Australia news May 23, 2011

Beer, Krejza duel for Sri Lanka berth

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Michael Beer and Jason Krejza have both been included in the squad for Australia A's tour of Zimbabwe, and will use the opportunity to duel for a Test spin-bowling berth. Ben Hilfenhaus has been given a chance to show his international career is not fading away after the Ashes. The squad for the four-day matches against Zimbabwe was announced on Monday and has a strong Test team component, as the national selectors ponder their options ahead of tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, and the tour captain Tim Paine have all played recent Test cricket for Australia, while the likes of Callum Ferguson, Trent Copeland, Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner will all be in serious contention for the Sri Lanka touring party.

The most pointed battle will be between Beer, who played the spin role in the final Ashes Test at the SCG and bowled better than his figures suggested, and Krejza, the enigmatic slow bowler with the sharpest offbreak in the country but a mixed international record. Krejza went to the World Cup after injuries ruled out Xavier Doherty and Nathan Hauritz, and it appears that he remains ahead of that pair.

"It's really just a matter of trying to get as much exposure for our spin bowlers as possible so we can keep working out just where our stocks are," the national selector Greg Chappell told ESPNcricinfo. "It's pretty open. It's no secret that spin bowling is an area that we're keen to get at, finalise or make some ground on. We haven't really for one reason or another, either through injury or form had much consistency in that area.

"Spin bowling's not a straightforward issue. It is easily crowded by the success that Shane Warne had but most countries take time to find spin bowlers and good ones certainly don't just drop out of mid-air. I think we've got about seven spinners in our sights, the four going there, Hauritz, Doherty and Steve Smith. So there's about seven guys there and nobody's really nailed the spot down at this stage.

"We're trying to give as many of them opportunities as we can and find out which ones have what we're looking for. It's about trying to find the right people for the right conditions and that can vary depending on where you're playing, South Africa will be different from Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka's different from India even - it was quite remarkable watching the Sri Lankans and Indians play in each other's country."

While Hauritz is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder and is at long odds to be limber enough for Sri Lanka, Doherty is fit but not selected. His place in the limited overs squad has been taken by South Australia's Nathan Lyon, a classical offspin bowler who enjoyed a surreal promotion from the Adelaide Oval ground staff to the Redbacks' XI last summer.

Hilfenhaus, meanwhile, will need to show evidence he can regain the knack for taking wickets, after his spells grew increasingly unthreatening against England at home, resulting in the paltry return of seven wickets at 59.28 in four matches.

Tasmanians Faulkner and Luke Butterworth were rewarded for their prolific wicket-taking for the Tigers during their Shield-winning 2010-11 campaign, and may be considered with an eye towards the humid air and seaming pitches that can sometimes be encountered in Sri Lanka.

The teenagers Nic Maddinson and Mitch Marsh have been included in both squads, better to aid their development as Test players of the future, while Cricket Australia eyes will be narrowed on the captaincy progress of Paine and his deputy Ferguson, who spent the Indian Premier League together in with the Pune franchise. Another IPL commodity, David Warner, has the chance to defy his stereotype with runs in both formats.

Chris Lynn, the promising Queensland batsman, is a notable inclusion to the limited-overs squad having missed out on selection in the provisional 25, but will need to pass a fitness test on a finger injury before travelling. Stephen O'Keefe has the chance to press his case as a spinning allrounder in the shorter formats.

Even though the tour program is still being finalised, the squad is booked to leave Australia on June 25 and return on July 25, about the same time as the senior squad ventures to Sri Lanka. The A squad will take part in a pre-tour camp in Brisbane in early June.

Australia A four-day squad Tim Paine (capt, wk), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Nic Maddinson, Mitch Marsh, Luke Butterworth, James Faulkner, Jason Krejza, Trent Copeland, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitch Starc, Michael Beer.

One-day squad Tim Paine (capt, wk), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Nic Maddison, Mitch Marsh, Luke Butterworth, Stephen O'Keefe, James Faulkner, Ben Hilfenhaus, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Starc.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on May 26, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    @Lachlan McLean - re: AB Mac, yeah he is a bit of a forgotten hero. I think it would of been interesting if earlier in the Shield season he hadn't have got injured after the twin centuries against NSW, whether he could of made the squad for the 2nd Test. He should be considered more than what appears to be the case at the moment.

