Australia news April 19, 2013

Christian headed for Victoria


Daniel Christian, the sometime Australia allrounder, is expected to sign with Victoria for next summer after falling out of favour with South Australia.

Currently playing in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Christian is under contract to the Redbacks for 2013-14 but will be released, allowing him to move across to the Bushrangers.

The move is likely to allow South Australia to recruit the Victoria allrounder Andrew McDonald, who requested a release from his own state contract after deciding that at 31 it was time for a change of scene.

The Bushrangers had been hesitant to allow McDonald's departure unless they could find another utility player to aid their team balance, and have also knocked back Aaron Finch's release request as he entertained an offer from New South Wales.

Similarly, Christian is looking for a fresh start and an improved performance after a season that did not enhance his reputation - on the field or off it. He started last summer with a berth in the Australian Twenty20 squad plus sporadic opportunities in the ODI side. However an indifferent start to 2012-13 for South Australia pushed Christian further down the queue.

His stock sank considerably in November when he was suspended by the Redbacks for repeatedly losing his temper and damaging the dressing rooms upon being dismissed, a sequence that came to light after he was overheard outside the WACA changerooms during the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia that month.

Once the suspension was concluded, Christian struggled to regain his place, and following another disciplinary run-in, this time a reprimand for obscene language during a domestic limited-overs match against New South Wales in Adelaide, he was not selected again.

McDonald, meanwhile, has fallen into an unfortunate pattern of suffering injuries whenever an Australian call-up has seemed likely. He made a storming start to 2012-13, cracking a swift century against the Warriors in Perth that caught the eye of the national selector John Inverarity, who named him captain of the Australia A side against the touring South Africans and hinted strongly that McDonald was close to the Test team.

However a serious hamstring injury sidelined McDonald soon after, and he spent the rest of the summer recuperating, only returning to the game in the IPL for RCB this week. In 2010-11, Australia's poor Ashes summer, McDonald also started well but suffered calf and hand injuries that kept him out for the rest of the season.

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

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  • bill on April 20, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Dan Christian will be SA's LOSS and VIC's GAIN !! Pity he didn't leave SA earlier !!!

  • Lou on April 20, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Hilarious. SA get Ronnie - who is a PROPER all-rounder - and Vic get Dan Christian... Start reinforcing the changing room doors at the MCG, it's the only damage he'll do all year.

  • Andrew on April 20, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker on (April 20, 2013, 1:08 GMT) - i'd actually put Hopes ahead of Macca on bowling skill. @Moppa on (April 20, 2013, 3:31 GMT) - can't track AB Mac's County record, I thought he did well with the bat over there. I know (almost certainly), he had a freak 20/20 campaign over there where he was the leading run-scorer (I THINK he had some insane average of 100). Not that 20/20 means anything for Tests (except for the NSP), but I am not sure he wouldn't perform. I think Hopes COULD be successful in England - but the liklihood of him getting a plane ticket is about a milliion to one!

  • Guy on April 20, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Amazing how all the supposed Test prospects the current selectors pluck from well back in the field end up very quickly falling by the wayside. I'd include in this list: Christian, Forrest, Hastings, Quiney and, soon, Doherty and possibly Maxwell. Maybe they just aren't very good judges of cricketing ability...? To the McDonald fans posting here, I think he is probably the best of the bits and pieces all-rounders in Australian cricket at the moment (him, Christian, Hopes, Henriques, M.Marsh), but the point remains that picking bits and pieces all-rounders at Test level still doesn't make sense. I don't think McDonald would make runs in England and his bowling would be in no way good enough to make up for this. @Thefakebook, Hastings is a bowler who bats a bit and Christian is a batsman who bowls a bit - there is plenty of room for both in one Shield team.

  • Eddie on April 20, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    @meety. Your absolutely right, McDonald has the worst luck. When he did play in the test side, he was a mature guy who took key wickets, fielded well and also got a handy half century. He is the best medium pacer all rounder batsmen we have. 40 with the bat and under 30 with the ball

  • Noel on April 19, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Let,s see if the change helps Big Red get a baggygreen call up.After all he the best allrounder going round at the moment.As for injuries,they have given Watto so many chances with injuries why not give BIG RED a bat and a bowl.At least he can score centuries.

  • Rajeev on April 19, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    How come a player is good enough for Victoria squad when he is not even in the range of South Australia team ? He will LOOK better only if he plays for Queensland or Perth. Daniel Christian: "An All-Rounder who can't bowl yorkers and don't know how to play yorkers."

  • Deeksha on April 19, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Really, about time South Australia got rid of Daniel Christian. They could do with some good fortune soon.

  • Satish on April 19, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    All moves seems good to me but Vics looking for an all rounder? John Hasting where are you?;)

  • Andrew on April 19, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    "...Australia's poor Ashes summer, McDonald also started well..." - I think from memory he got wickets & twin tons against NSW - I think that classifies as a bit better than "started well"! LOL! Sad but true, his last 2 or 3 yrs he has been injured at times where he MAY of had a call up. IMO - the same goes for Rogers!

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