Australia news April 8, 2014

Ryan Harris given Australia A coaching role

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Ryan Harris has taken an unexpected early step into coaching, having been named assistant coach of Australia A for a home series in July and August. Cricket Australia has confirmed that Harris will be the official assistant to head coach Michael di Venuto for the series against South Africa A, India A and the Cricket Australia National Performance Squad, which will take place in Darwin, Palmerston, Townsville and Brisbane.

Harris is currently recovering from knee surgery following his key role in the series win in South Africa and hopes to be available for Australia's Test series against Pakistan in October. However, the coaching opportunity with Australia A will keep Harris involved in the game during an otherwise lengthy lay-off, and he said he was excited to be given the chance.

"I certainly didn't expect or ask for this opportunity but I jumped at the chance when [CA's general manager of team performance] Pat Howard asked me," Harris told the Courier Mail. "To get this sort of position, you normally have to have been coaching for a long time so I am very fortunate.

"I am the first to admit I have got a lot to learn about being a coach. And it is not for me to go in and change things. I will just try to give the guys some advice when they need it and hopefully they can learn a bit from my experiences."

Australia's selectors have named a preliminary 21-man group for the Australia A series, including incumbent Test No.3 Alex Doolan and other fringe members of the Test squad such as Phillip Hughes, James Faulkner and Moises Henriques. The two leading wicket takers in the Sheffield Shield this summer, Steve O'Keefe and Jason Behrendorff, were named, as was the injury-prone Pat Cummins.

There was no place for Matthew Wade, who has been viewed as the backup to Brad Haddin since he was dropped from the Test team following last year's tour of India, although Tim Paine was also left out, with national selector John Inverarity declaring them both "known quantities". New South Wales gloveman Peter Nevill and Western Australia keeper Sam Whiteman were both named in the group.

"Sam Whiteman and Peter Nevill have shown excellent recent form with the gloves and the bat and thoroughly deserve the opportunity to impress at this level," Inverarity said. "Matthew Wade and Tim Paine have had considerable international experience and are well regarded known quantities. The NSP is hopeful that this international exposure with Australia A will provide Sam and Peter with invaluable experience.

"Steven O'Keefe and Cameron Boyce have performed well during the 2013-14 season and will share the spin bowling duties. Steven topped the Sheffield Shield bowling aggregate and averages with 41 wickets at less than 21 per wicket. Cameron took 26 wickets with his steadily improving legbreaks.

"The NSP is especially keen for the potential future international all-rounders, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques and Mitchell Marsh to have this opportunity to develop further and enhance their claims. Alex Doolan will be looking to build on his promising start in Test cricket and Phillip Hughes, Callum Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Tom Cooper and Peter Forrest have enjoyed productive domestic seasons and will be looking to push for higher honours.

"Mitchell Starc has recovered well from the injury which kept him out of cricket for most of the summer. He may use the Australia A program to prepare optimally for the 2014-15 season. Pat Cummins has been making pleasing progress and some appearances for Australia A will be a significant step in his return.

"Josh Hazlewood has recently taken a big step forward by taking 6-50 from 22 high quality overs in the Sheffield Shield Final at Manuka Oval in Canberra and this will give him a great deal of confidence. Jason Behrendorff and Chadd Sayers have bowled very well in Shield cricket throughout the summer. They have been prolific wicket-takers with 40 and 36 wickets respectively. Kane Richardson and Ben Cutting have established themselves as white ball prospects and will be looking to enhance their claims for selection in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup squad."

Australia A's winter begins with two four-day matches against India A in Brisbane starting from July 6, followed by a quadrangular one-day tournament in Darwin. That is followed by a pair of four-day games in Townsville against South Africa A in August.

Australia A preliminary squad Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Boyce, Tom Cooper, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson, Peter Forrest, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White, Sam Whiteman.

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  • Hippiantor on April 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    For people wondering about Muirhead, Silk and co, check out who is in the National Performance Squad who are a part of the OD series. They are also training at the Centre of Excellence throughout the winter.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 10, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    @Bradmanbestever: Silk's injured.

    @Toddudson: He won't be twiddling his fingers that's for sure, they will have him doing something else.

