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Marsh, Hughes contracted, Doolan left out

Brydon Coverdale and Daniel Brettig

March 31, 2014

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Shaun Marsh made his second Test century, South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Centurion, 1st day, February 12, 2014
Shaun Marsh made a hundred on his return to the Test team this year but was axed one match later after scoring a pair © Getty Images
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  • George Bailey, Michael Clarke, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

Alex Doolan has missed out on a Cricket Australia contract for 2014-15 despite being the incumbent No.3 in the Test team, while Shaun Marsh and Phillip Hughes have both been given deals. Cricket Australia has announced an 18-man contract list, down from 20 last year, with Ed Cowan, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Clint McKay and Matthew Wade all left out having been contracted last year.

Doolan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges had all been upgraded to full contracts during the year having made enough appearances for the national team, but all missed out on deals for next year. There were no additions from outside the group of contracted players, with Marsh, Steven Smith, Chris Rogers and Aaron Finch all holding on to their places having been upgraded throughout the year.

While most of the omissions were reasonably predictable, the absence of Doolan suggests that the selectors might look to Hughes or Marsh to fill the No.3 role when Australia next plays Test cricket, against Pakistan in the UAE in October. The fact that Hughes and Marsh are also considered ODI options may have helped their cause, given that Australia will host a World Cup during the next contract period.

Hughes was axed from the Test side during the unsuccessful Ashes campaign in England last year and has not worn the baggy green since, although he was part of the squad for the Test tour of South Africa and remains a prolific run scorer at domestic level. Marsh was recalled to the Test side in South Africa in spite of his lack of recent first-class runs and scored 148 in the win in Centurion, but was then dropped after making a pair in the next Test.

Doolan played all three Tests in South Africa and showed the kind of class that has appealed to observers of his Sheffield Shield form for Tasmania, but too often he squandered his starts and finished the trip averaging 31. John Inverarity, the national selector, said Doolan remained in the thoughts of the national selection panel (NSP) despite missing out on a contract.

"When we do the contracts we rank all the players for Tests, ODIs and T20 for performances over the last 12 months and expectation over the next 12 months. Both Phil Hughes and Shaun Marsh earned points for their ODI contributions over the last 12 months and that would have nudged them ahead of Alex there," Inverarity said. "It's for all three formats and Alex didn't win any for anything other than Tests, and Shaun and Phil would have points from that.

"Alex is very highly regarded, he's the incumbent No. 3. It's very early days for him, I think he's received an enormous amount of encouragement and had an opportunity when on standby for Shane Watson in Sydney, he played the three Tests in South Africa and we're anticipating he will do well in the future, he's the incumbent No. 3, and we're looking forward to seeing him do well and receive an upgrade."

The other player singled out by Inverarity as narrowly missing out on the 18-man group was Coulter-Nile, who has made himself a regular in the Twenty20 and one-day sides over the past year. The only contracted player who would be considered solely a short-form specialist was Finch, whose destructive batting at the top of the order in the T20 and ODI teams sits at odds with his struggle to perform for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell are likely to be more active in the short forms than Test cricket, although both men have worn the baggy green in the past 13 months.

Not surprisingly, Hilfenhaus and Cummins were cut having not represented Australia since 2012, while Cowan was unlikely to hold his deal having slipped out of the Test team after the first Ashes Test in England. McKay played 14 of a possible 16 ODIs since the current contract period began on July 1 last year but might face a challenge to retain his spot in the side, while Doherty has also fallen down the list. Inverarity said Cummins would be involved in the Australia A matches to be played in northern Australia over the winter months.

"He's an older young man now, we have full confidence in NSW to manage him, and I think Pat in working with various people including Dennis Lillee over the last year or so is now more independent than he was," he said. "And we've supported him for a couple of years. We couldn't justify including him in this year's list, but he remains verymuch to the forefront of our thinking, and we look forward to him getting fit and strong to play. I saw him bowl in the BBL final, he took 1 for 47 in his four overs but I thought he looked really good.