  • on May 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    i dont see why andrew mcdonald isnt being picked in these sides, played test cricket, one of the most consistent domestic performers, bat and ball of the last few years, surely he deserves a crack, otherwise very happy with the squad at hand

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    O'Keffe looks to be a good option other than Krezja and Steve Smith.Good chance for Mitch Marsh,Warner,Hilfaneous,Paine,Khwaja and Chris Lynn to impress the selectors.

  • smudgeon on May 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    @Inxia - I was there the night that two blonde walruses named Peacock flew in on the back of a Muchness, planted themselves upside down in a fig tree and announced in pitch-perfect Esperanto that Nathan Lyon was the anointed one, before then decreeing that Salvador Dali's moustache was to be Optimus Prime Minister of the Internet for a day in 1963. The bus ride on the way home was hell. Definitely surreal.

  • Meety on May 25, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    @hyclass - mate there has been heaps to gripe about with the selection proceses these last 4 or 5 yrs, this squad is one of the best they've selected for the purpose. I agree O'Keefe has been getting the raw prawn, but I suspect he has his passport ready for the Tests in SL. I think it is a good pair of squads, but some players are selected in the wrong squads (i.e O'Keefe & Lynn). I'd also like to see the selectors make Paine look over his shoulder by selecting Wade for the ODI squad. I'd like to have seen if there was a spot for the Sth Ozzy quick Richardson AND leggie Bailey. Not to be. The selection of Lyon was a good one. Dissappointed for Cummins as he seems like he would of toured which would of been good. The odd selection of Hilfy was explained by Chappell, so all in all they did a fairly good job me thinks!

  • hyclass on May 25, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Im not a Marcus North fan,but i find it galling that 3 of the so called spinners in this squad have poorer bowling records than him.At least he was honest enough to call himself a part timer with 128 1st class wickets at 40.9 and he bats.Doherty(98 wickets in 10 years at 48),Krezja(96 wickets in 6 years at 48) and Beer(27 wickets at 48) remind me of that famous Warne catchcry-cant bat,cant bowl.Only O'Keefe(52 wickets at 24 in 5 1/2 years) is a genuine 1st class spin bowler and one who is an accomplished batsman(544 runs at 36).His shabby treatment is right up there with Hodge,David Hussey,Hauritz and Hughes.When will player records be a factor in selection.These squads are more like a drunken raffle down the pub.Warner is rarely picked for his state side and has 2 fair innings from 12 starts.Mitch Marsh is the same.Ferguson wouldnt dare change to NSW because he wouldnt get a game.Doherty,Krezja,Paine?Thats what happens when the test captain and 2 selectors are from the same state.

  • Meety on May 25, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - I liked the article where Chappell explained why a seasoned veteran like Hilfy was shipped off on the Oz A tour. It made sense to me as I had felt that Hilfy was the odd one out of that squad. To me the 4-day squad was quite good except for the O'Keefe no show. Conversely I thought the ODI squad was not so good for the inclusion of O'Keefe & Copeland. Stoked that Lynn, Maddinson & Lyon get a crack, but why O'Keefe plays in statistically his worst format & left out of his best is just plain weird. Copeland is a lion-hearted young cricketer, but from what I've seen of him, I would ban him from short formats of the game. Why risk him for no real gain? It will be interesting to see how Faulkner & Butterworth go as my only nagging concern about those two is that they got their wickets on a helpful Belrieve oval. In the Shield Final, the pitch was much more test like & Butterworth in particular wasn't as damaging. Not going to get too concerned over 1 game though!

  • Wozza-CY on May 24, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Exciting squads both of them and I look forward to seeing how these players go about their task in Zim.....hope the games are televised? Like others here, I would have preferred to see O'Keefe in the 4 day squad (he would replace Krezja for me, already seen what he does) and Copeland's record on limited overs is nowhere near as good as it is in the longer format. I would worry that one or two poor performances in limited overs would effect his selection in his speciality, the longer format. Looking forward to seeing where Butterworth is as an international all rounder & hope Faulkner continues his prolific wicket taking. Don't want to read too much into non-selections & what they mean for SL, cos that would drive you batty!!

  • King_Anish on May 24, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Does this mean Shaun Marsh, David Hussey and Xavier Doherty are certain in the Senior side ?