  • dunger.bob on April 10, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    I think it's a great idea to play cricket in our northern cities during the winter. If a player can't get a contract o/s in the off season it's a very long break with no competitive cricket. .. I vaguely recall us playing a Test or two against Bangladesh up there way back. (Around 2000-2001 I think). .. I always wondered why they dropped it. .. actually it probably had something to do with TV rights now that I've had 10 more seconds to think about it.

  • BradmanBestEver on April 9, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Silk should be in and White should be out

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Confusing selection again, muirhead sent to the t20 and seemingly the next big thing, then left out of what is clearly a development series which you would think would be perfect for him, I just don't get it

  • xtrafalgarx on April 9, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    @Srikumar Narayan: If you have no older blokes in the team who will the young ones learn from?

    He is there to help youngsters through the games, you need experience.

  • on April 9, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Cameron White again? Evn if he scores three triple tons in A matches he will struggle at international level. So why include him. Also Fergusan is tremendously talented. He ought to come in ahead of Doolan for the invest made on Calhan so far. If not now when will Ferguson get his chance?

  • Jagger on April 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Well done to both Howard and the Rhino. Nice selections for Australia A as well.

    Looking forward to watching - Jason Behrendorff, James Faulkner, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Steve O'Keefe, Chadd Sayers, Cameron White, Pat Cummins - in Darwin.

  • siddhartha87 on April 8, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Forrest is a bit over rated. Good to see Lynn and O'Keefe in the squad. With UAE tour coming up this good opportunity for this two. Lynn has the potential to be a great no 6

  • TheBowlerHoldingTheBatsmansWilley on April 8, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Decent looking squad.

    In my view, the 1st unofficial test against India A will look at the current players blooded with shield performance related players filling out the rest.

    Ideally and fitting in with finding the all rounders call by the CA Hughes, Doolan, M Marsh, White, Henriques, Faulkner, Whiteman, O'Keefe, Starc, Behrendorff, Cummins. 12th man - Boyce/ Hazlewood

  • Hippiantor on April 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    For people wondering about Muirhead, Silk and co, check out who is in the National Performance Squad who are a part of the OD series. They are also training at the Centre of Excellence throughout the winter.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 10, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    @Bradmanbestever: Silk's injured.

    @Toddudson: He won't be twiddling his fingers that's for sure, they will have him doing something else.

  • dunger.bob on April 10, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    I think it's a great idea to play cricket in our northern cities during the winter. If a player can't get a contract o/s in the off season it's a very long break with no competitive cricket. .. I vaguely recall us playing a Test or two against Bangladesh up there way back. (Around 2000-2001 I think). .. I always wondered why they dropped it. .. actually it probably had something to do with TV rights now that I've had 10 more seconds to think about it.

  • BradmanBestEver on April 9, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Silk should be in and White should be out

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Confusing selection again, muirhead sent to the t20 and seemingly the next big thing, then left out of what is clearly a development series which you would think would be perfect for him, I just don't get it

  • xtrafalgarx on April 9, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    @Srikumar Narayan: If you have no older blokes in the team who will the young ones learn from?

    He is there to help youngsters through the games, you need experience.

  • on April 9, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Cameron White again? Evn if he scores three triple tons in A matches he will struggle at international level. So why include him. Also Fergusan is tremendously talented. He ought to come in ahead of Doolan for the invest made on Calhan so far. If not now when will Ferguson get his chance?

  • Jagger on April 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Well done to both Howard and the Rhino. Nice selections for Australia A as well.

    Looking forward to watching - Jason Behrendorff, James Faulkner, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Steve O'Keefe, Chadd Sayers, Cameron White, Pat Cummins - in Darwin.

  • siddhartha87 on April 8, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Forrest is a bit over rated. Good to see Lynn and O'Keefe in the squad. With UAE tour coming up this good opportunity for this two. Lynn has the potential to be a great no 6

  • TheBowlerHoldingTheBatsmansWilley on April 8, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Decent looking squad.

    In my view, the 1st unofficial test against India A will look at the current players blooded with shield performance related players filling out the rest.