"I think we're all on the same page, a development in recent years has been CA working very closely and cohesively with the states, and there'll be a conversation around Pat with NSW, CA and particularly the medical people there. So he'll be well monitored and I'm sure the best interests of Pat will come to pass. CA will be announcing fairly soon an Australia A team, Pat will have some opportunities in that, and we'll attempt to give him the right amount of bowling in the north of Australia in July/August."

Khawaja's absence from the list was expected after he was axed from the Test team in England, while Wade's demotion might raise the prospect of another gloveman such as Tim Paine challenging him for the position as backup to Brad Haddin. Voges was a solid ODI performer during the year but missed out on a deal, although it would not be surprising if he won an upgrade over the summer with a World Cup around the corner.

The next contract period begins on July 1 this year and will include two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE, four Tests at home to India and a Test series away in the West Indies, and possibly the opening stages of the next Ashes series in England. The World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is the major limited-overs event on the calendar, scheduled to take place in February-March.

As for the future of the selection panel itself, Inverarity said he had not yet decided whether or not to carry on once his contract expires in June. It has been widely speculated that Inverarity will hand the selection reins over after an eventful three years. "My contract when I joined in November 2011 was for up to the end of June this year," he said. "In the coming weeks and months I will discuss with CA whether I will continue to play a role in the national selection panel, and that's where it is. It's yet to be finally decided."

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Posted by Micky.Panda on (April 7, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

I really don't understand Marsh contract. Is it the name, or the one big score. I don't see he can consistently do it. Never looks in control, rather always appears to be in survival mode. Run rate very poor in short format. Maybe he is seen as someone can survive for awhile in tough conditions. Where is his record of any consistent performance?

Mitchell Starc is probably the 2nd most doubtful one. I believe he is greatly over rated, and too wayward. Consistent control bowler like Bird will have to fight to get back in but is needed for team balance in my opinion. Like a McGrath or S Clark type of bowler. Compare Bird's and Starc's bowling averages for Australia just for fun.

Posted by wix99 on (April 2, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

No sign as to who is the heir to Brad Haddin's gloves. Wade, Paine, Nevill or Whiteman all have a chance it seems.

Cameron White might be considered unlucky as I think he will figure prominently in Australia's T20 and ODI sides in the next year. He could possibly even be captain at some stage.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

I thought Doolan batted himself out of the team in SA. Got out again and again on the pull, blew starts, and froze in the headlights on Day 4 of the last test. Not good enough. watson back to 3 (or 2).

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (April 1, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

Doolan won't get a contract unless he locks in his test spot because he won't be picked for ODIs or 20-20s. Hughes is a chance of getting a test recall and a chance of playing ODIs. Shaun Marsh is a chance in all 3 formats.

Posted by ygkd on (April 1, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

I clicked on a link which said that "Marsh...earns contract". Actually, while Marsh is definitely receiving a contract, whether or not it has been earned is not so easily proven.

Posted by shetto on (April 1, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

Well done selectors - I think you got this one right - Australia desperately needs batmen that can go on and score hundreds in the top order.Marsh and Hughes have shown they are well capable of this. Marsh needs more consistency and Hughes needs an extended time opening for Australia to really feel he belongs in the side. Marsh is a great gamble because if it comes off and he becaomes more consistent then he has the potential to develop into a great number 3 for Australia. Hughes presence in the team will place alot a preasure on Warne and Rodgers to keep performing. This can't be bad for Australia.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

I thought the Aussie selectors had a method to the madness. Not any more. Selection is a very difficult process. But it doesn't make any sense to chop and change for no rhyme or reason. How did Phil Huges get a contract when he did not play one test match and Doolan played all three and performed reasonably well for a debutant on testing conditions in a foreign place. The Aussie selectors take Hughes when Marsh is out but Marsh gets back so Hughes doesn't play and then Doolan plays but Hughes gets contract but Doolan doesn't. This is beyond Crazy. I thought the Aussie, English and South AFrican panels have some method to the madness but I am wrong. I am not even going to talk about the Asian Selection panels and the talent Starved WI Panel. Mohinder Amarnath said many years ago that Selectors are a bunch of misfits. I am being VERY charitbale here. His opinion seems to apply to All Selection Panels from across all the countries. Even 20 years later.

