ICC World Twenty20 2012

Lyon and Pattinson overlooked for World T20

Brydon Coverdale

July 18, 2012

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Ben Laughlin runs in to bowl at training, Johannesburg, April 15, 2009
Ben Laughlin was a surprise inclusion in Australia's 30-man preliminary squad © Getty Images
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Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson will not be part of Australia's squad for the ICC World Twenty20 after surprisingly being left out of the 30-man preliminary group. Rob Quiney and Glenn Maxwell are the only men in the squad who have not played for Australia in any format, and Maxwell's odds of being taken to Sri Lanka for the world tournament have shortened dramatically with the omission of his fellow offspinner Lyon.

In February, the national selector John Inverarity said Australia were planning to take Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty and Lyon to the World T20, to be held in spin-friendly conditions. Lyon, who made his name in T20 for South Australia, was part of Australia's squad in the West Indies but did not make his T20 international debut, and collected one wicket in his two ODI appearances.

He has now been overlooked for Maxwell, 23, who is expected to make his debut on the upcoming tour of the UAE and is the only right-arm finger-spinner in the 30-man squad, while the legspinner Steven Smith is also part of the group. Maxwell offers a superior all-round package to Lyon, given his powerful striking and athletic fielding, but he has not yet displayed the wicket-taking ability of Lyon, who appears now to be viewed by the selectors as a Test specialist.

Just as surprising was the decision to omit Pattinson, who has played four T20s for Australia over the past year. Although his economy rate of eight is higher than the selectors would ideally like in the shortest format, Pattinson would still have expected to be part of the 30-man group, but he has instead been squeezed out while the selectors have chosen Dirk Nannes, who has not played for Australia in nearly two years, and the seamer Ben Laughlin.

Nannes, 36, is in far from career-best form, having picked up four wickets in nine matches for Surrey in the county T20 competition this year, and Laughlin, 29, has not played for Australia in more than three years. However, Laughlin's accurate style might suit the Sri Lankan pitches. There was no place in the group for Peter Siddle or Doug Bollinger, who have played for Australia in T20s in the past two years, or Phillip Hughes, who is currently the leading run scorer in the Friends Life t20 competition in England.

"The ICC World Twenty20 will be a fiercely contested tournament," Inverarity said. "A great deal of flamboyant cricketing talent will be on display and some games will be turned on their heads by 10 minutes of brilliance. The squad announced today is full of talent, enterprise and all-round strength. Within the 30 players named is depth and cover for all departments within the team."

The squad is to be trimmed to the final 15 members by August 18.

Australia squad George Bailey, Travis Birt, Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Laughlin, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes, Stephen O'Keefe, Tim Paine, Rob Quiney, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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Posted by katandthat3 on (July 21, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

Who cares if they named a 30 man squad or not, short term WC doesn't matter, long term, that's why they reduced national contracts.Did argus do the other countries who named 30 man squads, South Africa probably have the same amount of first class sides as Australia? When it comes down to it, hopefully the final 15 are more in line with who has performed well in T20 but you also have to consider the conditions that the WC is being played in too. Perhaps it's harder to bring in guys from outside a preselected squad so you're at a disadvantage for naming fewer. Yes you have to factor in statistics and records but also it'll help to pick a squad that does well in sub continent conditions. Hence I would go Warner, S Marsh, Watson, White, M Hussey, D Hussey, Maxwell, Wade, M Marsh, O'Keefe, Hogg, Laughlin, Johnson, Cummins, McDonald. All are excellent in the field (Cummins perhaps needs more work), in T20 that's crucial. Statistics don't usually give an idea of fielding ability or runs saved

Posted by hyclass on (July 21, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Finally with due respect @Meety, England has 18 Counties from which it selects the national sides.That's 198 playing personnel on-field at any given time. Selecting 30 of those represent 15% of the on field players. Australia has 6 States from which it selects the national side.That's 66 playing personnel on-field at any given time. Selecting 30 of those represents 45% of the on-field players or the equivalent of 3 times as many as England.The purpose of Argus was to encourage a return to practices that promoted performance. Surely the best method of accomplishing that is to name 17-20 players.Those who aren't announced will know that being outside the squad requires them to lift their efforts.What information of value is contained in announcing a bloated preliminary squad?One of the core precepts of progress is exactness through identifying parameters and standards.It gives terms of reference,allows regulated measurement over time & defines excellence.Best of all,it creates certainty.

