Australia news February 22, 2012

Selectors want Siddle as Test-only for now

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Peter Siddle will be unleashed in the West Indies as a Test match spearhead rather than taking part in Australia's forthcoming ODI assignments, the national selector John Inverarity has said.

In a sign that the selectors are shaping Siddle into Michael Clarke's equivalent of the kind of role Merv Hughes performed for Allan Border in the 1990s, Inverarity said the panel wanted Siddle to maintain the "lionhearted" standards he set against New Zealand and India, rather than adjusting his plans for the demands of ODIs.

In a similar fashion, Hughes played few limited-overs matches for Australia, as the panel then chaired by Laurie Sawle preferred the Victorian fast man to give his all in Test matches, where he commonly took the critical wickets in sharp spells. Siddle now appears to be treading a path similar to the one that took Hughes to 212 Test wickets.

"His bowling during the Test matches was outstanding, and we really look forward to letting him loose in the West Indies," Inverarity told ESPNcricinfo. "He was lionhearted and wonderful [against India] and we look forward to him returning there. But just at the moment he's not in our short-term ODI plans."

Under Clarke, Siddle has commonly been used in shorter, more incisive Test match spells than those he delivered under Ricky Ponting, also benefiting from the fuller length and discipline advocated by the bowling coach Craig McDermott - Hughes' former pace partner. Against India he repeatedly broke key partnerships before Ben Hilfenhaus and others cleaned up in his wake, until Siddle had his reward with a Man-of-the-Match haul in the final Test in Adelaide.

In his absence, the Australian limited-overs squad is re-assembling in Hobart for Friday's ODI against Sri Lanka. Xavier Doherty, the Tasmanian left-arm spinner, will play his first international on his home ground, and said there would be a decidedly different feel to the dressing room in Ponting's absence after he was dropped from the one-day side.

"It's going to be very different," Doherty said. "Having Ricky around for the last 15-16 years, he's the guy who's got all the energy in the group so that role's probably going to have to shift to someone else now. So it's going to be a very different feel and probably different for the public to come to watch.

"Like Ricky said, if you don't put the runs on or take the wickets then you leave yourself up for this sort of outcome. It is unfortunate that this is the way it's gone, but in professional sport that is the way things go."

Doherty has bowled reliably across the series, often entrusted with later overs in the innings, where his variations in pace, accuracy and occasional spin have prospered.

"Early on in the tournament I probably took wickets, which is the credit for some of the other guys doing the hard work," Doherty said. "In the last couple of games it's probably me doing some of the hard work and they've been the ones to get the rewards, so I feel pretty comfortable in the team now, it's taken a little while to settle in, but I feel like I can do whatever's asked of me."

As a limited-overs spinner, Doherty said he had been aided by his experiences in Twenty20 matches, which placed greater emphasis on him to be precise every time he delivered the ball.

"There's no doubt that T20 cricket is having an impact on the other forms," he said. "You have a look at Dave Warner's progression, Malinga, it's cut-throat stuff in T20, whereas in 50-over cricket you do get a little bit more leeway so the skills of T20 are definitely rubbing off on some of the other forms. A lot of people have negative things to say about T20 but I think from my point of view it's all positive."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • IamDan on February 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think the selectors are making a shrewd decision, Sid Vicious, is the leader of our new pace battery, the younger bowlers love him, and respect him. He was wasted being a containment bowler, because Mitchell Johnson, was no better than a 145 klick, pie chucker. So Sid`, had to reduce his 155+ klick bowling, to mid 130`s, to try and contain the run-rate. Now he is leading the Test attack, and has a shrewd Captain, knowing his pace and aggression, breaks partnerships. I also think you will find, in the bigger ODI tounaments, Sid will lead the attack, Bing Lee is over the hill, he is nothing more than a 145 klick, back-up, for our real bowlers, now. But Binga, is serving a purpose, we can rest our top line fast bowlers, while Binga`, is still doing the job.

