Australia news July 10, 2012

New South Wales name new-look squad

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The substantial turnover of players at New South Wales has been completed, with seven new faces included in the state's list of contracted players for 2012-13. The Blues were hit hard by retirements and defections after last summer, with Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Hauritz and Timm van der Gugten all having headed interstate and Simon Katich, Phil Jaques, Beau Casson and Stuart Clark having all retired.

New South Wales have not imported any players to replace the group, instead promoting young men who had been on the fringes of the state side or rewarding strong club performers. Arguably the most exciting prospects among the inclusions are the batsman Kurtis Patterson, 19, who scored 157 on his Sheffield Shield debut last summer, and the fast bowler Josh Lalor, 24, who made a good start to his first-class career last season.

The opening batsmen Tim Cruickshank, 30, and Scott Henry, 23, have been handed deals as the Blues search for a new top-order combination having lost three openers - Hughes, Katich and Jaques. The North Sydney batsman Daniel Hughes has earned his first contract, as has the fast bowler Chris Tremain, 20, who made his debut for the Blues last season.

There was also a contract for the wicketkeeper-batsman David Dawson, 30, who played 23 first-class matches for Tasmania over a five-year period before moving to New South Wales. He played one Sheffield Shield game for the Blues late last summer and impressed the selectors as the leading run scorer in Sydney grade cricket.

The allrounder Sean Abbott was upgraded from a rookie contract to a full deal, while new rookies included Harry Conway and Gurinder Sandhu. The fast bowler Burt Cockley, who was part of Australia's ODI squad in India in 2009 but has not played for New South Wales since November of that year due to injuries, has not been given a contract and is playing grade cricket in Darwin in an effort to revive his career.

David Gilbert, the Cricket New South Wales chief executive, said: "While it will always be a challenge to replace cricketers with Test match experience, the New South Wales SpeedBlitz Blues still have a core group of players who have experienced success in domestic cricket, and many of them have represented Australia in their careers to date.

"There are several new names in our squad this summer, all of whom have been selected due to their impressive performances in both grade and second XI cricket. There are excellent opportunities on offer for the season ahead."

New South Wales squad Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Michael Clarke (Cricket Australia contract), Trent Copeland, Tim Cruickshank, Pat Cummins (CA), David Dawson, Brad Haddin (CA), Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Scott Henry, Daniel Hughes, Josh Lalor, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc (CA), Chris Tremain, Shane Watson (CA), David Warner (CA) Rookies Nic Bills, Luke Doran, Gurinder Sandhu, Harry Conway, Adam Zampa.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on July 12, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Steve smith my support is wd u !!

  • zenboomerang on July 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @straight_drive4... I think you are getting close to the money re:CNSW... I've commented a number of times on this - think you will find that management, coaches have created the current situation... But also with CA dropping so many NSW players from central contracts has put pressure on all - aka, the retirements & moving interstate - also the other States have better opportunities to offer more in regard to contracts/wages... Think Hughes has the best deal & will get less pressure getting settled into SA cricket than say Usie in Qld... Still of the opinion that Shield requires 2 more teams...

  • msmith4280 on July 10, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Nathan Kiely - They're not counting Cowley, Doran and Sandhu who are on rookie contracts. Bowling attack better than England? I don't think so. NSW bowling attack is full of kids now. Do NSW really need 12 seamers and 4 spinners?

  • straight_drive4 on July 10, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @GMFoley - sorry i also forgot to add that i dont think i am the only one who is thinking this way - ref to Meety comments and NSW always trying to uncover the next big thing. rightly or wrongly, something tells me they were pushed

  • straight_drive4 on July 10, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @GMFoley - im not sure what you mean by "opportunities at the top of the order" - Hughes opens and khawaga bats 3. in addition to that - they have been certain starters in every talent stacked NSW team. they have been given every opportunity. i can understand guys like forrest and christian moving states to get an opportunity but these guys have been given everything. are they going to change states every time they are out of form? i dont think so. im not saying im right - but i just find it fishy that so many players have left all at once to "promote their careers". why havent other states had the mass exodus we have? something seems odd. it seems as though they have been pushed. i know its not a valid argument but for what it is worth - i know a former NSW player that has said quite a few of the players are unhappy with admin. im not basing my comments on that, im just throwing that in there for what its worth. IMO most of these players have been pushed out and i cant figure out why

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @msmith4280 Cruickshank, Dawson and Patterson all played matches for NSW last season and are thus not new at all. This young NSW side does look exciting though. Look forward to seeing some of these young guys step up.