Posted by vj_gooner on (March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

@wonderstar1 - Close to 80% of the Australian cricket fans don't care about what Oz do in T20Is. It is the test matches that the fans live for. Its the success in the Ashes and the success against Proteas that thrills the fans. As fan, I would any day prefer a test series win in India rather than winning the T20 World Cup even two times in a row. cc @Batmanian

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 31, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

One point to consider is that there are only limited spots for Aus contracts - it dosent mean that players outside of this group wont play for Aus. If a player starts next season well they may just get a call up whilst on a state contract.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Feel bad for Clint McKay, we could have done with him in the T20's, I reckon, still our best right arm seamer in short formats.

The rest of the decisions are neither here nor there, for me. Some people will want to elevate the likes of a Khawaja in front of a Hughes or Marsh, that's fine, but as far as performances at the top level goes none of these guys has staked a claim.

Likewise for SOK, yeah he's doing great for NSW, but when was the last time he played for Aus? If you are not playing you are hardly going to get a contract. Like many others I'd be picking him for test tours to Asia, but he probably isn't in the reckoning for much other cricket.

Posted by Batmanian on (March 31, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

@wonderstar1, you're missing the point. Australian cricket fans, by and large, prefer Tests to T20 internationals; of course, the same is true of hard core fans in other countries, too. T20I a good format for taking young kids to, but it's so hard to give a rat's. Look at the team Australia sent - a clown outfit, essentially. It was a bit like not sending a team at all, when you think about it. That doesn't mean that we wouldn't be happy if the national team could do better in the format - the lack of T20I championship is pretty poor. But we sincerely don't take it very seriously, love it when our Test players rest instead of doing the IPL, and hope to perform a bit less shamefully next time we take India on in Tests, and in India too.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (March 31, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

I personally like the Oz team. But their fans denial is the one that i hate. the moment they lose T-20 they tell Australians don't care about short format. so then why bother sending the team at all? as far as test cricket is concerned, if they cant win in India they tell Ind prepare dust bowls blah blah when their players themselves accept that India is their toughest opponent. so for aus test cricket is the real cricket (which I totally agree) but only if Aus wins it. if they lose, they don't consider as it was played on doctored pitches.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 31, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

I dont agree with Doolans decision ahead of March and Hughes. Surely Doolan with bat at #3 in the next series and I am not sure if Hughes and Marsh have done such a great job in limited overs cricket either. Its a hard call but I thought Doolan did enough in SA to warrant playing him more to cement that all important #3 spot which no one seems to be able to nail down.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 31, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

These things always cause outrage - there's no possible way to appease everyone, so I'll try and be more objective in picking out the flaws.

There's only one spin bowler centrally contracted out of 18. That's myopic and frankly, idiotic (how's my objectivity going so far?). Every single one of us knows that SOK should be there to such an extent that it doesn't even need explanation. If it's not Lyon and SOK bowling in the Pak tests we might as well just give up.

I don't need to explain why the Marsh selection is so unbelievably dumb. Higher duck percentage than Chris Martin.

Vogues dropping is good - he's not a finisher and he can't take Bailey or Clarke's position. Doherty's dropping is extremely good, Mckay's is a bit iffy - his stats are phenomenal, but he has lost form and pace of recent.

Otherwise there's not much to complain about - we can't go mentioning up and comers like Burns, Silk, Carters, Beherndoff, etc because none have played for Aus. Hughes inclusion v. good.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 31, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

I thought test players were supposed to be given priority for contracts? Marsh, no. Hughes, yes. Doolan, no. Rod Marsh for chairman of selectors with Boof having a greater say.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

When Haddin goes, theres plenty of other better choices than Hughes or Wade for keeper. For example: Hartley, Nevill or Whiteman Watson needs to go. No argument there. If we absolutely have to have an all-rounder then pick Maxwell or Faulkner. Problem is, when Clarke goes, who will be captain?