  • Harry_Kool on February 23, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Just shakes my head at some of these posts. Listen folks, one day crcket just does not rate with tests. Period. I would rather win a test series and lose 10 one dayers. We got so many bowlers who can slot into the one day side without weakening the attack it isn't funny. Test clast bowlers need to be looked after and we have somewhat less available than one day bowlers. I am really getting excited by the calibre of our place bowlers coming through, it is sure to be somewhat of a golden period for Aussie cricket. I just wish we had batsmen in the same numbers and maybe some good leggies. Sound decision by the selctors, we are focussed for that #1 spot and there appears to be a plan in place to achieve it.

  • popcorn on February 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Sid Vicious! Unleash him on the Windies!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Lets see where we are 12 months or so before the 2015 World Cup. Am happy to see the likes of Siddle concentrate on Tests til then and the ODI's be used to bring through bowlers into international cricket. What is happening in ODI's is that the 2 new balls are taking out the mid innings dead period with a softer ball and making wicket taking more important ... the scores lately have been on the lower side compared to a few years ago it seems. It may well be when we get to 2015 that wicket takers who might go for a few are prized over honest tight trundlers. On that theme it surprised me to see Pakistan play the ODI's with defensive fields against English batsmen who might have been intimidated by more close fielders .... the result, no pressure and twin centuries for Cook & Pietersen.

  • MrPud on February 23, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    when a bowler is in good form he should be picked in the best possible team regardless of the format except when fatigue sets in. Siddle's form this summer has been outstanding and the fans will flock to see a fast bowler at the peak of his powers. McKay is an honest trier and there is no future in Lee. I have been screaming at the telly for a couple of years at Siddle to pitch up and, now that he is, he's getting the rewards as well as adding several yards in pace.

  • daSaj on February 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Siddle, Pattinson, Starc and Cummins together are going to be brilliant to watch in the longest form of the game and will lead Australia back to the top of the Test Rankings within the next few years. It is a good decision by the Australian Selectors to leave Siddle as a longer form specialist while Starc, Cummins, Lee, Hilfenhaus and possibly Pattinson keep us at the top of the ODI rankings

  • on February 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    The selectors job is to pick the best team available for each match NOTHING ELSE!... if Siddle is considered to be one of the top 4 one day bowlers then he should be picked regardless of tests, 20-20's etc etc. I don't understand how selectors don't understand this.

  • IamDan on February 23, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Good idea by selectors, save your Test spearhead, for Tests only, especially when Sid Vicious, gives his all every ball he bowls. His pace slowly dropped off from 155 klicks, to between 145 and 150 klicks, over the 6 Tests, this Summer. Look at the Melbourne Test, last over of the day, bowls Tendulkar with a 151 klick, Jaffer. How many bowlers who have bowled a lot of overs in a days play, can bowl thunderbolts like that in the last over. Also, i think Sids pace goes against him in ODI`s, top edges fly for 6`s, once you crack the 150 klicks mark, and because he knows he only has 10 overs maximum, he bowls to fast. He also broke down in ODI`s, with back stress fractures, after he let fly a 158.3 klick, thunderbolt.

  • redneck on February 23, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    great thinking by selectors, siddle is the test attack leader now and he needs to be fit to lead the even less experienced bowlers in tests. i thought he was just an honest workhoarse type bowler before this summer but he is the real deal! want to see more of pattinson and cummings, australian fast bowling prospects have never looked so exciting. cant wait for the windies tests!

  • thectexperience on February 23, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    I've spent the whole first half of this ODI tri-series wondering why the successful Test bowlers from the India series are being left aside in favour of McKay and Harris. Yes Harris played Tests, but nowhere near as successfully as Hilfenhaus, Siddle and Starc. Wickets early are key to 50-over games, as few sides have the solid batting in the lower order to maintain the run-rate for a long period.

    Having said all that, the rotation policy is a very good thing for fast bowlers. It is such a taxing activity for the body. I think Siddle would excel in ODIs but if this is the plan so that he can fire in the West Indies, so be it. Tests come first, at least here in Oz.