  • rjt00 on May 24, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    i think dey would be resting shaun nd making him all fir nd hungry for the sl tour..!! its a very imp tour for them..bcoz its an away series...nd if dey flourish deir ..it will give dem a hell lot of confidence to future matches...which dey srsly need at dis time...!!!

  • Meety on May 26, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    @Lachlan McLean - re: AB Mac, yeah he is a bit of a forgotten hero. I think it would of been interesting if earlier in the Shield season he hadn't have got injured after the twin centuries against NSW, whether he could of made the squad for the 2nd Test. He should be considered more than what appears to be the case at the moment.

  • on May 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    i dont see why andrew mcdonald isnt being picked in these sides, played test cricket, one of the most consistent domestic performers, bat and ball of the last few years, surely he deserves a crack, otherwise very happy with the squad at hand

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    O'Keffe looks to be a good option other than Krezja and Steve Smith.Good chance for Mitch Marsh,Warner,Hilfaneous,Paine,Khwaja and Chris Lynn to impress the selectors.

  • smudgeon on May 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    @Inxia - I was there the night that two blonde walruses named Peacock flew in on the back of a Muchness, planted themselves upside down in a fig tree and announced in pitch-perfect Esperanto that Nathan Lyon was the anointed one, before then decreeing that Salvador Dali's moustache was to be Optimus Prime Minister of the Internet for a day in 1963. The bus ride on the way home was hell. Definitely surreal.

  • Meety on May 25, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    @hyclass - mate there has been heaps to gripe about with the selection proceses these last 4 or 5 yrs, this squad is one of the best they've selected for the purpose. I agree O'Keefe has been getting the raw prawn, but I suspect he has his passport ready for the Tests in SL. I think it is a good pair of squads, but some players are selected in the wrong squads (i.e O'Keefe & Lynn). I'd also like to see the selectors make Paine look over his shoulder by selecting Wade for the ODI squad. I'd like to have seen if there was a spot for the Sth Ozzy quick Richardson AND leggie Bailey. Not to be. The selection of Lyon was a good one. Dissappointed for Cummins as he seems like he would of toured which would of been good. The odd selection of Hilfy was explained by Chappell, so all in all they did a fairly good job me thinks!

  • hyclass on May 25, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Im not a Marcus North fan,but i find it galling that 3 of the so called spinners in this squad have poorer bowling records than him.At least he was honest enough to call himself a part timer with 128 1st class wickets at 40.9 and he bats.Doherty(98 wickets in 10 years at 48),Krezja(96 wickets in 6 years at 48) and Beer(27 wickets at 48) remind me of that famous Warne catchcry-cant bat,cant bowl.Only O'Keefe(52 wickets at 24 in 5 1/2 years) is a genuine 1st class spin bowler and one who is an accomplished batsman(544 runs at 36).His shabby treatment is right up there with Hodge,David Hussey,Hauritz and Hughes.When will player records be a factor in selection.These squads are more like a drunken raffle down the pub.Warner is rarely picked for his state side and has 2 fair innings from 12 starts.Mitch Marsh is the same.Ferguson wouldnt dare change to NSW because he wouldnt get a game.Doherty,Krezja,Paine?Thats what happens when the test captain and 2 selectors are from the same state.

  • Meety on May 25, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - I liked the article where Chappell explained why a seasoned veteran like Hilfy was shipped off on the Oz A tour. It made sense to me as I had felt that Hilfy was the odd one out of that squad. To me the 4-day squad was quite good except for the O'Keefe no show. Conversely I thought the ODI squad was not so good for the inclusion of O'Keefe & Copeland. Stoked that Lynn, Maddinson & Lyon get a crack, but why O'Keefe plays in statistically his worst format & left out of his best is just plain weird. Copeland is a lion-hearted young cricketer, but from what I've seen of him, I would ban him from short formats of the game. Why risk him for no real gain? It will be interesting to see how Faulkner & Butterworth go as my only nagging concern about those two is that they got their wickets on a helpful Belrieve oval. In the Shield Final, the pitch was much more test like & Butterworth in particular wasn't as damaging. Not going to get too concerned over 1 game though!

  • Wozza-CY on May 24, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Exciting squads both of them and I look forward to seeing how these players go about their task in Zim.....hope the games are televised? Like others here, I would have preferred to see O'Keefe in the 4 day squad (he would replace Krezja for me, already seen what he does) and Copeland's record on limited overs is nowhere near as good as it is in the longer format. I would worry that one or two poor performances in limited overs would effect his selection in his speciality, the longer format. Looking forward to seeing where Butterworth is as an international all rounder & hope Faulkner continues his prolific wicket taking. Don't want to read too much into non-selections & what they mean for SL, cos that would drive you batty!!

