ICC World Cup 2011 December 17, 2010

Australia pick Hodge in initial World Cup squad

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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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • pimp007 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

  • on December 21, 2010, 12:02 GMT

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

  • 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)

  • Meety 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!

  • 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.

  • nisal2996 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.

  • cricketgirl1982 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! :(

  • Cam_PT 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • pimp007 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

  • on December 21, 2010, 12:02 GMT

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

  • 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)

  • Meety 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!

  • 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.

  • nisal2996 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.

  • cricketgirl1982 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! :(

  • Cam_PT 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.

  • Gilliana on December 19, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    @Harry Sandhu- Drop Ponting and include Warner. I agree that young Clarke should be dropped to favour Hodge. Ponting is not T20 material. I like to see D Hussey replace him. Macdonald is a good inclusion as he has proved with the bat too.

  • on December 18, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Well it looks like formidable team. My top 15 will be 1) Watson 2) Haddin 3) Ponting 4) Clarke 5) M Hussey 6) C While 7) D Hussey 8)S Smith/B Hodge 9) Johnson 10) Lee 11) Harris/Tait 12) Bollinger 13) Hopes

  • on December 18, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    1. Watson 2. Hodge 3. Ponting 4. Clarke 5. M.Hussey 6. White 7. Haddin 8. Johnson 9. Lee 10. Hauritz 11. Harris with Doherty, Tait, Ferguson & Smith as the back-up players

    But knowing the selectors, Hodge won't get a shot AGAIN and someone like James Hopes will get in while Haddin opens...meanwhile Ferguson may possibly get dropped with Paine as a back-up keeper/opener. Also they might be dumb enough to go into the subcontinent with just Smith & Hauritz as the spinners in the squad haha

  • Piyush_Advani on December 18, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Certainly a good squad,but Australia will definitely feel the absence of Nathan Bracken.He was unfortunate to miss out on the contract.All I want to see is the L&T combination(not Lillie and Thomson,its Lee and Tait eh!).Finally Hilditch sees that bright light and gets Hodge in the side.My XV would be:1)S.Watson,2)S.Marsh,3)R.Ponting, 3)M.Clarke,4)M.Hussey,5)C,White,6)S.Smith,7)B.Haddin,9)R.Harris,10)M.Johnson,11)B.Lee with the remaining 4 being C.Ferguson,S.Tait,T.Paine and B.Hodge.But first of all,I want the Aussies to regain the urn to get their morale high.

  • stFleming on December 18, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    My Aus XI--1-Watson, 2-Haddin, 3-Ricky Ponting, 4-White,5-Ferguson, 6-M.Hussey,7-Steve smith,8-Hauritz,9-Lee, 10-Johnson,11-Tait,

  • MartinInSydney on December 18, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    A good Australian XI: Shane Watson, Dave Warner, Cameron White, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus. 3 W's then 8 H's!

  • on December 18, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Australia will send 2-3 spinners. The selectors have already indicated that they would in the last few months due to the subcontinent conditions. I'd imagine a squad of Ponting (c), Clarke, Haddin, Harris, M.Hussey, Johnson, Lee, Smith, Watson, White, Hauritz, Doherty, Christian, Bollinger, Hodge. Christian will replace Hopes I think, his one day domestic form has been amazing!

  • on December 18, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Nathan Bracken Should Be There !

  • on December 18, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    gonna be tough to get picked in the side for everyone

  • mattyboy95 on December 18, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    for all you people wondering where Symonds is, he doesn't want to play for Australia any more and has basically retiered. Bracken has lost his contract and barely plays anymore so why should they pick him? really glad Hodge is in the side

  • on December 18, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    then who will give a spot for TAIT :P

  • on December 18, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Starting 11: 1:Shaun Marsh 2:Watson. 3:Ponting.4:Hodge.5:M Hussey. 6:James Hopes..7:Haddin.8:C.White..9: A. Macdonald. 10:M.Johnson. 11:B.Lee. Remaing 4 (To make the squad of 15): 1: T Paine (back up keeper) 2: Tait.3: M Clarke. 4: James Hopes. They have to be brave, and drop M Clarke in favour of B Hodge. With this line up, they will have batting right down to no 10, and still have enough firepower, and enough tight bowling to be done by, Macdonald, White, Hopes and Watson, 30 overs to be split amongst these 4.