  • IamDan on February 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think the selectors are making a shrewd decision, Sid Vicious, is the leader of our new pace battery, the younger bowlers love him, and respect him. He was wasted being a containment bowler, because Mitchell Johnson, was no better than a 145 klick, pie chucker. So Sid`, had to reduce his 155+ klick bowling, to mid 130`s, to try and contain the run-rate. Now he is leading the Test attack, and has a shrewd Captain, knowing his pace and aggression, breaks partnerships. I also think you will find, in the bigger ODI tounaments, Sid will lead the attack, Bing Lee is over the hill, he is nothing more than a 145 klick, back-up, for our real bowlers, now. But Binga, is serving a purpose, we can rest our top line fast bowlers, while Binga`, is still doing the job.

  • Harry_Kool on February 23, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Just shakes my head at some of these posts. Listen folks, one day crcket just does not rate with tests. Period. I would rather win a test series and lose 10 one dayers. We got so many bowlers who can slot into the one day side without weakening the attack it isn't funny. Test clast bowlers need to be looked after and we have somewhat less available than one day bowlers. I am really getting excited by the calibre of our place bowlers coming through, it is sure to be somewhat of a golden period for Aussie cricket. I just wish we had batsmen in the same numbers and maybe some good leggies. Sound decision by the selctors, we are focussed for that #1 spot and there appears to be a plan in place to achieve it.

  • popcorn on February 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Sid Vicious! Unleash him on the Windies!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Lets see where we are 12 months or so before the 2015 World Cup. Am happy to see the likes of Siddle concentrate on Tests til then and the ODI's be used to bring through bowlers into international cricket. What is happening in ODI's is that the 2 new balls are taking out the mid innings dead period with a softer ball and making wicket taking more important ... the scores lately have been on the lower side compared to a few years ago it seems. It may well be when we get to 2015 that wicket takers who might go for a few are prized over honest tight trundlers. On that theme it surprised me to see Pakistan play the ODI's with defensive fields against English batsmen who might have been intimidated by more close fielders .... the result, no pressure and twin centuries for Cook & Pietersen.

  • MrPud on February 23, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    when a bowler is in good form he should be picked in the best possible team regardless of the format except when fatigue sets in. Siddle's form this summer has been outstanding and the fans will flock to see a fast bowler at the peak of his powers. McKay is an honest trier and there is no future in Lee. I have been screaming at the telly for a couple of years at Siddle to pitch up and, now that he is, he's getting the rewards as well as adding several yards in pace.

  • daSaj on February 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Siddle, Pattinson, Starc and Cummins together are going to be brilliant to watch in the longest form of the game and will lead Australia back to the top of the Test Rankings within the next few years. It is a good decision by the Australian Selectors to leave Siddle as a longer form specialist while Starc, Cummins, Lee, Hilfenhaus and possibly Pattinson keep us at the top of the ODI rankings

  • on February 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    The selectors job is to pick the best team available for each match NOTHING ELSE!... if Siddle is considered to be one of the top 4 one day bowlers then he should be picked regardless of tests, 20-20's etc etc. I don't understand how selectors don't understand this.

  • IamDan on February 23, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Good idea by selectors, save your Test spearhead, for Tests only, especially when Sid Vicious, gives his all every ball he bowls. His pace slowly dropped off from 155 klicks, to between 145 and 150 klicks, over the 6 Tests, this Summer. Look at the Melbourne Test, last over of the day, bowls Tendulkar with a 151 klick, Jaffer. How many bowlers who have bowled a lot of overs in a days play, can bowl thunderbolts like that in the last over. Also, i think Sids pace goes against him in ODI`s, top edges fly for 6`s, once you crack the 150 klicks mark, and because he knows he only has 10 overs maximum, he bowls to fast. He also broke down in ODI`s, with back stress fractures, after he let fly a 158.3 klick, thunderbolt.

  • redneck on February 23, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    great thinking by selectors, siddle is the test attack leader now and he needs to be fit to lead the even less experienced bowlers in tests. i thought he was just an honest workhoarse type bowler before this summer but he is the real deal! want to see more of pattinson and cummings, australian fast bowling prospects have never looked so exciting. cant wait for the windies tests!