  • King_Anish on May 24, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Does this mean Shaun Marsh, David Hussey and Xavier Doherty are certain in the Senior side ?

  • rjt00 on May 24, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    i think dey would be resting shaun nd making him all fir nd hungry for the sl tour..!! its a very imp tour for them..bcoz its an away series...nd if dey flourish deir ..it will give dem a hell lot of confidence to future matches...which dey srsly need at dis time...!!!

  • Meety on May 24, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    @learos30 - Finch in BOTH squads? The guy averages mid 30s with 1 century in 3 seasons. He looked good in a T20 against England, Warner is ahead of him. @bobagorof - early in the season before Smith got drafted into the Test side - Smith was bowling beter then Hauritz, there was no room for O'Keefe. I am a big fan of O'Keefe but I think Smith has way more talent, but is still a WIP.

  • Meety on May 24, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    @ inxia - LOL! A Gazzelle! LOL! @Dean Cole - I agree. On the basis that Paine is considered next in line to Haddins job, I think Paine's back up needs to be scoped out. From what I can see - Paine & Wade are comparable talents with the gloves, batting is the point of difference where I think Wade has an edge. 1st class stats show Wade is 7 runs higher on average although Paine's Test stats show the gap is closer. In List A's the gap is 8 runs in Wade's favour with a far superior (85 v 69) strike rate, T20s the average is marginally in Wade's favour but the S/R is Paines (135 v 116). I'd definately like to see Wade play ODIs at least.

  • gzawilliam on May 24, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Finally a good squad chosen. Even if its just the A squad. I can't fault any of the picks this time. People like Bailey and wade have had chances , Bailey in particular has been poor all year. Wade yes a very good batsmen but no better than paine.

    Good to see Lyon in there. He is a test player in waiting. The same with Chris Lynn.

  • smudgeon on May 24, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    I'm a tad tired of the spin debate - the selectors need to pick one, and give them a series or two to find their feet. I guess the reason they haven't been doing that is because the quicks haven't entirely done their job either in the last few series. A spinner is not going to solve any problems. By the way - whatever happened to Peter George? Wasn't he going to be The New McGrathâ„¢? Injured?

  • inxia on May 24, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Can Nathan Lyon's promition from the Adelaide Oval ground staff to the Redbacks' XI last summer really be described as "surreal"? Was he selected by a gazelle who was melting into a river made of waffle cones? No, I didn't think so.

  • on May 23, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    I think the Aussie selectors should be trying to give an opportunity to matthew wade, he has been scoring good runs at a very good rate in the domestic one day comp, he should at least be given an opportunity in the one day side. Also I think George Bailey deserves a run, as he has probably been one of the mor consistent players in the domestic comp in all forms, these two should definitely be given a go in the near future. Wade, to push Paine and maybe even take his place as the next Aussie keeper, and Bailey to give us an option for when we lose ponting, katich, hussey

  • Meety on May 23, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    What I think Cric OZ is really doing badly in is not showing accountability in the selection process. I'm not saying this is a bad squad, I applaud the selection of Maddinson & Lynn & Lyons in particular. My issue is with the selection of O'Keefe in the Limited Over squad & not the 4-day squad. Why? Anybody that has the abilitity to look up a players stats (pretty easy to do), can see that O'Keefe has a fine first class record, reasonable T20 record & a poor List A record. Given the selectors have shown a fair degree of panic post Warne/MacGill & have tried quite a few 1 match wonders, why is it that O'Keefe who actually has a sub-30 average compared to Beer & Doherty around 50? Is it because O'Keefe is a certainty for SL & they just want him to roll his arm over in the limited over format, because he hasn't had many List A games? What about Hilfenhaas? I thought he was unlucky in Brisbane & Perth, but what is a tour of Zim going to do for him? Very frustrating!