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (March 31, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

There is no question that Marsh and Hughes - neither of whom are playing in any of the 3 forms of international cricket - do not belong on the contract list. Spare a thought for ODI regular Xavier Doherty who found himself overlooked, former T20 captain Cameron White who is in the form of his life right now and by rights should be playing in all 3 formats for Australia, Steve O'Keefe who is easily the best spin bowler in the country but is being left out of all teams and contracts, and Clint McKay who is one of the best ODI bowlers in the world but is left out of the contracts. Even Shane Warne's friend Nathan Coulter-Nile missed out on a contract, in spite of all of the backing that Shane Warne has given him. But in spite of that two of the biggest failures in recent years - Marsh and Hughes - have been given contracts, highlighting, to all Australian Cricket fans' horror, that these two are likely to be playing internationals sometime in the next year.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 31, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Obviously the CA and selectors are not on the same page.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 31, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

@bren19 - I dont think they would risk that in a test match (other formats maybe).

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 31, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

I lost count of the amount of critics making comments. These are probably the same critics that were saying the same things about Steve Smith and Mitch when they were in and out of the team. The selection takes into consideration a group of players that just won back the ashes and won away in Saf. It also takes into consideration that no one in the state side is really standing apart from their fellow players. Yes there are some good names and potentials in the state set up however it is also to their benefit that they remain there and get runs / wickets so they are better prepared for the big stage. The likes of Hughes and Marsh will act as a holding position till other players come through - and it also gives them a chance to do what Smith and MJ did (cmon - hughes is only 25). Besides its probably better that the likes of Doolan plays as a top order batman for his state rather than carry the drinks for Aus.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (March 31, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

It is not what you know or what you can do...

Posted by Draconarius on (March 31, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

@bren19: I don't think so. I think it's more likely that the NSP isn't really sure who our next keeper is anymore now that Wade has lost all form. I suspect they'll keep a close eye on all of the domestic keepers this season and see who puts his hand up.

Posted by anver777 on (March 31, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Both these talented players are in the same boat for Aus.... they play well in few matches & go out, then they strongly comeback with some eye catching performances.... then again vanishes after couple of failures...... Aus selectors must give them confidence by giving them a good run in future.. after all they'r the future of Aus cricket !!!!

Posted by plymuth12 on (March 31, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

fro the froseeable future of australian cricket the selectors have decided to consider experience and unjustifiable hunches as more relevant attributes to the making of a team rather than talent and youth which is very worrying. the inclusion of marsh, watson, and bailey is very confusing considering their recent moderating performances. the likes of these three, rogers and haddin is depressing to the likes of whiteman, cooper, carters, khawaja, and marsh who have justified selection through consistent performances and considerable temparmaents. when the selectors decided to choose rogers, bailey and watson they excpected responsible batting coupled with dominant performances. considering that this has not happend the selectors cant agree to a team which will likely be cut in half by mass retirements ib the 15-16 season. history tells us that selectors should avoid segregating youth and experience in a team. ex. in 2010 the australian team was left in tatters due to mass retirements.

Posted by Mervo on (March 31, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Hughe's greatest problem that thing on his shoulders. No, not the hat but the brain inside. He has talent to burn but how to coach a guy like, that would weary most coaches. Fast bowlers of any quality just love Hughes and spinners lick their lips. Nah. Never again. Go for a younger player with a good technique and sound decision making. Silk, Burns or Charters are the future.

Posted by AMAR3366 on (March 31, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

where is usman khawaja, ben cutting and cummings.these are most deserve player for contract.

