No surprises in Australian squad
Steve Waugh has been retained as the captain of the Australian Test side for the series against Bangladesh, in a squad that contained no surprises whatsoever. Both the Test and the one-day squads, announced today, incorporated no additions to the ones that returned victorious from Australia's tour of the West Indies.
Damien Martyn's finger injury has not healed sufficiently for him to regain his place in the Test squad, but he was named, subject to fitness, in the one-day side. Trevor Hohns, the chief selector, said: "Martyn hasn't been chosen for the Test match because his injured finger just isn't quite right. The medical staff are concerned with his lack of preparation and at this stage [are] committed to making sure Damien gets himself 100% right."
Hohns brushed aside suggestions that Australia would have played anything less than their strongest sides. "Cricket fans in Cairns and Darwin deserved to see Australia's two world champion teams in action," he said. "We were always going to name our strongest possible sides. There was never any doubt about that. The players want to play in this series and they thoroughly deserve that opportunity."
Test squad 1 Steve Waugh (capt), 2 Ricky Ponting, 3 Andy Bichel, 4 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 5 Jason Gillespie, 6 Matthew Hayden, 7 Brad Hogg, 8 Justin Langer, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Darren Lehmann, 11 Martin Love, 12 Stuart MacGill, 13 Glenn McGrath.
One-day squad 1 Ricky Ponting (capt), 2 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 3 Michael Bevan, 4 Andy Bichel, 5 Jason Gillespie, 6 Ian Harvey, 7 Matthew Hayden, 8 Brad Hogg, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Darren Lehmann, 11 Damien Martyn (subject to fitness), 12 Glenn McGrath, 13 Andrew Symonds.