Australia A v England Lions 2012-13 February 7, 2013

Finch to captain Australia A, Boyce called up

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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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    More from JI

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    More from JI

    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.

  • dwblurb on February 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @hyclass, you appear not to have noticed that this squad is a) being chosen to play five one day games, therefore domestic one-day form this seaon is perhaps more relevant than Shield form, and b) 17 players will be in India at the time and cannot be chosen, along with several others who are injured.

    In addition, there is no point picking in-form Shield players such as Ponting or Haddin for a development side.

  • AngryAngy on February 7, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @hyclass if you'd only pick players on shield form and you've ruled out Ferguson, I don't know who is relevant. Ricky Ponting? Masterful selection!

    You can't have Phil Hughes, or Khawaja, or Henriques. This is taking place during an Australian tour. You can't have Cosgrove, because he's in 'worse' form than Ferguson. By your own criteria, you can have Haddin, Ponting, Rogers, Doolan. That's it. Oh okay, you can have Krejza as your number 5. So is your complaint that the selectors are conducting vile misdeeds or that there actually isn't anyone else worth picking?

  • Anks_666 on February 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    proud to say this is something CA has done better in the recent past. what a SQUAD.. they surely can beat any team..

  • on February 7, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Guys they just want a leg spinner, so they're trying him out.

  • jonesy2 on February 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    absolutely world class squad. wont a lot of them be playing in the back end of the windies series when players leave for india?

  • Hippiantor on February 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @hyclass In the Ryobi Cup, the format they happen to have been picked for: Shaun Marsh 215 runs @ 53.75 S/R 78 Finch 497 @ 99 S/R 99 Voges 222 @ 44 S/R 80 Ferguesons ODI stats are actually are very good. All the above mentioned players are picked on merit.

  • D-Train on February 7, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Does Boyce deserve to be in the A team? Not really. However the only reason he is in the team is because better spinners such as Lyon Doherty Holland Beer and even Agar are unavailable. There's no point having Hauritz or Krezja, so that really only leaves Boyce. I'd prefer to see all the quicks play. They're a batsman short in the squad as well. Quiney very unlucky. Maybe he'll get a call up after his century against the Lions today

  • hyclass on February 7, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    I seem to remember Inverarity citing form across all formats as a criterion for selection. It suddenly doesn't seem to apply. This squad would require a lab accident of super-villain proportions to be our 2015 WC squad. I've rarely seen a weaker batting side anywhere on paper. Marsh is averaging 19 in the Shield from 4 matches at a S/R of 36 this season and his 1st Class average is down to 35. Finch averages 29 in the Shield and 15 for Aus in ODI. Burns has a Shield ave of 27 this season. Paine's overall record is dismal at a glacial S/R. Voges is very mediocre in Shield this year. Boyce is averaging 66 in Shield with the ball this year.Ferguson has played his one good innings for the year and has a mediocre Shield record. The old method was to bring one or two fringe players into the Aus squad and leave the core group stable. It promoted competition at 1st class level.The result of current methods are batsmen with conspicuously moderate 1st class records being chosen at random.

  • Gordo85 on February 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    It should be interesting to see how Boyce goes.A More often than not he is hit or miss. For sure the guy needs to improve but having said that he might take some time to develop.

  • Luah58 on February 7, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Boyce has taken many more wickets than the great Shane Warne before he was thrown in..he needs to move from the Gabba wicket. At least he spins it. All the other so called spinners in the land just bowl darts.

  • on February 7, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    O' Keefe injured is he not thats why he not playing todays shield game. I dont get Faulkner hes not going to india. He maybe above A team but still deserves a run

  • Aubm on February 7, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    To counter the O'keefe supporters, as much as I would love to see him in the test squad, this is for a one dayer series, and O'keefe's stats in List A matches are abysmal. Mind you, they aren't that much worse than those of Boyce...

  • Meety on February 7, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Awkward looking file pic!!

  • maddinson on February 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Only major surprise exclusion is of SoK. Ali McDermott is bit disappointing in this season. I would like to have Faulkner/Mitchell Marsh ahead of John Hastings. Between it is a very strong team, should thrash lions 5-0.

  • on February 7, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    What does O'Keefe have to do to get a game?

  • hris on February 7, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    O'keefe should give up cricket. Try something else. He's never gonna get selected.

  • azzaman333 on February 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    The lack of depth in our spin bowling department is seriously highlighted when Boyce is being picked for Australia A.

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  • azzaman333 on February 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    The lack of depth in our spin bowling department is seriously highlighted when Boyce is being picked for Australia A.

  • hris on February 7, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    O'keefe should give up cricket. Try something else. He's never gonna get selected.

  • on February 7, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    What does O'Keefe have to do to get a game?

  • maddinson on February 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Only major surprise exclusion is of SoK. Ali McDermott is bit disappointing in this season. I would like to have Faulkner/Mitchell Marsh ahead of John Hastings. Between it is a very strong team, should thrash lions 5-0.

  • Meety on February 7, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Awkward looking file pic!!

  • Aubm on February 7, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    To counter the O'keefe supporters, as much as I would love to see him in the test squad, this is for a one dayer series, and O'keefe's stats in List A matches are abysmal. Mind you, they aren't that much worse than those of Boyce...

  • on February 7, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    O' Keefe injured is he not thats why he not playing todays shield game. I dont get Faulkner hes not going to india. He maybe above A team but still deserves a run

  • Luah58 on February 7, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Boyce has taken many more wickets than the great Shane Warne before he was thrown in..he needs to move from the Gabba wicket. At least he spins it. All the other so called spinners in the land just bowl darts.

  • Gordo85 on February 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    It should be interesting to see how Boyce goes.A More often than not he is hit or miss. For sure the guy needs to improve but having said that he might take some time to develop.

  • hyclass on February 7, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    I seem to remember Inverarity citing form across all formats as a criterion for selection. It suddenly doesn't seem to apply. This squad would require a lab accident of super-villain proportions to be our 2015 WC squad. I've rarely seen a weaker batting side anywhere on paper. Marsh is averaging 19 in the Shield from 4 matches at a S/R of 36 this season and his 1st Class average is down to 35. Finch averages 29 in the Shield and 15 for Aus in ODI. Burns has a Shield ave of 27 this season. Paine's overall record is dismal at a glacial S/R. Voges is very mediocre in Shield this year. Boyce is averaging 66 in Shield with the ball this year.Ferguson has played his one good innings for the year and has a mediocre Shield record. The old method was to bring one or two fringe players into the Aus squad and leave the core group stable. It promoted competition at 1st class level.The result of current methods are batsmen with conspicuously moderate 1st class records being chosen at random.