Posted by hyclass on (July 21, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

I'm surprised to find you weakening your case by excusing one countries behaviour with anothers @Meety. There is no relevance between Pakistans choices, Zimbabwes choices & anybody else. Each countries practices stand in their own right as either having value or otherwise,individually-not en bloc.It is entirely possible that Pakistan could win the World Cup based on their processes,regardless of perceptions.Hodge wasn't chosen for the last World Cup despite having a peerless record at domestic level.Australia were sub-standard and the selections and processes were subject to scrutiny and justifiable criticism by Argus.Recent changes have included fewer CA contracts.It's not unreasonable to expect that selection processes will reflect this crystalisation in reduced squad sizes,demonstrating a better focus by selectors & communicating it to the players and public.If the only action is to replicate previously failed processes,one can hardly anticipate success.Progress requires leadership.

Posted by Meety on (July 21, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@hyclass - point of order re: "...The naming of the size of the squad demonstrates the selection panel have little idea what direction to take & are leaving themselves as many options as possible." - read the news mate, 19th July "WI name Benn in 30-man squad", "Kallis and Smith slated for T20 comebacks" (that's a 30 man squad), on the 18th July - "Pietersen out of World Twenty20 squad" (another 30 man squad), also "Yuvraj, Mandeep Singh among World T20 probables" Of the Test nations, only Pakistan DID NOT name a 30 man squad - & let's be honest, they are NEVER a model for consistency. Zimbabwe haven't named a squad at all as far as I'm aware. So your comment - which looks like a bit of cut n paste from another article, is way off the mark. Regarding Hodge - there are articles on him, indcating, he only ever thought his chances were as a replacement for Ponting. Also - he pulled out of a match thru injury on the eve (Pomersbach match). These are opportunities he did NOT take!

Posted by hyclass on (July 21, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

I recall Brad Hodge being named in a similar sized squad not long ago.His omission despite being Australia's best performed player in those formats over a number seasons,saw his retirement.It was intended to give the impression of fair mindedness and inclusivity, but proved to be an advertising exercise.The naming of the size of the squad demonstrates the selection panel have little idea what direction to take & are leaving themselves as many options as possible.The recent & publicly stated policy of selecting under performing players like Forrest & Smith in the ODI side,apparently with a view to the future is an admission of a rudderless panel. Inverarity confessed as much publicly in Eng which showed poor judgement as the series was still in progress.None of this would have been necessary had CA not spent the last 5 years undermining traditional cricket processes to make BBL seem more appealing.This is not the consequence of cyclical behaviour but determined interference in process.

Posted by Okakaboka on (July 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Out of this squad, I would go with Warner, Watson, Finch/White, Quiney, M. Hussey D.Hussey McDonald, Maxwell, Wade, Harris/Cummins, Mackay/Starc. Basically, we bat all the way to 10. We have 4 quicks and 3 spinning options. I would rotate Mackay, Starc, Cummins and Harris. All batsman in this squad are capable of causing satellite disruption with the exception of M. Hussey. Watson & MacDonald together would be a strong bowling combination... McDonald's presence would take pressure off Watson and allow him to bowl a little more aggressively.

Posted by Meety on (July 19, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

@Chris_P - I like Copeland, I like the fact that somehow with his slight (albeit TALL) frame, he seems to be able to bowl 30+ overs in a day & maintain accuracy. His first few List A games he got tonked, but he seems to be improving. My comment before was solely on the basis of 2 wicketless games is not a sample size large enuff(IMO) to push for T20 selection. As I said before - would of loved to see him tour with the A-side, but in place of who?

Posted by Chris_P on (July 19, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

@Meety. I hear what you're saying about Copeland. I was only thinking that his outstanding efforts in SL last season. I did see him on couple of occasions & he did bowl without luck. The Aussie conditions don't appear to suit him as well as other bowlers, but we need to select players who will perform over there. not here. I also agree his type of bowling would be awesome over in England.

Posted by Marcio on (July 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

@Always-positive, I have just gotten off the phone to the school board, and have arranged the firing of your former geography teacher. The UAE is not moving to the sub-continent anytime soon ;-)

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 19, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

@waughjunior & others... Copeland?... lol... Tell me his BBL record... Look at the better bowlers with most wkts - Starc, Hogg, Faulkner, McKay, Krejza, Coulter-Nile, McDermott... Try the Ryobi Cup - McDermott, Starc, Krejza, Haberfield, Faulkner - while Copeland 24th in the wkts list... I can see why Starc, Faulkner, Hogg have been included in the squad, while McDermott & Krejza were unlucky... Copeland looks more comfortable in the longer formats...

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