ICC World Cup 2011 December 17, 2010

Australia pick Hodge in initial World Cup squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brad Hodge has been given some hope of playing for Australia again, after being named in the preliminary 30-man squad for next year's World Cup. Brett Lee is also in the running for Australia's title defence, while James Pattinson is the only man in the group who hasn't played for Australia in any format.

The squad will be pruned to 15 by January 19, giving the selectors just one ODI against England to answer any remaining questions they have about their players. Lee has a strong chance of being part of the tournament, which starts in February, as he has 15 Ryobi Cup wickets at 21.73 this summer, while Hodge is the form batsman in the competition with three hundreds from seven games.

"There is blend of youth and experience in this extended group with exciting young talent like David Warner, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Stephen O'Keefe all pushing for inclusion in the final fifteen," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. "These players have some opportunity between now and January 19 to push for a spot in the final squad of 15.

"Australia is the reigning world champion and also holds the ICC Champions Trophy in the 50-over game. We've selected an initial squad with conditions in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in mind and expect this group to be equal to the challenge ahead."

Squad Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Steve O'Keefe, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Shaun Tait, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    i dnt knw abt symonds and acb relations..bt i knw dis much that i m sorry to say australia cant win wc without symonds coz he is one of the greatest players in aus..remember the innings vs pak in wc 03.......sorry to say abt bt its true..and michael klinger and cosgrove deserves the place in that line up

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    A decent squad and I am open to the possibility of Hodge opening. Australia can win in India with a 5 seamer attack as they proved in the Champions Trophy 2007 with Watson being the 5th and Clarke and Symonds rolling their arm over. But the most likely 11 would be: 1. Watson, 2. Haddin, 3. Ponting, 4. Clarke, 5. White, 6. Hussey, 7. Smith, 8. Johnson, 9. Lee, 10. Harris/Hauritz, 11. Tait. While I would love Hodge to replace Smith and settle somewhere in the top 4, I don't see that happening due to all the bowlers except Tait having sufficient ability with the bat and Hilditch aiming for the future. Injuries permitting I would also like to see David Warner get a few games opening with the in-form Watson.

  • carlyle on December 21, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    y have austrsalia forgot about mark cosgrove yes he is a bit big but he has showed despite his size he has scored lots of runs in england n also this season in australia he is a classy batsmen n should open the batting along side watson

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Should Symmonds be given a new lease of life now? He is almost forgotten.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    A pretty good squad. I don't agree with Watson as a starter but there is no good player to replace him (Marsh Is overated) My 11 would be: 1) Shane Watson 2) Brad Haddin 3) Ricky Ponting 4) Michael Clarke 5) Michael Hussey 6) Callum Ferguson 7) Steve Smith 8) Mitchell Johnson 9) Nathan Hauritz 10) Brett Lee 11) Shaun Tait The extra four: Brad Hodge, Dan Christian, Ryan Harris and Steve O'Keefe. I just hope Hilditch makes the correct decision (which he probably won't)

  • Andrew on December 20, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    @Ralph Argus Zielke - don't confuse ODIs with Tests. This squad are favourites to win the World Cup. @ betterthanboycott - not a bad side, top 6 is the same as what I would select, but @ 7 I would go with Smith, & I would go with Hauritz or O'Keefe ahead of Harris. MJ, Tait & Lee will have most batsmen quaking in their boots. @rollertroy - don't need Beer, (never thought I'd say that). Beer was selected for Tests, not sure if he has performed in List A matches. @ T20man - I would have Hodge over Pup in T20, but this 50 overs, & Clarke is very good in this format, probably Oz best over the last 3 years, since Punter's decline. @ JimDavis - whilst I probably wouldn't have Bollinger in my starting XI or squad - but he has very good form in all formats in India. AB McDonald & Butterworth are unlucky. @Tasleem Sufi - probably will be Christian v Hopes. Christian is looming as a genuine WC weapon. @Ash Pereira - agree re: Marsh v Haddin - don't agree re: Hodge v Pup!

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I think S Marsh is overrated when you have Haddin as opener and wicket keeper. It will be nice if M Clarke takes a break for the world cup and that easily fitls a place to Hodge. Watto and Haddin to open, Punter at 3 followed by Mr. Cricket, B Hodge, C White, D Hussey, Johnson, Lee, Harris, Doggy/Tait. You dont need any spinners and Aus proved that it can win matches with pace. D. Hussey, Watto and Hodge can roll their arm. The rest of the squad is S Smith (as a allrounder) Warner, Paine (WK). Injuries can be replaced if guys like tait and Lee gets out of action for the whole tour.

  • nisal on December 19, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Great squad, big question is, can any of these guys fire in the tournament, will these blokes and the mental and physiological edge to push Australia to at least the semi final stage, especially on these low, slow, flat batting wickets.

  • Haley on December 19, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    For those of you who want to know what happened to Nathan Bracken... They broke his heart long ago, and just finished him off physically! :(

  • Cameron on December 19, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    I'm glad they picked Hodge, but where do they play him? This squad is going to be very, very hard to whittle down to 15. I'd probably go with Watson and Marsh as openers, Ponting, Clarke, White, M.Hussey and Ferguson as the middle-order, Haddin and Paine as Keepers, Smith as the all-rounder, and Johnson,Bollinger, Lee, Harris and Doherty as the bowlers.

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