  • vasu_mnvsk on December 18, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    My top 14 would be 1) Shane Watson 2) David Warner 3) Callum Ferguson 4) Mike Hussey 5)White 6) Brad Haddin 7) Dan Christian 8) Steve O'Keefe 9) Brett Lee 10) Doug Bollinger 11) Ryan Harris 12) Mitchell Johnson 13) Brad Hodge 14) James Hopes

  • 123451 on December 18, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Looks like the long rule of Australia on the world cups will finish before the final of the world cup. but they can still fight by playing this eleven.. Watson, Haddin, Ricky,Hodge, M. hussey, Cameron White,David hussey, Steve Smith, Jhonson, Ryan harris, Shaun Tait

  • on December 18, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Good Selection my odi team for aus will be

    1. Watson 2. warner 3. Pointing 4. clarke 5. Hussey 6. White 7. Tim Paine 8. Lee 9. Tait 10 Johnson 11. Steven

  • on December 18, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    hodge wll b removed in best 15...

  • T20man on December 18, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Despite their recent problems in Test cricket, this is still a damn good ODI squad. If the selectors pick the right final 15 (I know...that is a BIG IF), Australia is going to be very hard to beat. Hodge has to be in the final squad. I know who I'd rather have in my team out of him and Clarke.

  • Danno25 on December 18, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    My top 15 would be 1) Shane Watson 2) David Warner 3) Ricky Ponting 4) Callum Ferguson 5) Mike Hussey 6) Brad Haddin 7) Dan Christian 8) Mitchell Johnson 9) Ryan Harris 10) Nathan Hauritz 11)Shaun Tait Extras 12) Brett Lee 13) Brad Hodge 14) Steve Smith 15) Xavier Doherty Drop Michael Clarke he is done for.

  • on December 18, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    can anyone share some insight on nathan bracken???????????? i know he was injured but whats happening to him recently??????????

  • Bhatin on December 17, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Even though many of them never played in ODI, they should be given chance now... My picks would be - Victor Trumper, Arthur Morris, Don Bradman, Stan McCabe, Neil Harvey, Charles McCartney, Don Tallon, Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Dennis Lilee. Geoff Thomson, Allan Border, Shane Warne, Alan Davidson, Steve Waugh

  • powerash5000 on December 17, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    no dirk nannes? what the

  • JimDavis on December 17, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    crap, so Hodge has to put up with another 4 weeks of hope, and all the usual effect this has on his batting, only to then be left out once again after the Vic's domestic season is left in tatters. From most peoples lists on here I'd get rid of Bollinger and replace him with the cutters and run containing deliveries (plus decent attacking batting) of McDonald.

  • on December 17, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Where the Usman khwaja and Simon katich????poor selection..

  • rajesh_vedhamurthy on December 17, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    I would prefer 11 batsmen playing in a match in indian conditions. Such a dead flat tracks they are. Then, Michael clarke would be the last man in :-)

    Any bowler would give nearly 6 r.p.o in indian pitches. Let them be given by the part-timers. You could chase even four hundreds with the 11 batsmen you have. You would feel that the 50 overs are to much to chase them.

    For srilankan and bangladesh pitches, would pick 2 spinners and would drop clarke and hodge.

  • Razor88 on December 17, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    My 15 - Shaun Marsh,David warner,Ricky,Clarke,M.Hussey,watson,Haddin,Mitchell johnson,White,Adam,Hopes,Hodge,lee,Nathan Haruitz - Would Love to add David Hussey and Ferguson Instead of Ricky and Clarke,But i Guess it wont happen!!

  • on December 17, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    no lillee, no thompson?? how disappointing. lol

  • TywinLannister on December 17, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Where's Shane Warne and Richie Benaud?? ugh..

  • longdonkey on December 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Mmmmm 11 batsmen out of 30 players - interesting. I can't think of anyone that has been left out that I would add to the squad at this stage. On form maybe Butterworth and Faulkner could have some grievance seeing they've somehow managed to put 6 NSW bowlers in the squad! I'm sure they will be disapointed that Copeland and Hazelwood weren't included as well.

  • asraruwant on December 17, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Really surprised not to see Nathan bracken in atleast the 30 probables considering he was the world no.1 in ODI's not long ago, anyways my 15 would be 1) Shane Watson 2) Brad Haddin 3) Ricky Ponting 4) Michael Clarke 5) David Hussey 6) Mike Hussey 7) Cameron White 8) Mitchell Johnson 9) Nathan Hauritz 10) Bret Lee 11)Doug Bollinger Extras will be 12) David Warner 13) Callum Ferguson 14) Steve Smith 15) Ryan Harris. To me this looks a very formidable Australian Line up and really especially if they play them in exactly the same batting order as i have mentioned above, they will be really tough to beat with that kind of top 7 batters and excellent bowlers with watson and david hussey as their fifth bowlers.

