West Indies in Australia 2012-13 January 25, 2013

Finch replaces Hussey in ODI squad


David Hussey's future as an international player appears bleak after he was dropped from Australia's squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies, following on from his being left out of the T20 squad to play Sri Lanka. Hussey, 35, has been replaced by his younger Victorian team-mate Aaron Finch, 26, for the matches at the WACA on February 1 and 3 in a move the national selector John Inverarity said was made with an "eye on the future".

The rest of Australia's 13-man squad retained their places after the series-levelling victory against Sri Lanka in Hobart, a match in which Hussey was Australia's second top scorer with 34. Over the five-match series, Hussey was third on the Australian run tally with 128 at an average of 32, and his quick unbeaten 60 in the opening match at the MCG was an important factor in Australia's win.

But the selectors wanted more from Australia's specialist batsmen over the course of the series and were keen to give Finch another chance. Finch played the first two games against Sri Lanka and made 16 and 4, but has been in outstanding domestic limited-overs form this summer and is expected to partner David Warner at the top of the order.

"The national selection panel was delighted with the ODI team's impressive win against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Wednesday, in particular with Phillip Hughes' well-crafted innings and the bowling of Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques," Inverarity said. "There were concerns, however, with the team's batting performances during the series when the conditions were conducive to swing bowling, conditions that were beautifully exploited by Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga.

"Aaron Finch has been included in the squad at the expense of David Hussey. A top four of Warner, Finch, Hughes and Clarke his good balance and the team looks forward to getting better starts than has been the case recently. David Hussey has been dropped from the squad as the NSP keeps a constant eye on the future."

Such comments will not fill Hussey with hope of a recall. Before the one-day series against Sri Lanka, Hussey said he was still dreaming of a call-up to the Test team, given the lack of experience caused by the retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. But Australia now faces the prospect of a Hussey-less future, with the squad for the West Indies games also confirming there would be no home-ground farewell for Michael Hussey.

"I'm not sure it's the end of an era," Australia's T20 captain George Bailey said. "Dave's record domestically is still very, very good. I think he'd be in pretty strong calculations for that India tour and I wouldn't ever write him off from any of the other teams despite him not being in this team.

"Absolutely you're missing Mike Hussey, and will do for a long time. His skills are second to none and are going to be very hard to replace skills wise but also just his role, his temperament around the group, enthusiasm around the group. They're big gaps to fill, and hard to measure, a lot of the things Mike Hussey and Ricky brought to the side. So big shoes to fill, big opportunities for players, and hopefully we see guys grow into that."

The selectors decided against rushing James Pattinson back after his recovery from a rib injury, although Inverarity said he was likely to travel to Perth to train with the squad, while Shane Watson was not considered as he gradually makes his return from injury.

"James Pattinson came under consideration for this squad but, at the time of the selection meeting, he had not bowled a ball in interstate or international cricket since 24 November," Inverarity said. "It is anticipated that James will go to Perth to practice with the Squad.

"Shane Watson has been making pleasing progress in recent weeks. He is planning on playing for his Sydney club tomorrow and will be available for selection for New South Wales' Ryobi Cup fixture against Western Australia on 30 January."

Clarke is expected to be fit for the Perth matches after his late withdrawal from the Hobart game due to an ankle injury. "Michael Clarke is making steady progress with the ankle he injured on 22 January and we are confident that Michael will recover in time to be fit for the first of the ODI fixtures against the West Indies on 1 February," Inverarity said.

Squad David Warner, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Busie1979 on January 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    There are 3 shield batsmen outside the current test team with both form and career stats behind them to warrant inclusion in the India squad - Haddin, Rogers and Khawaja. Nobody else comes close. David Hussey has the career performance behind him, but I am sad to say (really sad actually) that this has been his worst year in the shield and he has struggled to make an impact in ODIs over his career. His problem is form, not class. He is a ready made test player who unfortunately is out of form when there is an opening in the team. My team for India is 1. Warner, 2. Rogers 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Watson (only if bowling, otherwise Maxwell) 7. Wade 8. Starc 9. Lyon 10. Bird 11. Siddle. Starc, Pattinson, Haddin and O'keefe off the bench. Tough call on Johnson and Hilfenhaus.