  • thectexperience on February 23, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    I've spent the whole first half of this ODI tri-series wondering why the successful Test bowlers from the India series are being left aside in favour of McKay and Harris. Yes Harris played Tests, but nowhere near as successfully as Hilfenhaus, Siddle and Starc. Wickets early are key to 50-over games, as few sides have the solid batting in the lower order to maintain the run-rate for a long period.

    Having said all that, the rotation policy is a very good thing for fast bowlers. It is such a taxing activity for the body. I think Siddle would excel in ODIs but if this is the plan so that he can fire in the West Indies, so be it. Tests come first, at least here in Oz.

  • Busie1979 on February 22, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @Blakey - Brettig says Inverarity doesn't want Siddle "adjusting his plans for the demands of ODIs". I am quoting Brettig here, not Inverarity. It could be Brettig making it up or being sloppy in his language). If what Brettig says is correct, it is not that Siddle is written off (sloppy language on my part), rather that the selectors seems to have shut the door on Siddle's ODI career becausethey think Siddle's test form will be better off without it. By this logic, nobody playing test cricket should play other formats, whether at international level or domestic level. This implies ODIs aren't taken seriously by the selectors - which makes sense when guys like Forrest have been picked in ODIs as a trial for the test team.

  • Wozza-CY on February 22, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    I can see only positive outcomes to this decision. Should be more of it.

  • on February 22, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Good call if you ask me. Would like to see this done with James Pattinson and maybe Ben Hilfenhaus to. At least while they are bowling well.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 22, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    australia have enough fast bowlers including lee,mckay,harris/pattinson/cummins and now hilfenhaus to play odi.. let siddle play tests, good decision by aus selectors

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 22, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    post world cup Australian team under clarke and new support staff is progressing really well , lot of positives for them.. bunch of exciting fast bowlers ,a promising young spinner in lyon , arguably the best captain in world cricket at the moment.. they will continue to be very good in limited over format, their next challenge is to find and groom 2 players with the class and temperament to replace ponting and hussey in the long term. at the moment except clarke this batting line up looks a bit too brittle.

  • thinktank1 on February 22, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Australia has got talent..

  • on February 22, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I agree with the selectors that they have chosen the right form of the game Siddle is most prominent in, but they could've given him a couple of ODIs to test him out...I also think the selectors are mad to just get rid of Ponting like they did. They should have given Watson 2 or 3 games to sttle in again, and if it was really the end for Ponting, they could've let him play a couple more matches.

  • world.cricketer on February 22, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    If he is available why should selectors ask him to play only in teats..........that should be Siddle's decision. if at he does well in odi's they can have till 2015 WC.

  • Bravvooo on February 22, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Other teams should start learning from this move by aussie selectors.Even though Siddle's value in shorter formats is under discussion.Take the case of India;they had a magnificient young talent in Ishant when they toured down under last time.They overused him And where do he find himself now??Its important to save your bowlers these days as lots of cricket played.Its nice to keep some bowlers for a particular format as well as using rotation policy and hence build a pool of bowlers.See australia now-they hav Brett Lee,Harris,Pattinson,Cummins,Siddle,Hilfenhaus,Starc,MacKay,Bollinger among others to choose from.It helps the longevity of the bowlers...

  • Blakey on February 22, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @Busie1979, Siddle hasn't been written off. He is surplus to needs in the ODI format at this stage. He is a fairly handy bowler to bring back if required at a later stage. There will be plenty of games in the future.

  • Simoc on February 22, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I see Siddle, Pattinson, eventually Starc, Hilfenhaus as test bowlers. For the short versions there are plenty to choose from Lee, Harris, Cummins, McKay, plus Couter-Nile, Faulkner, Cutting and plenty of others. The batting and fielding are the problem areas. Hopefully without Ponting, one passenger is gone.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Siddle sucks in ODIs. Better to leave him for what he does best.

