Australia news June 6, 2014

Faulkner anointed a leader for future

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James Faulkner has joined Steven Smith in the front rank of Australia's leadership prospects for the future following his unveiling as Australia A captain for a quartet of four-day matches against the A teams of India and South Africa in July and August.

At the ages of 24 and 25 respectively, Faulkner and Smith are the two young men being guided in the direction of future national captaincy appointments by Cricket Australia, having impressed with their growing poise on the filed and maturity away from it.

Smith led New South Wales to the Sheffield Shield title in Canberra earlier in the year, and now Faulkner is set to test his leadership skills in the series of top end matches devised to prepare Australia's Test and limited overs reservists for future call-ups for international duty. Captaincy experience as a junior and the wisdom of his Tasmanian mentors Dan Marsh and George Bailey will inform Faulkner's ways.

He will likewise call on the memories of some stunning displays for Tasmania and Australia, highlighting an ability to play with both passion and calculation, but also the more chastening experience of having public words about the West Indies rebound on him during the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

"James is a young man with plenty of character and possesses a great desire to win," the new National Selector Rod Marsh said of Faulkner. "He is still developing as an all-rounder but we believe this captaincy provides him an opportunity to do that as well as develop his leadership skills."

Three varied squads have been chosen for the matches against the India and South Africa XIs, with a wide array of batsmen, bowlers and allrounders given chances across opponents and formats. Alex Doolan and Phillip Hughes will hope for runs to bolster their incumbent places as members of the Test squad, while Faulkner, Moises Henriques and Mitchell Marsh will stretch each other to prove their worth as the most viable allround option for the future.

Cameron Boyce and Steve O'Keefe were the two spinners chosen for the fixtures, the latter needing to recover from off-season shoulder surgery in order to be fit in time for the chance to bowl to the South Africans in Townsville. Western Australia's Sam Whiteman has the gloves for the first fixtures in Brisbane, but hands them over to Peter Nevill for the remainder.

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were not formally named in the squad, but Marsh indicated that either or both may play depending on their pre-season schedules ahead of Australia's tours to Zimbabwe and the UAE.

Clint McKay's inclusion in the limited overs squad keeps him in the frame as an ODI bowler, despite his omission from the annual naming of CA contracts. Another Victorian, the well-travelled Cameron White, will lead the limited overs team.

In the midst of his recovery from hefty knee surgery, Ryan Harris will try his hand as pace bowling coach during the series, alongside the overall guidance of Michael Di Venuto.

Australia A squads

Four-day matches against India XI in Brisbane: James Faulkner (capt), Cameron Boyce, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Peter Forrest, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Sam Whiteman (wk)

One day matches in Darwin and Palmerston: Cameron White (capt), Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Clint McKay, Peter Nevill (wk), Kane Richardson

Four-day matches against South Africa XI in Townsville: James Faulkner (capt), Jason Behrendorff (subject to fitness), Tom Cooper, Ben Cutting, Callum Ferguson, Peter Forrest, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Peter Nevill (wk), Steve O'Keefe (subject to fitness), Chadd Sayers.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • on June 28, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    It is great to see faulkner as captain..he must prove that he is future captain

  • Crossroads16 on June 11, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    The thing I am most disappointed about this trip is Sam Whiteman not coming to Townsville, he has really impressed me in domestic cricket and i was really hoping to get a look at him. I also thought Carters deserves a crack especially in the onedayers, in particular as keeper. I think he is someone who could potentially make a massive difference in the Australian teams as they could bat considerably deeper if he can open the batting. My 4 day A team for both tsv and brisbane would have been doolan, hughes, Cooper, lynn, Henriques, Whiteman, Faulkner, Behrendorf, Hazlewood, Sayers, Boyce, 12th man would be Marsh. My a team for the one dayers is white, carters, hughes, cooper, lynn, marsh, henriques, Cummins, Mckay, Hazlewood, Boyce, 12th Man Richardson

  • Chris_P on June 8, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket. With all due respects, if Faulkner can ever match Broad's skills, I would be very, very happy. He has a bit to go to get to that level, although agree with both their personal behaviour.

