Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane

Cutting drafted back into ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 16, 2013

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Ben Cutting gets his Australia cap from Greg Chappell, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide, January 13, 2013
Ben Cutting, who made his ODI debut in Adelaide, has rejoined the squad © Getty Images
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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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Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by PFEL 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.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 17, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

Peel - Just going on what I read from this article http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/story/590081.html

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by landl47 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.

Posted by PFEL 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.

Posted by Chris_P 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,

Posted by blink182alex 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.

Posted by Beertjie 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)!

Posted by hris on (January 16, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

i would prefer Coulter-Nile in one day games. Cutting for test matches. But like Hilditch and co the current NSP picks test players on t20 performaces and t20, odi on shield form. examples - Lyon in tests, OKeefe in t20, Forrest in Odi, Cutting in odi, Doherty in tests in the ashes.

Posted by Meety on (January 16, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 16 2013, 08:49 AM GMT) - McKay may not appear to be as cool as other bowlers, but I suggest you have a look at his S/Rate. McKay was the 11th fastest ODI bowler of all time to 50 wickets & 4th fastest Ozzy. He currently has the 4th best S/Rate of all time (minimum 1000 balls). I am massice Cutting fan, but I would not want to see McKay dropped as he is slower than our other bowlers & therefor adds variety.

Posted by swauzzie on (January 16, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Hmmmmm this is a tough one! On one hand I want Starc & Johnson to be fit so that Ben can play for the Heat. But on the other hand, it would be better for him to have another game in the green & gold & showcase his talents on the international scene. He's one player that deserves to be playing all forms of the game for Oz, just look at his stats in the sheild for the 2012/13 season - he's a class act! To solve the riddle on the final vs the 3rd game - Would be good if he could do both :)

Posted by PFEL on (January 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Big_Maxy_Walker, Clint McKay is the best One Day bowler we have. Why should he "make way"

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (January 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

What ever it is... Drop Tharanga and give a chance to a spectator to get his place.... Hahahah... That will help SL.... At least the Aussies will have to fight for that wicket.....

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Warne can complain all he wants but tell me what advantage does Australia get out of Pattinson playing in a T20 game. He doesnt play one-day games for Victoria and is unlikely to be selected in any short game format.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

cutting should be given an extended run in the national side, his form of the few years demands it. clint mckay should make way from now on

Posted by Meety on (January 16, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

@sifter132 on (January 16 2013, 07:10 AM GMT) - conspiracy maybe. I am happy that QLD got the rub of the green for once, they don't generally get very good National representation in cricket over recent years. As for as the Patto saga, I think Warne is full of BS on that one. So what if Patto has just come back & bowled in a Grade game? He is a blue-chip bowling asset & needs to be given a thorough going over & probably SHOULD NOT be playing T20s between now & when he can start bowling in the Shield.

Posted by Meety on (January 16, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Sorry Heat, but I hope Cutting plays, I really think he could give some balance to the ODI side, AND I reckon he has the ability to develop into a decent batsmen at Test level (say average around 30).

Posted by sifter132 on (January 16, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

It's a bit surprising Cutting got to play in the BBL semi final, and leave the ODI squad with only 3 fast bowlers. Conspiracy? Warne complains about Pattinson being unavailable, Cutting gets to play for Heat...

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