  • Meety on May 23, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    @Something_Witty - I'm with you, if O'Keefe is not on the plane to SL for the tests I will take up following lawn bowls! @ Winsome - whilst I'm glad they have recognised the leading wicket takers this season for this tour, I do have a feeling that Copeland IS NOT a limited over bowler. Time will tell, given Cummins has dropped off injured, I think Oz should start identifying players according to their format. On that basis Copeland is Test material. @ smudgeon - I agree re: Faulkner & Butterworth. My only concern about them has been that Hobart has been a pro-seamers pitch this season. This will be interesting to see if they can continue their results on tour. @ Beertjie - my thoughts exactly re: Hauritz. Can't throw well then he can't go! @Dashgar - the article said that Warner will be trying to cast aside the stereotype of him. Check out his 1st class stats - they are improving immensely. I would not of said this a yr ago, but he has Test potential, (not now but maybe 2yrs).

  • Madhukar09 on May 23, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    You got to be kidding!!! WHERE THE HELL IS SHAUN MARSH?If you have any sense at all just don't let him tuen into another Michael Hussey. Oh well, I am sorry Aussie selectors have none. They have gotten worse than Indian and Pakistani selectors.I had a lot of respecft for Greg Chapell in spite of what he's blamed to have done to the Indian team, I felt he was made a scapegoat but looks like he is hell bent on proving me wrong.

  • AKS286 on May 23, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    aussie squad a/c to me :- p.hughes, p.jaques, s. marsh, d.hussey, a.voges, c. ferguson, t.paine, b.hilfenhaus, s. harwood, j.pattinson, m.beer

  • AKS286 on May 23, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    go for beer, beer is the future of aussie spin bowling. srilankan track wll dancing with beer bowling. world knows that left arm spinner is the deadliest boler to face. look ray price, abdul razzak, shakib al hasan, graeme cremar, nikita miller their economy in all format of games. names are very much unknown but on performance unsung heroes. steven smith he has to take retirement from international cricket.

  • learos30 on May 23, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    We need to get rid of greg chappel he was ruining indian cricket they had the brains to get rid of him now we have to do the same..... James pattinson should be there, Also Finch should be in both squads, I really like the selection of butterworth he could be a handy inclusion to the test team.

  • thianavi on May 23, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Beer is necessary for every Australian squad.

  • bobagorof on May 23, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I think it's crazy that Steve O'Keefe has been picked in the squad for which he had the poorest record of all the formats - One-Dayers - yet misses out on the longer form. He has excelled when given an opportunity (whenever Smith or Hauritz is playing for Aus or is injured). I'm still stunned he isn't better recognised. He's a much better spinner than Smith. He and Hauritz are the two best spinners in the country, and with Hauritz out injured (and out of favour - hopefully the end of the Ponting era will see him back in the side) he should be a shoo-in to play for Australia.

  • whitesXI on May 23, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I'd just like to point out to those people wondering why shaun marsh and dan christian aren't in the squads, it's because thay've spent the last few weeks playing in the ipl, the selectors know what they can do already, they deserve a break

  • DeAmO on May 23, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka is waiting... Here's to a mouth-watering contest and some high quality test match cricket!! Cheers!!! :)

  • Barnesy4444 on May 23, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    If only Krejza could bowl consistent overs in between his ripper balls our spinning problem would be solved. 2-3 half trackers per over is poor for an international bowler.

  • fazald on May 23, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Once again the selectors have blundered by not picking Steve O'Keefe in the test squad.Whilst all the other spinners like Beer, Krejza, Smith, Doherty have been tried & tested and failed at test level I reckon that O'Keefe should have been given a chance. I remember last year he bowled vey well against Sri Lanka A alongwith Hilfenhaus to clinch the series 2-1.I think he is a better spinner than the one's who have gained selection so far & have been overlooked for some reason or the other by the selectors.He is also an excellent fielder & an aggressive batsman who could bolster our middle order.

  • dsig3 on May 23, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Why do our spin selections make the news? Spin bowling is a minor part of our team these days. Who cares who we bring because they wont be winning the game for us its up to the batsmen and fast bowlers.

  • pontingkhan on May 23, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    I dare to contradict with all of you. No matter how absurd it sounds, it's best to give a chance to the unheard names, rather then re-exploring the wheel. It's better for the long term future of Australian cricket. Please do not forget, it's Australia A, and the players you guys have mentioned have been in selectors eyes for a while now. I am totally for the selectors for this mish mash of aussie talents. Rise again Australia !