  • SagirParkar on July 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Jonesy >> if only the national team was doing better in England.. i was hoping it would be a better contest with Aussies having the upper hand.. i am quite disappointed that it hasnt been the case.. off to watch Aus-Eng at Old Trafford today and hoping the rain holds off for the game.. and also hoping that i get to see an Aussie win !!! it is about time they did so..

  • Paul_Rampley on July 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    We will miss Khawaja, he was our best shield batsman, but hopefully he does well under boof and makes the Aussie team

  • welly1 on July 10, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    It maybe time for the coach to leave as well?

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    good to see nsw not importing players like the redbacks. Will give job security to blokes like Cruickshank and Dawson. Lallor is a good prospect, and so is patterson.

  • on July 12, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Steve smith my support is wd u !!

  • zenboomerang on July 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @straight_drive4... I think you are getting close to the money re:CNSW... I've commented a number of times on this - think you will find that management, coaches have created the current situation... But also with CA dropping so many NSW players from central contracts has put pressure on all - aka, the retirements & moving interstate - also the other States have better opportunities to offer more in regard to contracts/wages... Think Hughes has the best deal & will get less pressure getting settled into SA cricket than say Usie in Qld... Still of the opinion that Shield requires 2 more teams...

  • msmith4280 on July 10, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Nathan Kiely - They're not counting Cowley, Doran and Sandhu who are on rookie contracts. Bowling attack better than England? I don't think so. NSW bowling attack is full of kids now. Do NSW really need 12 seamers and 4 spinners?

  • straight_drive4 on July 10, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @GMFoley - sorry i also forgot to add that i dont think i am the only one who is thinking this way - ref to Meety comments and NSW always trying to uncover the next big thing. rightly or wrongly, something tells me they were pushed

  • straight_drive4 on July 10, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @GMFoley - im not sure what you mean by "opportunities at the top of the order" - Hughes opens and khawaga bats 3. in addition to that - they have been certain starters in every talent stacked NSW team. they have been given every opportunity. i can understand guys like forrest and christian moving states to get an opportunity but these guys have been given everything. are they going to change states every time they are out of form? i dont think so. im not saying im right - but i just find it fishy that so many players have left all at once to "promote their careers". why havent other states had the mass exodus we have? something seems odd. it seems as though they have been pushed. i know its not a valid argument but for what it is worth - i know a former NSW player that has said quite a few of the players are unhappy with admin. im not basing my comments on that, im just throwing that in there for what its worth. IMO most of these players have been pushed out and i cant figure out why

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @msmith4280 Cruickshank, Dawson and Patterson all played matches for NSW last season and are thus not new at all. This young NSW side does look exciting though. Look forward to seeing some of these young guys step up.

  • SagirParkar on July 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Jonesy >> if only the national team was doing better in England.. i was hoping it would be a better contest with Aussies having the upper hand.. i am quite disappointed that it hasnt been the case.. off to watch Aus-Eng at Old Trafford today and hoping the rain holds off for the game.. and also hoping that i get to see an Aussie win !!! it is about time they did so..

  • Paul_Rampley on July 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    We will miss Khawaja, he was our best shield batsman, but hopefully he does well under boof and makes the Aussie team

  • welly1 on July 10, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    It maybe time for the coach to leave as well?

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    good to see nsw not importing players like the redbacks. Will give job security to blokes like Cruickshank and Dawson. Lallor is a good prospect, and so is patterson.

  • msmith4280 on July 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Seven new players? Cruickshank, Dawson, Henry, Hughes, Lalor, Patterson, Tremain, Doran, Sandhu and Conway. I make that 10 new players. New South Wales have lost eight internationals in Clark, Casson, Hauritz, Hughes, Katich, Khawaja, Jaques and Lee. Brain, Cockley and van der Gugten have also left.

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    sean abbott, watch for him

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    bowling stocks that are better than englands test team. quite impressive

  • GMFoley on July 10, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    SD4- if you'd been keeping an eye on the news in the past week, you'll have seen that Khawaja and Hughes have moved states, to QLD and SA respectively, to ensure that they get the opportunities at the top of the order that they need to flourish. That and to get away from the SCG deck this summer- it will be low and slow with all the rain over winter. Nothing to do with the NSWCA off loading them, purely personal decisions for the benefit of their own cricket.