  • Bigbanger666 on December 17, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Is Tait going to be fit?? A fit Tait bowling 150+ is a game breaker.

  • popcorn on December 17, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    At last,the Selectors have seen Hodgy's worth. Like they saw Simon Katich scoring lots of runs for NSW, and he got re-selected in the Test side.

  • on December 17, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Hodge should still be playing in every format for Aussie but the selectors obviously didn't liek him and kicked him out, look at what's happening now?

  • noman20 on December 17, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    i think nannes is missing, he is one of the good bowler now a days..but cricket asutralia continuosuly ignoring him...and no name of Ben Hilfaneus as well??? My team will be: Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, David Warner, Brad Haddin, Steve Smith, Nathan Hauritz, Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger, Shaun Tait, Bret lee (if he is fit), Ryan Harris.. Reserved James Hopes, BRad Haodge, Xavie Doherty, Shaun Marsh

  • Gordo85 on December 17, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    I am glad to see Seven Victorians in the 30 man Squad. I think over all it is a pretty good one except the likes of Brett Lee which I can't wait until he retires from all forms of cricket.

  • rollertroy on December 17, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    I know this is a completely different form of cricket, but Beer not even selected? 3 primary spinners in this squad. Is he now the 4th best spinner in the country?

  • world_peace on December 17, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    World cup 2011 will be the perfect remedy for the 1996 heart break. And this time around, there wont be much expectation and we should win if we fight till the end as we always do.

  • ZCFOutkast on December 17, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    I've shortlisted an excellent squad of very mature, experienced&reliable guys that's sure to retain the World Cup. Batting up to number nine: 1.Shane Watson, 2.Brad Haddin, 3.Ricky Ponting, 4.Michael Clarke, 5.Michael Hussey, 6.Cameron White, 7.David Hussey, 8.Mitchell Johnson, 9.Brett Lee, 10.Ryan Harris, 11.Shaun Tait; Subs 12.Brad Hodge, 13.Peter Siddle, 14. Doug Bollinger, 15.Tim Paine. Hodge deserves a place and can bat anywhere from 1-6 as a replacement. Siddle & Bollinger to cover for fragile Tait&Lee. Paine on standby for Haddin. These guys are unfortunate to miss out but they are the future& will have their chance: Callum Ferguson, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Steve O'Keefe, Steve Smith&Mitchell Starc. Despite it being the subcontinent, I haven't picked any specialist spinners since the current bunch is not good enough there anyway. White, D.Hussey&Watson are not only deadly as batsmen but they can share as 5th bowler.

  • sunny1307 on December 17, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    i think hodge won't be a part of the final 15 coz his record in the subcontinent is dismal although he is a batsman of high calibre. My final 15 is the following---- 1.Watson 2.Marsh 3.Ponting(c) 4.Clarke 5.M.Hussey 6.White 7.Haddin 8.S.Smith 9.Johnson 10.Lee 11.Bollinger........Extras....12.Paine 13.Warner 14.Hauritz 15.Tait

  • on December 17, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    seems to me strong side on paper, but on sub continent conditions they will face difficulties they dont have a caliber of Gilchrst, Mcgrath or Symonds to perform at any conditions.

    it will be difficult for them to retain the world cup this time

  • Something_Witty on December 17, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Hodge, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait all need to be in the ODI side. End of story.

  • Statsmatter on December 17, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Good squad and here's my 15 - Ponting (c), M Hussey (vc), Watson, Hodge, D Hussey, Voges, Ferguson, Christian, McDonald, Haddin, Smith, Johnston, Harris, Lee, Hauritz. Picked on form, experience and balance with some players point to prove. Mr Cricket just edges Watto for vc and no spot in my 15 for Clarke, White, Tait, Hopes or Paine. 11 - Watto, Hodge, Punter, Mr C, Christian, Ferguson, Haddin, Smith, Johno, Lee, Hauritz - all can bat and roll the arm.

  • on December 17, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Why not Andrew Symonds??????????

    It seems that these Aussie selectors won't let their brains get ahead of their attitude. OK! Never mind........... It will only serve as a MAJOR source for the Aussies not winning this edition of World Cup (MARK MY WORDS).

    No Symonds.................... No World Cup!

  • on December 17, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    looks awsome this team seems to win the worldcup

  • on December 17, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    That they can name a squad of 30 with only one debutant shows what a shambles the selectors are in. They say they've selected a squad with conditions in mind and several spinners have been included. Doherty, Hauritz, O'Keefe, Smith but no Beer who they thought/think is the best around this week.