  • Beertjie on May 23, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Yeah, O'Keefe and A.N Other are needed for SL! Hauritz should be picked, but if he's not throwing properly by the time the selections have to be made they ought to pick another offie (look at all the lefthanders in the SL team). Is Krayzee the man? The cupboard is bare, but don't hold your breath expecting anything sensible from Hilditch & Co.

  • VivGilchrist on May 23, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Why isn't OKeefe in the 4-day squad? I don't believe this. Did he run over Chappels cat? What on eart has Beer done to even be considered. Ranked 5th and heading south my friends, unless are best pliers are chosen.

  • on May 23, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Where's Shaun marsh, John Hastings, Nathan coulter-nile and Dan Christian or even Steve Smith. Guess selectors weren't serious while deciding on the squad.

  • goaussies on May 23, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    How on earth could you say that Krezja is ahead of a fully fit Hauritz in the eyes of the selectors?

  • on May 23, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Yeh what the hell are the selectors doing. they still have no idea. O'keefe is a much better 4 day player then ODI player, the same goes for Copeland, then Lynn is a better 4 day player then ODI. they dont know what there doing, they obviously dont watch state cricket. Obviously as something witty has said O'keefe and Marsh are picked for the Sl tour and is why there not there. Happy for butterworth, and faulkner but i like the left arm quick from WA. is it Ryan Duffey.

  • Dashgar on May 23, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    How has Nic Maddinson gotten in here? Typical of the A squad they pick players based on one performance. Warner isn't a four day player. Even he would admit that. Would also much rather see someone like Coulter-Nile be given a run instead of Hilfenhaus.

  • katandthat3 on May 23, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Really happy for Butterworth, Maddinson, Finch and Faulkner. Beer and Krejza can count themselves lucky and backing up some of the other comments, where is Shaun Marsh? (probably sick of me talking about him) but fair dinkum, it better mean he's already going to Sri Lanka. Shame Bailey and Cummins are injured. Hoping Fox can televise this tour.

  • Winsome on May 23, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Blake Houston, Shaun Marsh would have been duking it out with Ferguson, Khawaja and Hughes if he was in the mix for SL. Chappell probably thinks he's too old.

  • s.sreekant on May 23, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    copeland in odi team is not a good option and lynn should have been in four day team!!!!!!

  • on May 23, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    WHERE IS DAN CHRISTIAN IN ONE DAY SIDE?????? HE IS FAR AND BEYOND ALL THE SELECTED PLAYERS FOR ONE DAY GAMES. he great hitter, avg 40 in state 1 day cricket and 33 with ball, this is great stats and 102 batting strike rate, he need be in australia side now!!! (instead of steve smith)

  • on May 23, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Why was mitch marsh selected in 4 day squad?? his sheild record is aweful, fair enough for the one dayers he is talented one day allrounder. VERY VERY VERY good to see chris lynn being noticed but surely he is a shoe in for the 4 day side but he got overlooked??? Steve O' keefe got picked in the wrong squad he is a 4 day player and he should be groomed for tests not bloody odi's, hauritz is good for ODI's. Where is phil Jaques???? he is far and beyond david warner especially in the 4 day game. Beer and krejsa are useless why they get continued opportunities?? Australia doesnt need a spinner select all fast bowlers, its the safest and smartest way to go.Aus has plenty of pace bowling talent, bollinger, mckay, harris, lee, copeland , watson, Faulkner, johnson, etc there is no need for spinner. Clarke is a better spinner then krejsa and beer, why not let him play as allrounder? idc if he has bad back. Shaun marsh WILL be in SL so they didnt need pick him here. =p

  • smudgeon on May 23, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Good to see Butters & Faulkner (yeah, Tassie bias here) getting some recognition for their excellent domestic season. Faulkner's got a whole lot of potential. The real message I can see from this A tour is that there's a lot of depth in domestic ranks. Lets hope some of these boys can turn potential into performance.

  • on May 23, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    What about Shaun Marsh, George Bailey and Steve O'Keefe in the 4 day side? Surely they have done enough to warrant a crack at the 4 day side. Travis Birt and George Bailey should also have been given a crack at the one day squad. A lot of domestic experience under their belts as well as good performances to back their selection up. Especially with Australia struggling in test matches of late.

  • nzcricket174 on May 23, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    WHERE THE HELL IS SHAUN MARSH???? Also Nathan Lyon is a better spinner than all of the others except for Hauritz.