    Ideally and fitting in with finding the all rounders call by the CA Hughes, Doolan, M Marsh, White, Henriques, Faulkner, Whiteman, O'Keefe, Starc, Behrendorff, Cummins. 12th man - Boyce/ Hazlewood

  • Barnesy4444 on April 8, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I would like to see more 4 day games and less one dayers. At least 5-6 four day games and about 4-5 one dayers as it's the long format that Australia really needs to develop talent.

  • VicPride on April 8, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Tom Cooper? The Dutchman?

  • Moppa on April 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    It is a funny looking squad, but I think that is mostly that the squad will cover both 4 day and 1 day games. The main shortage is top order batsmen - only really Hughes and Doolan. 4 day team might be: Hughes, Doolan, Forrest, Cooper, White, Henriques, Whiteman, O'Keefe, Cutting/Sayers, Behrendorff, Hazlewood. 1 day team perhaps: Hughes, White, Cooper, Ferguson, Lynn, M.Marsh, Nevill, Faulkner, Starc, Boyce, Cummins/Hazlewood/Richardson. Main omissions: Burns, Carters and Silk. I can understand the rationale for omitting Paine and Wade. Wade is a good player in Australian conditions against pace (batting and keeping), but too one-dimensional and limited against spin to be a long-term keeping or batting option at the highest level. Paine may yet play for Australia again but hasn't made a compelling case, other than maybe in T20.

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    1. P. Hughes 2. A. Doolan 3. A. Ferguson/ P. Forrest 4. C. Lynn/ T. Cooper 5. C. White (vc) 6. P. Neville (c)(wk) 7. S. O'Keefe 8. J. Faulkner/ C. Sayers 9. M. Starc 10. J. Behrendorff/ K. Richardson 11. J. Hazlewood/ P.Cummins

    12. B. Cutting

    That's what I assume the team will look like come July 6. Ideally someone like Burns or Silk will be called up to the 'A' team to take the opening spot off Doolan. Doolan in turn will then move down to 3 and Ferguson I can only assume will move Lynn to the drinks duties. However, I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind seeing Doolan looked over just for now to see Lynn inevitably shine. Luckily for Lynn, there's no chance he will be looked over for the limited overs side.

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    In reply to 'London_Meistry' in regards to his question about Tom Cooper. Cooper is Australian born with a Dutch mother, he, strangely enough, qualifies for both - much like Sam Robson at the current moment. Overall I feel the squad selection is very close to spot on. I can only imagine Moises Henriques or Peter Neville will be the ones to take the reins in terms of captaincy, leaving M. Marsh, Faulkner and Whiteman somewhat in the wilderness. Perhaps the most questionable selection on the basis of statistics was that of Boyce - despite taking 26 wickets in the recently concluded Sheffield Shield season, Boyce averaged 45 with the ball with a strike rate of 77 (1 and a half that of Xavier Doherty whom also managed more wickets at a better average this season). Muirhead has been named in the development squad so the cries for him to join the 'A' squad are in vein, he will receive playing time. Agar, Silk and Abbott have also been named in said squad, which seems a promising trio.

  • mick82 on April 8, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Isn't M.Marsh playing county cricket?

  • Wefinishthis on April 8, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Lynn, Sayers, O'Keefe, Nevill, Faulkner? I don't believe it. The selectors actually picked some deserving players there, although half of them should have been picked years ago. I'm sure they won't get a go or will be discarded after one poor performance. The selectors surely couldn't get it right finally could they?

  • jonesy2 on April 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    and as for the champion ryano coaching them that's a great call, get him into coaching early because he will be Australia's next bowling coach and for now he can be a mentor and share his experiences he has achieved everything there is to achieve in test cricket and has been as good as anyone in the last 10 years in test cricket, he can also do it all with the ball, swing it both ways, reverse with the old ball etc

  • jonesy2 on April 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    whiteman has to be Australia's next test keeper. he is pure class. ferguson, white and forrest? why? whats the point? replace them with silk, head and burns or Patterson. I would've thrown in muirhead but boyce is quality I hope he can become a special legspinner

  • on April 8, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    This is just about as strangest squad selection as it can get .Forrest and White are punching way above their weights even in FC and same can be said about Henriques , Richardson and Boyce.Would have loved to see Kurtis Patterson in the squad and its mice Peter Nevill is in the squad more so as an after thought since he didnt have a great FC season, but was consistent in earlier seasons.Bird and Copeland could have been in the squadSimilarly Finch, Silk and Burns along with Sean Marsh should have been in.The Hilditch era stupidity sadly continues.