    Very excited about seeing Patterson and Maddinson strut their stuff with more opportunities. Also rate Nevill as a batsman in his own right.

  • burnsy7 on July 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    NSW didn't get rid of hughes and khawaja. they left because they weren't happy with where they were at and needed s new angle on their career. even tho it sucks to see them leave NSW, it may lead to them regaining a spot back in Australian colours. Looking forward to a better year from the blues.

  • on July 10, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    yeah what has happened to Smith?I still remember his blazing knock against the Vics last summer

  • RandyOZ on July 10, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    If Kurtis Pattersen has a good season he could be a smoky for the Ashes. Don't know why they still bother with heartless Doug.

  • on July 10, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Has Dan Smith been cut or did he retire?

  • straight_drive4 on July 10, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    i cant understand this. seems ridiculous to me. whats the point of nuturing all these young players through the tough times if they arent going to keep them long enough for the good times? hughes and khawaga are unbelievable at state level (see their averages) and now they have gotten rid of them. are they going to keep guys like patterson, abbott, hazelwood and maddinson through all their teens and then as soon as they get older and more experienced/consistent are they going to then offload them to other states for the next wave of "looking to the future". guys like hughes and khawaga are why you struggle with these kids so in 3-4 years time you can have a very solid team who are consistent (albeit consistent only at state level so far) its not like hughes and khawaga are 35... they are both very young but also have heaps of experience!! its crazy. NSW cricket administrators are crazy!! can someone please shed some light on this.

  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Reasonably good squad all things considered. Love how they describe players who have left as a "defection"! NSW certainly are forever on a quest to uncover the next big thing.

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  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Reasonably good squad all things considered. Love how they describe players who have left as a "defection"! NSW certainly are forever on a quest to uncover the next big thing.

  • straight_drive4 on July 10, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    i cant understand this. seems ridiculous to me. whats the point of nuturing all these young players through the tough times if they arent going to keep them long enough for the good times? hughes and khawaga are unbelievable at state level (see their averages) and now they have gotten rid of them. are they going to keep guys like patterson, abbott, hazelwood and maddinson through all their teens and then as soon as they get older and more experienced/consistent are they going to then offload them to other states for the next wave of "looking to the future". guys like hughes and khawaga are why you struggle with these kids so in 3-4 years time you can have a very solid team who are consistent (albeit consistent only at state level so far) its not like hughes and khawaga are 35... they are both very young but also have heaps of experience!! its crazy. NSW cricket administrators are crazy!! can someone please shed some light on this.

  • on July 10, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Has Dan Smith been cut or did he retire?

  • RandyOZ on July 10, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    If Kurtis Pattersen has a good season he could be a smoky for the Ashes. Don't know why they still bother with heartless Doug.

  • on July 10, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    yeah what has happened to Smith?I still remember his blazing knock against the Vics last summer

  • burnsy7 on July 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    NSW didn't get rid of hughes and khawaja. they left because they weren't happy with where they were at and needed s new angle on their career. even tho it sucks to see them leave NSW, it may lead to them regaining a spot back in Australian colours. Looking forward to a better year from the blues.

  • GMFoley on July 10, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    SD4- if you'd been keeping an eye on the news in the past week, you'll have seen that Khawaja and Hughes have moved states, to QLD and SA respectively, to ensure that they get the opportunities at the top of the order that they need to flourish. That and to get away from the SCG deck this summer- it will be low and slow with all the rain over winter. Nothing to do with the NSWCA off loading them, purely personal decisions for the benefit of their own cricket.

    Very excited about seeing Patterson and Maddinson strut their stuff with more opportunities. Also rate Nevill as a batsman in his own right.

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    bowling stocks that are better than englands test team. quite impressive

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    sean abbott, watch for him

  • msmith4280 on July 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Seven new players? Cruickshank, Dawson, Henry, Hughes, Lalor, Patterson, Tremain, Doran, Sandhu and Conway. I make that 10 new players. New South Wales have lost eight internationals in Clark, Casson, Hauritz, Hughes, Katich, Khawaja, Jaques and Lee. Brain, Cockley and van der Gugten have also left.