  • dunger.bob on February 22, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    I wonder what Sids Vicious himself thinks about all this Test Only stuff ? I suppose he'd like to be in the side but I think its the right move for now. He is the guy we really need in the Test side. Yes Poms, the very same Peter Siddle your batsmen thrashed into submission in Aus. last time you were here. That's how hopeless we have become. ... anyway, we really need him firing as the first change bowler so its fair enough to want to keep him fit and healthy. .. Unless he's one of those bowlers who thrives on work, not rest, it should work perfectly.

  • jonesy2 on February 22, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    harris and hilf should be the same. but then again if everyone is up and firing in whatever game they play in then it shouldnt matter. siddle though, is the best bowler in the world and if he just gears up for tests to make sure he is doing his thing the best he can then tests only it is.

  • farkin on February 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Under Clarke, Siddle has commonly been used in shorter, more incisive Test match spells than those he delivered under Ricky Ponting. so ponting did not know how to use him , so Inverarity is saying he is no good for odi's but using him in short spells in tests is that not how the use bowlers in odi's ?

  • ajayrcs on February 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    This John Inverarity guy gonna ruin Australia cricket He dropped Ricky saying he is not a part of Australia Future plans So why he don't drop Michael Hussey, Brett Lee,David Hussey,Ryan Harris or are they gonna play next world cup. Look at their age during next World cup they will be over their retirement age.

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Some very guarded comments by Doherty about Ponting's disgraceful treatment. And elsewhere some not so guarded and much more forthright comments by Matty Hayden. At the very least Ponting should not have been dropped mid series, especially near the end. This pathetic treatment of Ponting will reverberate through the Australian cricketing world for many years to come. Inverarity has made a major tactical blunder.

  • Meety on February 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    This is FANTASTIC stuff! The only negative I can see is that (assuming Siddle is the real deal in this re-incarnation), that over time not playing ODIs may effect his rankings on the salary review. The way in which pace bowlers are dropping off with injuries, we must keep Siddle for tests, I'd say the same about Harris & Hilfenhaas. When MJ returns from injury he & Lee can bear the workload of ODIs & get some great support from Starc & McKay. I think with the young bowlers that have emerged for Oz over the last 12mths, coupled with the fact taht we have arguably better ones yet to get a crack, we have the luxury of quarantining bowlers for certain formats. Really happy with this decision, wonder if Siddle is????

  • on February 22, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    nice collection... jst missing punterrr..... anyway Oz should produce another ponting like guy... :p

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Doherty's comments about T20 are interesting as it is something that I agree with - bowlers must learn to be much tigher in their technique to survive in this format & it is turning them into better bowlers in the longer formats... Perhaps this is why we are seeing poorer results in Test batting?... Food for thought :) ...

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    There are a number of reasons why Siddle isn't in the selectors minds for ODI's - obviously his much improved Test bowling has given them a go-to bowler & will be important to the team in the WI's... Siddles ODI form hasn't been that great & was expensive in the loss to SA in the Ryobi Cup recently... Also Oz already has a good group of pace bowlers in Hilfenhaus, Lee, Harris, Starc, McKay with Pattinson likely to be back within a week... It is the batsmen not the bowlers that have caused Oz's losses in the ODI's... In the WI's tour we should have both Pattinson & Cummins available for the shorter formats with 5xODI's, 3xT20's - not too hard for the young guys...

  • RJHB on February 22, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Yeah I like hearing that about Siddle, and the comparison with Merv Hughes is very relevant. Not sure Hillf should be playing one dayers, despite his success, or Harris for that matter. The young guys keep getting injured so the older, stronger types need to be maintained and having them bust a nut diving in the field in ODI's doesn't seem all that smart.

  • azzaman333 on February 22, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Brilliant news. Don't need him changing what he's doing to suit short form cricket when his test bowling is so good.

  • Busie1979 on February 22, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    I hate it when players are pigeon holed as a specialist test or ODI player. Siddle is being written off as an ODI prospect, at financial cost to him and limiting what it is possible to achieve in his career. The implication is - even if his Ryobi cup is outstanding, too bad. He will not be considered. I am not saying Siddle should be picked now. At this stage, he does not deserve to be in the ODI team based on current or past one day performance - fair enough. But that may change in the future and if it does he should be rewarded. I hate it when guys like David Hussey don't get a test guernsey despite a first class average of 54. I also hate seeing guys like Siddle written off in ODIs.

