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Finch to captain Australia A, Boyce called up

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February 7, 2013

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Cameron Boyce sends down a delivery, South Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, day one, Adelaide Oval, October 23, 2012
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The legspinner Cameron Boyce, the batsman Joe Burns and the fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile are the three uncapped players named in the Australia A squad to take on the England Lions in a one-day series this month. Aaron Finch will captain the side with Tim Paine as his deputy in a group that Australia's selectors have chosen with development for the 2015 World Cup firmly in mind.

Batsmen Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges, who have played Twenty20 cricket for Australia this summer, are in the squad along with the South Australian Callum Ferguson, who last played for his country in April 2011. The attack will include Ben Cutting, John Hastings and Kane Richardson, all of whom have played international cricket this season, along with Josh Hazlewood.

"In selecting this 12 man squad for the five-match series against the England Lions the National Selection Panel had the development of players for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup very much in mind," John Inverarity, the national selector, said.

"Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson and Adam Voges are all talented batsmen. With the Test Squad being in India, these 12 players will have a chance to push for higher honours by doing well against a strong England Lions outfit."

Burns is the only batsman in the group who has not played for Australia but his class has been apparent in his performances for Queensland over the past two years, which led to him being named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year this week.

The presence of his Queensland team-mate Boyce is an indication of how the selectors rate the young legspinner, who has shown plenty of promise in his four seasons of state cricket. Coulter-Nile also has a chance to push for inclusion in Australia's growing list of international fast men.

Australia A will play five one-day games against the England Lions in Hobart and Sydney from February 16 to March 1.

Australia A squad Aaron Finch (capt), Tim Paine (vice-capt, wk), Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce, Josh Hazlewood.

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Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Glad to see Burns, Hazlewood and Richardson in there, the rest of them I can't ever see as players that are going to determine world cups, though Boyce is still very young as a spinner.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

@ Someguy ..... I guess I am looking for the next Ponting or Waugh. These games are to give some young players a chance, not abide with some egos.

Yes ... I would drop half the side if I could get five 21yo's in the team

Posted by Meety on (February 8, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

@hyclass on (February 7, 2013, 6:11 GMT) - I've said before that I am certainly NOT a fan of Marsh, but an ODI ave of a tick over 36 isn't shabby. All things considered, it's his best format IMO. Finch has improved as a batsmen & I am happy that he has been given an extended run. Ferguson & Voges have very good ODI stats & there is enuff of an arguement for them being in the main side!

Posted by Someguy on (February 8, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

@Joseph Langford - why would the squad need to be so young? we're talking about 2015 WC, not 2019. With the exception of Voges they will all be 30 or younger, and still be around for the 2019 WC, so with the exception of Voges, they are all long term prospects. I don't know where you get your age limit of 23 from.

Posted by blink182alex on (February 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Disapointed Hastings is in the squad, we have seen enough of him internationally that he is a only a squad player who only plays if we have numerous injuries.

Boyce has impressed the selectors with 4 good seasons has he? 40 first class wickets in 4 seasons? They are easily impressed then. I know O'Keefe best format is not 50 over games but i still would of selected him (i would of picked him for India though).

Finch, Marsh, Doolan, Burns, Voges, Paine, Cutting, O'Keefe, Coulter-Nile, Richardson, Hazlewood. That's my side.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 7, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

John Hastings has played 11 ODIs and taken just 8 wickets @ 51.25 -- he should not be considered. Cameron Boyce hasn't shown much promise to be honest. Appalling domestic record.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Quiney and McDermott are 2 guys unlucky to miss out, but I like the look of this squad. We may be a batsman short, but Hastings, Cutting and Coulter-Nile at 7-8-9 provides a pretty useful lower middle-order.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 7, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

I hope one of the batsman can stand up to get to grab the number 6 or 7 spot as we have a good top 5 with Watson, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja and Clarke but we need a good 6. My gut feel is that Hastings could be a good number 7 and Cutting can bat a bit too. Watto's stats as opener are better so he should open:

open with Katich 51.65 opening 43.67 overall since 2009 41.18 overall 37.02 open no Katich 31.47 not open since 2009 31.45 not opening 25.12

I am leaning towards Watson opening with Warner and Hughes and Khawaja to follow with Clarke at 5 where he has dominated. Though you can move Khawaja and Clarke around if required. If Warner Khawaja and Hughes can stand up for us in India then we can win but alot willl depen do nthese 3. Siddle and Pattinson would be my 2 best bowlers. Siddle is the 3rd ranked test medium pacer in the WORLD. Pattinson when on is clearly the spearhead of our attack and can take wickets at any time.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Cameron Boyce has 4 wickets at 52 in list A with an economy rate a shade under 6p.o. Why didn't I get picked up? I bowl a little bit of leg spin in the backyard after I realised it makes me sweat less than bowling fast. I've only taken 4 less List A wickets than Boyce.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

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By the 2015 WC their ages will be Finch 28, Paine 30, Marsh 32, Burns 25, Ferguson 28, Voges 35, Cutting 28, Nathan Coulter-Nile 27, John Hastings 29, Richardson 24, Boyce 25, Hazlewood 24. Can nobody see this??

Sorry but if you are thinking 2015 WC no one over the age of 23 should be in the side with the exception of captain .... and I would beg Mike Hussey to Captain, lead, teach, mentor, level, provide inspiration and lend his wealth of experience to the team.

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