Kasprowicz and Haddin in one-day squad
Brad Haddin goes on tour for Australia
Trevor Hohns, the chairman of the selection panel, said "Playing in the sub-continent and taking on Sri Lanka presents a real challenge to this group, but we feel that 15 players will give us adequate depth and the necessary firepower to do the job." He also welcomed Bevan's return to the squad. "Michael Bevan's return to the squad following injury is welcomed, and we feel that a back-up wicket-keeper to support Adam Gilchrist is also necessary.
Hohns also justified the selections of Kasprowicz and Haddin. "Brad Haddin performed well when called into the squad during the VB Series and this touring experience should help in his overall development as a senior cricketer. In the pace-bowling department, we have included Michael Kasprowicz, who despite not playing during the two VB Series finals, is a proven performer on sub-continental wickets. His performance over a long period of time has been first-rate."
The Test team for the Sri Lankan tour will be selected on February 20.
Squad 1 Ricky Ponting (capt), 2 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 3 Michael Bevan, 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Jason Gillespie, 6 Brad Haddin, 7 Ian Harvey, 8 Matthew Hayden, 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Michael Kasprowicz, 11 Simon Katich, 12 Brett Lee, 13 Damien Martyn, 14 Andrew Symonds, 15 Brad Williams