. 4 specialist bowlers with 2 part timers. This team can also bat deep with Starc at 10.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (January 6, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

Madness not to pick Hussey

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 6, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

So Starc was rested for an entire Test Match but he's required to play the meaningless ODI series? And the BBL teams can't be happy either. Hughes in ODIs is a bit of an oxymoron, yes, I know he did well for Worcestershire last season. Both Hughes and Khawaja is overkill. Not playing Mike Hussey is going too far, it would have been great to see the Hussey brothers in action for the last time.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

You have got to be kidding! Leave Bailey out and make Hussey captain.

Posted by nypd on (January 6, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

I think it is an absolute joke that George Bailey is even in the ODI side let alone captain, Mike Hussey should be in the side and as captain

Posted by Keepa-batsman on (January 6, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

No Henriques? No O'Keefe? No Paine? No Burns? No Ferguson? No Bollinger? Come of it!

Posted by KGY27 on (January 6, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

Looks like I'll be selling my ODI tickets on EBay. No M.Hussey?? I along with a few million Aussies, would have thought he had earned the right to finish his career as he wanted too instead of the selectors. Then again, it's always been about the selectors and the way they wield the axe. Remember what the did to Kim Hughes and Damien Martyn? Nothing's changed. Very disappointing indeed. We'll be ranked in the bottom half of the ICC rankings in all formats of the game if they keep going like this.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

absolute shocker!!! very very disrespectful towards michael hussey.. selectors still dont have a clue even the new panel

Posted by Dashgar on (January 5, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

All good decisions except Haddin. Why is this guy playing again? Tim Paine is in good form and should be back into the frame. We're supposed to be looking to the future, why look into the past for a has been like Haddin.

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