Posted by wdwrm27 on (March 31, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

GTH!!!!! why Haddin for t20s makes no sense. Watson how has he survived in the test team till now just bcoz he is a bowler. Shaun Marsh got be kidding remember 2011/12 tour of India he didn't even score 30 runs .sounds a ridiculous decision. s.marsh vs ajmal & p.Hughes vs ajmal ajmal will win every battle b4 these rabbit batsman against spin surprised not to see khawaja I thought that 182 a mountain runchase vs SA was enough to seal his name atleast in the test team

Posted by bren19 on (March 31, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

@kensohatter -I could not agree more. Watson has done nothing to earn his spot in the team or his contract. Other batsmen have suffered just so he can keep his spot. I get the value of an all rounder but to have true value it really needs to be one that can perform. Australia will be a much stronger team without a number 7/8 batsman batting in the top 6.

Posted by kensohatter on (March 31, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

Why does Australia continue to persist with Watson? To be a top 6 batsman starts must be coverted and runs need to be scored under pressure both of which he just doesnt do. Add to that he wastes reviews and is a poor runner between wickets. Sure he can bowl a few decent overs of medium pace but at this point surely Faulkner (or even Christian) is a better option. You cant pick a guy in his 30s on potential anymore. Good decision RE: Wade... Love his fight but he just hesnt on the improve and Paine is starting to look good post injuries. lot of talk about Hughes but IMO you cant pick him in the same fragile test line up as Warner (and Watson) because he is a high risk player so 20% of the time with Warner and HUghes you will be 0/100 off 15ovs but more often than not one or both will be out early exposing the middle to a new ball. We need a grafter like Rogers this for me is why Marsh retains his spot. Bowling looks good. Cummins will earn a contract but too early to hand him one now

Posted by bren19 on (March 31, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Just throwing it out there - can we read that the lack of keepers and Hughes keeping his contract means that he might be a potential keeper thus freeing up the number 7 spot for a Maxwell, Cutting or Faulkner?

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 31, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

Ussie can't score a run to save his life. He has only scored 1 FC century in yonks. Hughes has scored a load, even Marsh has 3 including a test hundred. Uzzie would be lucky to get a game anytime soon.

Posted by ajayrcs on (March 31, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

Why George Bailey? Looks like Australia did not learn anything from t20 debacle. Kick him out!

Posted by camcove on (March 31, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

Well-written, SoyQuearns. I agree wholeheartedly with your comments on wickies. Hartley has been a top class keeper for Qld for some years, and Whiteman looks like the real deal. In fact, it seems that every Shield side has a potential replacement for Haddin when he retires, except maybe for Victoria, where Wade doesn't seem to be developing. (I love his temperament though). Nevill from NSW is another who could make a serious run for the job. There are some very exciting young players who aren't yet there, such as the quicks, Coulter-Nile, Cummins and Behrendorf and young leggies such as Muirhead, Boyce and Zampa. Carters is a young batsman to watch, as are Silk, Head and Lyn. I share Redneck's views on Uzzie. He did some really good things late in the Shield season but is certainly not demanding inclusion. (He has passed 50 in Tests, by the way, at the Wanderers in the one and only Test that Cummins has played thus far). I feel sorry for SOK, who never seems to get an opportunity.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (March 31, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

One day I would like to know (I have given up hope of ever finding out in the next few years) why O'Keefe, with 126 FC wickets at an average better than Shane Warne, is not only not playing test cricket for his country but is even denied a central contract after a stellar domestic season.

Posted by MinusZero on (March 31, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

Not surprised to see Hughes especially since Wade was not included and Hughes can keep. Marsh though, seriously, he is as poor as it gets. Similar in many ways to Watson, does very little, gets rewarded for it.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

Shaun Marsh Philip Hughes against Ajmal and Hafeez........@ no 3 after Warner and Rogers......Surely the Aussies can think better

Posted by redneck on (March 31, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

those asking for khawaja over hughes???? why, what has uzzy done that hughes hasnt done better? 3 centuries in 6 matches vs uzzy's 1 in 8 matches. hughes can field uzzy cant, hughes can run between wickets, uzzy again stuggles! hughes has hit twin centuries against south africa, uzzy hasnt gone past 50 in test cricket!!! with lehman in charge as a former qld coach clearly he sees better batsmen out there than uzzy!!! and so he should hughes has done very little wrong and deserves to be ahead in the pecking order!!!