  • kensohatter on April 8, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    This is excellent work by Pat Howard. Keeping Harris involved is a great idea given he has a lengthy recovery. Also like the selection of this A team. Doolan needs more work, OKeefe finally picked for something and Wade moved down the queue to accomodate in form keepers. This A team has plenty of talent and make no mistake could cause a few upsets if unleashed on first XIs around the world... sure they might not beat SA or Ind at home but i reckon they could take the current eng, nz and wi sides. Best line up from this crop. 1. Hughes, 2. Forrest, 3. Doolan, 4. Ferguson, 5. Henriques, 6. Marsh, 7. Neville, 8. Faulkner, 9 Okeefe, 10. Starc 11. Cummins.

  • steve48 on April 8, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Great call on Harris, recognising his skills and character; after that South Africa test, what bowler in world cricket, never mind Australia A, would not have respect for him? This sort of move should be copied by other countries, players notoriously fail to respect players from previous generations, even great ones ( Ramdin vs. King Viv!), however ludicrous that may seem, using senior players from current generation when injured or just retired benefits everyone if they have the right performance and character to back up their advice.

  • Mervo on April 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Some strange selections. Can't see why Joe Burns does not get a chance. He has earned it much more than quite a few of the others.

  • AMMAR3438668158 on April 8, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    xtrafalgarz u say rite,wade and paine do something special.otherwise whiteman or nevil had a chance to start their international cricket.

  • London_Meistry on April 8, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    How come they have selected Tom Cooper even though he has played for the Netherlands? Does he qualify? Can someone please put clarity into this matter as I am a bit puzzled...

  • Sir_Francis on April 8, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Who is the captain? and why do I have to a minimum 25 characters?

  • on April 8, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    I think this is a pretty good squad, heartening that it seems to have actually been picked almost entirely on performances! Would have liked to have seen Carters and or Burns get a run though, it would have been nice to see them playing a string of games against high quality opposition and we need to focus on our top order batting. Likewise it is good to see O'Keefe in there, but i'm not sure that Boyce is anywhere close to being our 3rd best spinner? Spin bowling is another area we need to focus on and although he's not had a great summer i'd have picked Agar and probably one of Zampa or Muirhead as well. On the up side, looking at that squad you'd have to think SOK is a special to be playing all four FC games and if he backs it up with wickets then he *should* be on the plane to Dubai.

  • AMMAR3438668158 on April 8, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    cricketsubb i agree ur comment we need young wicketkeeper in test cricket in odi paine is best choice or in test ryan carter or navil.wade bating is not good in test matches or in odi.wade need to play full uk season.as a bating wicketkeeper paine is better choice in odi.haddin quit odi & t20 cricket.

  • cricketsubh on April 8, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    aus should pick whitemen l or pain for odis cricket haddin is to old for odis and navill for haddin in tests i donot see haddin plays after the home summer in aus 2015 so aus should pick navil to replace haddin in test.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on April 8, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Ben Cutting who had a poor shield with the ball(until getting it together in the last couple of games, before injury struck again), but succeeded everywhere else. I dont get the Kane Richardson fascination, his stats and performances dont back up his selections. Mitch Marsh needs developing. Still very young and one day I think will average 35-40 with the bat and under 30 with the ball. Nevill has a good record. It should be between he and Whiteman for the next generation test keeper spot. Boyce is a fishy one too. Dont know if he ever will turn the corner to consistent good performances. Forrest and Ferguson had good summers with the bat, but I dont see them being test players. hazlewood doesnt even have a 5 wicket haul to his name yet, but could one day be the Siddle type first change bowler. Bird is further ahead than him there I think. Cam White being rewarded for his good summer is a nice selection for a solid player.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 8, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @Pvck, @Chicko: Ah, i see. Thanks for the replies.

    @Praspunter: Neville and Whiteman are ahead at this stage unless Wade and Paine do something special. Wade has been on a downward spiral since his 2nd test hundred and his keeping has gotten worse. Paine just doesn't deliver with the bat.