  • Sachit1979 on December 17, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    No surprises in this squad but now it would be interesting to watch whether Brett Lee makes cut into final fifteen or not and who would be the leading spinner in final 15. Whether it would be Doherty, O'Keefe or Hauritz.

  • jonesy2 on December 17, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    yep there is certainly a world cup winning combo in there somewhere. so many options.

  • anandyadu on December 17, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Dear All very good afternoon....

    I have a suggestion for the australians that they will have to add on in there top 30 As Andrew Symonds... he is the best allrounder in all over the world cricket now a days

    Regards

    Anand

  • anur8g on December 17, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Where in ODI Specialist Nathan Bracken ??????

  • Nadeem1976 on December 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Australia is really a big force in ODI cricket. Lets see how gets selected. this is a very good team of 30s.

    These players are capable of defending worldcup.

    Lets see.

  • sophisticated001 on December 17, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    No Nathan Bracken in sub continent .... big big mistake

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Hodge Deserves a spot & I hope Lees form continues to warrant him too. Their missing from the side chasing youth is costing us now. Dont let it cost the WC too.. My club has some great U13's in it, but we dont pick them in the Adult A grade either...

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Finally some sense prevailed!!!!!! Hodge u really deserve a place...hope selectors would continue the newly found sense in including him in the final 15 as well final 11...good luck Hodge

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    hope AUS finally make one right decision , to pick hodge in final 15 if they want to win WCUP...they havent made any right decision so far but seleting HODGE Will be the best one they make.lets hope it pans out that way

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Brad Hodge seems to be the batsman that Oz is missing in test match cricket

  • catsa on December 17, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I bet Australia will Cut Brad Hodge like they usually do :( :(

  • biscuit2009 on December 17, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    I'm glad to see some new faces who could be vital to Australia's campaign in the WC and the future. My XV would be: 1. Watson 2. Marsh 3. Ponting 4. Clarke 5. White 6. M.Hussey 7. Haddin 8. Johnson 9. Hauritz 10. Harris 11. Bollinger. Extras are: 12. Hodge (bat) 13. Paine (wk) 14. Smith (all-rounder) 15. Lee (pace). Sorry to say but Hopes, Doherty and D Hussey miss out despite deserving a place in the XV. Prediction: Aus knocked out in QF.

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Good job. Now make sure to play Hodge in the final XI.

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    squad Ponting Clarke Christian Doherty Ferguson Harris M Hussey Johnson Lee Paine Smith Starc Tait Watson White

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    looking like very good selection..but i really missed one day specialist nathan bracken he should be in 30 ...its ok still is good if Andrew Symonds will be there in this list it will look like hot favorite team for WC-10

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    very good selection but this WC would be very tough for them

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  • on December 17, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    very good selection but this WC would be very tough for them

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    looking like very good selection..but i really missed one day specialist nathan bracken he should be in 30 ...its ok still is good if Andrew Symonds will be there in this list it will look like hot favorite team for WC-10

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    squad Ponting Clarke Christian Doherty Ferguson Harris M Hussey Johnson Lee Paine Smith Starc Tait Watson White

  • on December 17, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Good job. Now make sure to play Hodge in the final XI.

  • biscuit2009 on December 17, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    I'm glad to see some new faces who could be vital to Australia's campaign in the WC and the future. My XV would be: 1. Watson 2. Marsh 3. Ponting 4. Clarke 5. White 6. M.Hussey 7. Haddin 8. Johnson 9. Hauritz 10. Harris 11. Bollinger. Extras are: 12. Hodge (bat) 13. Paine (wk) 14. Smith (all-rounder) 15. Lee (pace). Sorry to say but Hopes, Doherty and D Hussey miss out despite deserving a place in the XV. Prediction: Aus knocked out in QF.

  • catsa on December 17, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I bet Australia will Cut Brad Hodge like they usually do :( :(

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Brad Hodge seems to be the batsman that Oz is missing in test match cricket

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    hope AUS finally make one right decision , to pick hodge in final 15 if they want to win WCUP...they havent made any right decision so far but seleting HODGE Will be the best one they make.lets hope it pans out that way

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Finally some sense prevailed!!!!!! Hodge u really deserve a place...hope selectors would continue the newly found sense in including him in the final 15 as well final 11...good luck Hodge

  • on December 17, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Hodge Deserves a spot & I hope Lees form continues to warrant him too. Their missing from the side chasing youth is costing us now. Dont let it cost the WC too.. My club has some great U13's in it, but we dont pick them in the Adult A grade either...