Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane January 16, 2013

Cutting drafted back into ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Cutting has joined Australia's squad for the third ODI in Brisbane as cover for Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson, both of whom missed the second game in Adelaide due to minor injuries.

Australia's selectors are confident Starc and Johnson will both be fit to play against Sri Lanka at the Gabba on Friday but have chosen to have Cutting on hand as a precaution. Cutting, who is based in Brisbane, made his one-day international debut in the loss in Adelaide, where he scored 27 and picked up 1 for 42.

"Ben is here in Brisbane as a precaution due to Johnson and Starc coming back from injury," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "If both pace bowlers prove their fitness to play as expected, Ben will re-join the Brisbane Heat on Friday afternoon for the Big Bash League final."

Starc missed the Adelaide game due to mild calf soreness and Johnson was a late withdrawal due to a side injury.

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  • Andrew on January 17, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @PFEL on (January 17 2013, 04:42 AM GMT) - "...we don't want another player limited by the selectors like Siddle...." - actually I like that Siddle is not involved in the short forms, he isn't much chop in ODIs anyway. Siddle's best attributes are in the long formats & I am hoping it will decrease the liklihood of injuries over time.

  • Patrick on January 17, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Don't blame you Shaggy, like a lot of those speculative articles you can't really garner much hard info. He'll be playing Short-form games whenever fit i think. and hopefully he does, we don't want another player limited by the selectors like Siddle.

  • Graham on January 17, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Peel - Just going on what I read from this article

  • Andrew on January 17, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @ landl47 on (January 17 2013, 02:48 AM GMT) - if Oz require a 5/1/5 split in a Test situation, I would say Cutting is a must, as I think he is a) a bowler who is about as good as Patto, Starc & Bird, & b) is a much better batsmen than them all. As you more or less said, he'd get selected for a before b. In the ODI mix, McKay has the 4th best S/R of all time, (& has a reasonable sample size of games to boast this). He is unfashionable, but he just keeps getting wickets, a bit like Bracken, who was missed long after he was injured! @Chris_P on (January 16 2013, 19:39 PM GMT) - the way the ball travels through to the keeper, he is similar to Bird minus the height but plus an extra 5kph. The 50 over format is not his best format, but I am happy he is in the NSPs thoughts.

  • John on January 17, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    I agree entirely with Meety about Clint McKay, he was Aus's best bowler in the 2012 series with England and has done pretty well in the first two ODIs with SL. His downside is he doesn't bat, but taking lesser bowlers because they bat a bit is not the way to go. Cutting looked to have a decent temperament in his first game, he wasn't overwhelmed by the situation and was one of Aus's few successes in the second SL ODI. He looks to have a future as a change bowler/lower order batsman who might be able to bat #7 if he works at it. Chris_P, as he often does, has got it pretty much right.

  • Patrick on January 17, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Shaggy076, Pattinson plays one-day games for Victoria and Australia when he is fit. So not really sure what you are trying to say.

  • Peter on January 16, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    @Meety. Cutting is growing on me, although his bowling still lags behind the front runners, he is still in the mix, whilst his batting is a bonus (he should never be picked before others for it, but to be used as a bonus). Pattinson playing in T20's achieves nothing for him,

  • Alex on January 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Good to see Cutting is next in line, he looked good on debut, he should get some more games against WI when some of the test quicks fly out early.

  • Mashuq on January 16, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Happy for Cutting to get any chances in the Green and Gold. Must agree with @hris on (January 16 2013, 14:39 PM GMT) that current NSP picks test players on ODI and t20 performaces. Next test player in the line-up: Glenn Maxwell (lol)!