  • PrasPunter on April 8, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    So who are our test keepers then ? Who for Ashes 2015 if it Wade/Paine are known ones ?

    @Short-Arm-Jab, agree with you, Wade will make a very good lower-order test batsman than a wicket-keeper.

  • PrasPunter on April 8, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Had a lot of expectations on Mitch Starc but he keeps dishing out dismal performances, one after another. Anyway he has got time by his side. We shall assume he is still learning. He has got one of our best fast bowlers as his coach and must make best use of his time. Disappointed with Khawaja as well. Scored a brilliant 65 against SA at a very crucial time but ran out of everything since then.

  • chicko1983 on April 8, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx - I think the rule is that an associate player can go play for a full member test nation without any waiting period, so long as they have a passport or citizenship of the full member nation. If, however, someone from a full member nation has represented that nation in international cricket, they have to wait at least 4 years to play for another nation (whether associate of full member). So Tom Cooper is eligible to play for Australia, seeing as his only international cricket has been with an associate member in Netherlands. If he was trying to go the other way, he would have to wait four years.

  • mshyder on April 8, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Any one remember Usman khawaja, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed ?

  • pvck on April 8, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx and Short-Arm-Jab, Dirk Nannes played T20 cricket for Netherlands and shifted to Aus, and as far as I'm aware there's not been a change in eligibility laws since then, nor is there a difference from T20 to test.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 8, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Very intreresting points. Firstly, good on Ryan Harris and CA for utilising him where they can, hopefully the young bowlers can pick up some stuff off him and that Ryano takes a step forward into being a coach after he retires.

    Secondly, is Cooper eligible to play for Australia? Yes he was born here, but after playing for the Netherlands im not so sure. It was an interesting decision by him, considering that he had done so well in the shield and would have been up for contention as an Australian. A baggy green is surely better than hit and giggle cricket in orange.

    Whiteman and Neville are definitley better bets than Wade and Paine. Wade just isn't a good enough keeper, Paine just isn't a good enough batter (1 FC hundred). Neville has a good record in both disciplines, so does Whiteman though he is still inexperienced.

    Good to see form players such as Lynn, Forrest and Hughes selected. Also a good chance for Doolan, i like him, he looks a solid player.

  • pvck on April 8, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Decent squad overall, but punctuated by some baffling decisions. An oversupply of all-rounders and a dearth of openers. Hughes' opening partner will either be Doolan or Forrest I guess, neither of whom have any business being at the top of the order. It's especially weird when Ryan Carters was the form batsman in Shield at the top of the order.

    Cut Boyce, Cutting, Marsh, Forrest, Richardson and Nevill (unfortunate, but Whiteman is clearly heir apparent to the gloves now) and you've got a strong XV.

    Nice to see O'Keefe hasn't been frozen completely out of the set-up here. A continuation of his Shield form can't be ignored with Pakistan the next lot of fixtures.

    Hughes, Doolan, Ferguson, Lynn, Henriques, Faulkner, Whiteman, O'Keefe, Starc, Behrendorff, Hazlewood -------------- Cooper, Cummins, Sayers, White

  • RTPbetterthanSRT on April 8, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Surely Ryan Carters must be a bit unlucky not to get into the A squad as he was the 3rd highest runs scorer in the Shield and he is the future at only 24 years of age. Also wasn't Tom Cooper only just playing the world t20 for the Netherlands? What kind of treachery is this? And by 'of known quantity' old man Inverarity is just saying these guys have had their chance and are not good enough (Wade)/ too old (Paine) so we are looking elsewhere now. Wade should really ditch the gloves for good and become the feisty never say die lower order lefty batsman he has shown glimpses of in the test arena.

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  • RTPbetterthanSRT on April 8, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Surely Ryan Carters must be a bit unlucky not to get into the A squad as he was the 3rd highest runs scorer in the Shield and he is the future at only 24 years of age. Also wasn't Tom Cooper only just playing the world t20 for the Netherlands? What kind of treachery is this? And by 'of known quantity' old man Inverarity is just saying these guys have had their chance and are not good enough (Wade)/ too old (Paine) so we are looking elsewhere now. Wade should really ditch the gloves for good and become the feisty never say die lower order lefty batsman he has shown glimpses of in the test arena.