  • bhagat94 on February 22, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    indian selectors should learn from aussies hoe they pllan their moves thinking in the interest of game rather than merely selecting them at least this is the right time to make a proper move in indian cricket.

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  • bhagat94 on February 22, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    indian selectors should learn from aussies hoe they pllan their moves thinking in the interest of game rather than merely selecting them at least this is the right time to make a proper move in indian cricket.

  • Busie1979 on February 22, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    I hate it when players are pigeon holed as a specialist test or ODI player. Siddle is being written off as an ODI prospect, at financial cost to him and limiting what it is possible to achieve in his career. The implication is - even if his Ryobi cup is outstanding, too bad. He will not be considered. I am not saying Siddle should be picked now. At this stage, he does not deserve to be in the ODI team based on current or past one day performance - fair enough. But that may change in the future and if it does he should be rewarded. I hate it when guys like David Hussey don't get a test guernsey despite a first class average of 54. I also hate seeing guys like Siddle written off in ODIs.

  • azzaman333 on February 22, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Brilliant news. Don't need him changing what he's doing to suit short form cricket when his test bowling is so good.

  • RJHB on February 22, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Yeah I like hearing that about Siddle, and the comparison with Merv Hughes is very relevant. Not sure Hillf should be playing one dayers, despite his success, or Harris for that matter. The young guys keep getting injured so the older, stronger types need to be maintained and having them bust a nut diving in the field in ODI's doesn't seem all that smart.

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    There are a number of reasons why Siddle isn't in the selectors minds for ODI's - obviously his much improved Test bowling has given them a go-to bowler & will be important to the team in the WI's... Siddles ODI form hasn't been that great & was expensive in the loss to SA in the Ryobi Cup recently... Also Oz already has a good group of pace bowlers in Hilfenhaus, Lee, Harris, Starc, McKay with Pattinson likely to be back within a week... It is the batsmen not the bowlers that have caused Oz's losses in the ODI's... In the WI's tour we should have both Pattinson & Cummins available for the shorter formats with 5xODI's, 3xT20's - not too hard for the young guys...

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Doherty's comments about T20 are interesting as it is something that I agree with - bowlers must learn to be much tigher in their technique to survive in this format & it is turning them into better bowlers in the longer formats... Perhaps this is why we are seeing poorer results in Test batting?... Food for thought :) ...

  • on February 22, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    nice collection... jst missing punterrr..... anyway Oz should produce another ponting like guy... :p

  • Meety on February 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    This is FANTASTIC stuff! The only negative I can see is that (assuming Siddle is the real deal in this re-incarnation), that over time not playing ODIs may effect his rankings on the salary review. The way in which pace bowlers are dropping off with injuries, we must keep Siddle for tests, I'd say the same about Harris & Hilfenhaas. When MJ returns from injury he & Lee can bear the workload of ODIs & get some great support from Starc & McKay. I think with the young bowlers that have emerged for Oz over the last 12mths, coupled with the fact taht we have arguably better ones yet to get a crack, we have the luxury of quarantining bowlers for certain formats. Really happy with this decision, wonder if Siddle is????

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Some very guarded comments by Doherty about Ponting's disgraceful treatment. And elsewhere some not so guarded and much more forthright comments by Matty Hayden. At the very least Ponting should not have been dropped mid series, especially near the end. This pathetic treatment of Ponting will reverberate through the Australian cricketing world for many years to come. Inverarity has made a major tactical blunder.

  • ajayrcs on February 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    This John Inverarity guy gonna ruin Australia cricket He dropped Ricky saying he is not a part of Australia Future plans So why he don't drop Michael Hussey, Brett Lee,David Hussey,Ryan Harris or are they gonna play next world cup. Look at their age during next World cup they will be over their retirement age.