  • Winsome on May 23, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Trent Copeland in the ODI team? What? No Shaun Marsh in either squad? I hope that means he's a cert for the Srk Lankan tour but I wouldn't dream of putting even 10 cents down on that.

  • Something_Witty on May 23, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    I also have to say that I am assuming that Steve O'keefe is a sure starter in the test squad in SL, and that's why he's not in the four-day squad for this tour. This is what I'm HOPING. If O'keefe isn't picked for the tour of SL, it will be a travesty.

  • Something_Witty on May 23, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Can't see a great deal wrong with these selections, except that I'd have loved to see Lyon in the four-day squad. He's more than good enough to play four-day cricket. And he's streets ahead of Beer AND Krejza.

  • on May 23, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Where is James Pattinson?

  • 1qaz2wsx3edc4rfv5tgb6yhn7ujm on May 23, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Michael Beer? Jason Krejza? are the selector kidding? what have they done to earn themselves a spot in the test squad or even Australia A? Nathan Hauritz, Stephen O'Keefe and Xavier Doherty have all performed better in the Sheffield Shield than them and yet they get picked when Krejza gets absolutely flogged in the world cup in which i thought he was the worst pick possible and then you have Beer who is averaging 45 in bowling? this showed how far he was off test standard in his display or 1/112 Surely the selectors have noted this down before picking these players. Ben Hilfenhaus took 4 wickets in 5 test matches and yet they pick him? every single selector should be sacked giving these 3 another chance. Unless they come back next season and perform as good as the others they do not deserve their spot

  • sidzy on May 23, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Surprized not to see shaun marsh in that squad.

  • hris on May 23, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    would someone please sack hilditch and greg. im sick of those two and their stupid selections. what r micheal beer and kreja doing here? and why isnt o'keefe in the test squad? where is shaun marsh?

  • on May 23, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    No O'Keefe in the 4 day squad, yet Beer gets another go. Quelle surprise. When is that review of Aussie cricket supposed to be happening again? It can't come soon enough

  • jonesy2 on May 23, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    way too many choices for a great australia a squad. wouldve liked to see coulter-nile and michael hogan in there

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  • jonesy2 on May 23, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    way too many choices for a great australia a squad. wouldve liked to see coulter-nile and michael hogan in there

  • on May 23, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    No O'Keefe in the 4 day squad, yet Beer gets another go. Quelle surprise. When is that review of Aussie cricket supposed to be happening again? It can't come soon enough

  • hris on May 23, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    would someone please sack hilditch and greg. im sick of those two and their stupid selections. what r micheal beer and kreja doing here? and why isnt o'keefe in the test squad? where is shaun marsh?

  • sidzy on May 23, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Surprized not to see shaun marsh in that squad.

  • 1qaz2wsx3edc4rfv5tgb6yhn7ujm on May 23, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Michael Beer? Jason Krejza? are the selector kidding? what have they done to earn themselves a spot in the test squad or even Australia A? Nathan Hauritz, Stephen O'Keefe and Xavier Doherty have all performed better in the Sheffield Shield than them and yet they get picked when Krejza gets absolutely flogged in the world cup in which i thought he was the worst pick possible and then you have Beer who is averaging 45 in bowling? this showed how far he was off test standard in his display or 1/112 Surely the selectors have noted this down before picking these players. Ben Hilfenhaus took 4 wickets in 5 test matches and yet they pick him? every single selector should be sacked giving these 3 another chance. Unless they come back next season and perform as good as the others they do not deserve their spot

  • on May 23, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Where is James Pattinson?

  • Something_Witty on May 23, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Can't see a great deal wrong with these selections, except that I'd have loved to see Lyon in the four-day squad. He's more than good enough to play four-day cricket. And he's streets ahead of Beer AND Krejza.

  • Something_Witty on May 23, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    I also have to say that I am assuming that Steve O'keefe is a sure starter in the test squad in SL, and that's why he's not in the four-day squad for this tour. This is what I'm HOPING. If O'keefe isn't picked for the tour of SL, it will be a travesty.

  • Winsome on May 23, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Trent Copeland in the ODI team? What? No Shaun Marsh in either squad? I hope that means he's a cert for the Srk Lankan tour but I wouldn't dream of putting even 10 cents down on that.

  • nzcricket174 on May 23, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    WHERE THE HELL IS SHAUN MARSH???? Also Nathan Lyon is a better spinner than all of the others except for Hauritz.