  • pvck on April 8, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Decent squad overall, but punctuated by some baffling decisions. An oversupply of all-rounders and a dearth of openers. Hughes' opening partner will either be Doolan or Forrest I guess, neither of whom have any business being at the top of the order. It's especially weird when Ryan Carters was the form batsman in Shield at the top of the order.

    Cut Boyce, Cutting, Marsh, Forrest, Richardson and Nevill (unfortunate, but Whiteman is clearly heir apparent to the gloves now) and you've got a strong XV.

    Nice to see O'Keefe hasn't been frozen completely out of the set-up here. A continuation of his Shield form can't be ignored with Pakistan the next lot of fixtures.

    Hughes, Doolan, Ferguson, Lynn, Henriques, Faulkner, Whiteman, O'Keefe, Starc, Behrendorff, Hazlewood -------------- Cooper, Cummins, Sayers, White

  • xtrafalgarx on April 8, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Very intreresting points. Firstly, good on Ryan Harris and CA for utilising him where they can, hopefully the young bowlers can pick up some stuff off him and that Ryano takes a step forward into being a coach after he retires.

    Secondly, is Cooper eligible to play for Australia? Yes he was born here, but after playing for the Netherlands im not so sure. It was an interesting decision by him, considering that he had done so well in the shield and would have been up for contention as an Australian. A baggy green is surely better than hit and giggle cricket in orange.

    Whiteman and Neville are definitley better bets than Wade and Paine. Wade just isn't a good enough keeper, Paine just isn't a good enough batter (1 FC hundred). Neville has a good record in both disciplines, so does Whiteman though he is still inexperienced.

    Good to see form players such as Lynn, Forrest and Hughes selected. Also a good chance for Doolan, i like him, he looks a solid player.

  • pvck on April 8, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx and Short-Arm-Jab, Dirk Nannes played T20 cricket for Netherlands and shifted to Aus, and as far as I'm aware there's not been a change in eligibility laws since then, nor is there a difference from T20 to test.

  • mshyder on April 8, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Any one remember Usman khawaja, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed ?

  • chicko1983 on April 8, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx - I think the rule is that an associate player can go play for a full member test nation without any waiting period, so long as they have a passport or citizenship of the full member nation. If, however, someone from a full member nation has represented that nation in international cricket, they have to wait at least 4 years to play for another nation (whether associate of full member). So Tom Cooper is eligible to play for Australia, seeing as his only international cricket has been with an associate member in Netherlands. If he was trying to go the other way, he would have to wait four years.

  • PrasPunter on April 8, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Had a lot of expectations on Mitch Starc but he keeps dishing out dismal performances, one after another. Anyway he has got time by his side. We shall assume he is still learning. He has got one of our best fast bowlers as his coach and must make best use of his time. Disappointed with Khawaja as well. Scored a brilliant 65 against SA at a very crucial time but ran out of everything since then.

  • PrasPunter on April 8, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    So who are our test keepers then ? Who for Ashes 2015 if it Wade/Paine are known ones ?

    @Short-Arm-Jab, agree with you, Wade will make a very good lower-order test batsman than a wicket-keeper.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 8, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @Pvck, @Chicko: Ah, i see. Thanks for the replies.

    @Praspunter: Neville and Whiteman are ahead at this stage unless Wade and Paine do something special. Wade has been on a downward spiral since his 2nd test hundred and his keeping has gotten worse. Paine just doesn't deliver with the bat.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on April 8, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Ben Cutting who had a poor shield with the ball(until getting it together in the last couple of games, before injury struck again), but succeeded everywhere else. I dont get the Kane Richardson fascination, his stats and performances dont back up his selections. Mitch Marsh needs developing. Still very young and one day I think will average 35-40 with the bat and under 30 with the ball. Nevill has a good record. It should be between he and Whiteman for the next generation test keeper spot. Boyce is a fishy one too. Dont know if he ever will turn the corner to consistent good performances. Forrest and Ferguson had good summers with the bat, but I dont see them being test players. hazlewood doesnt even have a 5 wicket haul to his name yet, but could one day be the Siddle type first change bowler. Bird is further ahead than him there I think. Cam White being rewarded for his good summer is a nice selection for a solid player.