  • dummy4fb on January 26, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    I am with Wayne Perry .... I simply do not understand the thinking of the selectors. Batting averages Hussey 32, Bailey 31, Warner 25, Wade 21, Clarke 15, Finch 10, Maxwell 7. The absolute BS that is behind the selection of Aust Team in unfathomable.

    Doherty is 0/75 off 15 overs in Mel and Adel, then is lucky enough to be the bowler when two SL batsmen decided to throw away their wickets and all of a sudden he is a star. Recently in England .... 22.4 Overs, 1/125. Last year against SL 35 Overs, 0/191. Why does he keep getting selected???

    @ Shaggy076 .... totally agree with your comment and his figures would have been a lot better if the selectors picked a wicket keeper in the team. I also love the way he bats as No.11 and has had some nice 10th wicket partnerships over the past 12-mths including 77* (WI in B/town), 22 (WI in Ros), 46 (SA in Adel) 87 (SA in Perth)

  • Mary_786 on January 26, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    David Hussey out for 8 in the second innings of the shield game, i think its safe to say that its game, set and match for him for the Indian series. That should mean that Khawaja gets first crack at his brother's spot with either Doherty or Smith getting the node for the other spot.

  • ozwriter on January 26, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    i agree with dropping hussey. buy why pick finch??

  • Sunil_Batra on January 25, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    @MatthewRogers i agree with you, Khawaja and Hughes will be our stars in the ashes. I think either Khawaja will get picked in the remaining ODIs or he will head off to India early, selectors will have all this planned out as they have plans for each played set already, they are a organised bunch

  • Shaggy076 on January 25, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    FFL - The role of any bowler spin or pace is to help there team win cricket games and since Lyon has been in the team Australia are 21 games, 11 wins, 3 losses and 8 draws. Laugh all you want - he is doing alright.

  • dummy4fb on January 25, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    part 2...Age means nothing & hussey is still a key part of the odi plans for the 2015 cup. Both him & Maxwell should be in the same team - for the life of me i don't see why the selectors or anyone can see them as two players playing for the same position.

    Once again, australia's progress as team is not being hampered by lack of talent among its player - but very questionable selection policies. Everytime i see an aus squad announced i cringing at the possible crap selection instead of being excited about seeing the squad picked...

  • dummy4fb on January 25, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    ....part 1Yes Hussey looked vulnerable to the swing, but in the last 4 years such vulnerability to the moving ball has been a collective problem for aus bats. So why is Hussey being a scapegoat??. His technique has not changed ever since he became regular odi/t20 team member 4 years ago . All of this eye on the future talk is just a smoke-screen talk. Since only 6 months ago - inverarity was speaking about players like hussey getting picked on merit & performances despite age. Does this mean that if Brad Hodge makes a successful comeback in shield cricket - they gonna ignore him because they "looking for the future"?. Suddenly they have faith in all these youngsters that they were not sure about - which saw them hiding hughes & khawaja from south africa this season & picking an average player in rob quiney.

    This is just another cover up to the continued disgraceful use of hussey as player in the last year & general undervaluing of him throughout his international career.

  • Mitcher on January 25, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Funny our favourite English troll ignores this article is about ODIs. Is that because England have never achieved anything of note in the format? Much like they've never produced a seriously great Test side. In 100+ years. This current one was supposed to become great. Then went on to plummet from number one before they'd even taken in the view. Sad, really...

  • blink182alex on January 25, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    I think Dave Hussey could still offer a lot in the 50 over side, remember at the moment Watson is injured so he comes back and opens with Warner and everyone moves down one. Dave struggled against the moving ball when batting at 4 and coming in at 2/20 off like 8 overs, he's much better suited batting at 6 and coming in with 15-20 overs left like he did in the 1st and 5th odi's against Sri Lanka.

    I would say our best 11 would still be this:

    1. Watson 2. Warner 3.Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Bailey 6. D.Hussey 7. Wade 8. Johnson 9. Starc 10. McKay 11. Doherty