Posted by Baiy on (March 31, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Why not Usman Khawaja?

Usman Khawaja played under Dareen Lehman in Queensland. The homework debacle from the previous coach and all round misfit in team dynamics requires some rebuilding. The Aussie cricket team is a boys club at present. So this is a blessing in disguise for him. Some players are getting older. If he performs well domestically, as the other players gets older he will get his chance. Also this is the last chance for March and Hughes they do not perform they are probably out for good; and James Sutherland CEO will probably be replaced by Alex Demetriou. Ussie has one year to work on his mental strength, his game and get runs.

Trust in Darren Lehman and John Inverarity. If Ussie has a good year and there is a space, after some water under the bridge he will be a core part of this Australian team. Either number 3 or 6. He needs to think like Mike Hussey, Matthew Hayden or Michael Vaughan - they found their place in their late 20's.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (March 31, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

Some of the choices are ridiculous! Doolan is future potential and has done well in the two chances so far so why leave him out? What's the fascination with Phil Hughes who keeps making the same mistakes despite being given several chances? Clint McKay is a ODI regular (and should also be in the T20 team) and he gets left out? Who made these decisions - the same guys who run the ECB?

Posted by SoyQuearns on (March 31, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

MrKricket - All fair points also.

Finch would have earned his stripes on his utterly brilliant short-format form. Whilst they selectors acknowledge the fact that Tests hold more weight than the other formats, Finch is a show-stopper at both of the shorter games, so he earns it on that. I too agree he'll not be playing Tests any time soon (or ever, for that matter).

The floodgates are open for keepers - with Inverarity referencing all 6 main keepers as possibly inclusions. My gut tells me Paine for t20i and Hartley or Whiteman for Tests (in the event Haddin falls ill of form or fitness), and literally who knows re: ODI.

The incentive scheme means that, for those on the fringes, they can 'upgrade' to full-scale contracts by earning points along the way. A player must accrue 12 points to get a full contract, and this contract is worth at least $210K. Points accrue thus: 5 points per Test played, 2 points per ODI played and 1 point per t20i played.

I agree re: Mitch over Shaun too!

Posted by SoyQuearns on (March 31, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

@bren19 - All fair questions mate.

My thoughts re: keepers are that, once Haddin retires, they'll probably look to try out those who are most logical for the format. Tim Paine deserves to have a couple of guaranteed years as our t20i keeper, Hartley and Whiteman are probably towards the top of Test options, and the door is basically open (pending the 2014 Ryobi cup) for those who want to stamp their name as an ODI option.

Watson must get his based on t20i and ODI form, though admittedly even that has been shaky lately. I back Watson though, he'll come back in the shorter forms. At Tests, well, that is another story entirely.

I believe, re: Cummins, his exclusion is relfective of the shortening of the list to those who are more immediately involved at any time. His full-scale return is still largely an unknown quantity and thus it's too much of a gamble at this stage.

Inverarity singled Cummins out as someone they definitely have in their headlights, just not until fully fit.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

I dont understand how Hughes gets a contract and Ussie misses out.

Posted by bren19 on (March 31, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

Watson gets another lucrative contract based on unfulfilled potential. I am a bit curious about the keepers. Wade loses his contract (no issue with that at all), Haddin on the wrong side of 30 - who are they looking at as keeper once Haddin goes? Paine? I also wonder about Pat Cummins. Is his loss of contract based on injury status or have they just given up hope on him?

Posted by MrKricket on (March 31, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

Do T20 specialists need separate contracts? No way Finch will play Tests any time soon if he can't get a game for Vic. Quite a few spaces taken by ODI specialists too. I can understand most of the changes based on form and future but ti does make me wonder who the successor to Haddin must be with Wade dropped and no one to replace him. Marsh? I think I'd pick Mitch over Shaun...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

why not khawaja? why phillip hughes??

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