  • runout49 on June 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Hopefully responsibility will mature Faulkner. Feel sorry for Tim Paine who is still a fine keeper. He deserves a chance to get back into Australian colours.

  • on June 7, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @Buckers, Not sure what your fascination with Cutting is? I only ask because the rest of your team and what you say makes perfect sense, but I don't think Cutting would make a fourth team right now if Aus were picking their best xi from top down. I'd much rather see Sayers and he has certainly earned the chance to step up a level.

    @Big_Maxy, I think with Richardson you just have to go on a hunch. He is tall, has good speed and a very good action, I believe. He has time on his side in putting the rest together and I strongly believe that he will. I think he has as much potential as anyone who is uncapped at test level. The exposure to this level will do him great good.

    Putting together a single xi from the four day squads I'd be going with; Hughes, Doolan ,Lynn, Cooper, Henriques, Nevill, Faulkner, Richardson, O'Keefe, Sayers, Behrendorff.

    I've only picked Faulkner because he is the captain, I think Henriques a better allrounder, playing them head to head will be of interest.

  • Buckers97 on June 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Brisbane Team should read; Hughes, Doolan, Forrest, Lynn, Henriques, Marsh, Whiteman (wk), Faulkner (c), Cutting, Boyce, Hazlewood. (Sayers).

    Townsville Team should read; Hughes, Forrest, Ferguson, Lynn, Cooper, Henriques, Nevill (wk), Faulkner (c), O'keefe, Hazlewood, Behrendorff.

    But this is what it REALLY should look like; Hughes, Doolan, Smith (c), Lynn, Ferguson, Marsh/Henriques, Whiteman (wk), Cutting, O'keefe, Hazlewood, Behrendorff.

    If CA were to makle any sense of the 'Top End Tours' they would play Steve Smith and make him captain so he gets used to captaining other cricketers and not just his NSW team-mates. Give Smith some batting practice and captain practice. Making Faulkner captain has no logical sense. Henriques is a better captain then him and he and Smith are the same age, and we all know that Smith is 'the man' in line for the job.

  • Ms.Cricket on June 7, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Faulkner is as good or as bad as Stuart Broad in cricketing skills and personal behaviour.

  • Steven_Scott on June 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Smith will be the ideal bits and pieces player to captain this bits and pieces team. Smith maybe making runs now, but a technique like that (remember he was originally a failed leg spinner who is now trying to pass himself off as a batsman) he won't have a long career in the test format for sure. It is just a matter of finding a genuine batsman (Doolan/Burns?) to replace him. As for Faulkner, always more words than action and his role in the team seems to be simply to rile up the opposition rather than anything meaningful.

  • on June 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    The Future Australian Cricket Team

    1.David Warner 2.Aaron Finch 3.Mathew Wade 4.Glenn Maxwell 5.Steve Smith 6.Mitchell Marsh 7.James Faulkner 8.Ben Cutting 9.Ashton Agar 10.Mitchell Starc 11.Pat Cummins

    Subs. 12.James Murihead 13.Moises Henriques 14.Nathan Coulter-Nile 15.Kane Richardson 16.Phillip Hughes

  • Naren on June 6, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Smith and Faulkner no comparison at all. Calm, collective guy with cricket brain beyond his ages. A guy who makes sensible statements and fair observations. Smith is the future of Australian Cricket and a very good one too.

  • on June 28, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    It is great to see faulkner as captain..he must prove that he is future captain

  • Crossroads16 on June 11, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    The thing I am most disappointed about this trip is Sam Whiteman not coming to Townsville, he has really impressed me in domestic cricket and i was really hoping to get a look at him. I also thought Carters deserves a crack especially in the onedayers, in particular as keeper. I think he is someone who could potentially make a massive difference in the Australian teams as they could bat considerably deeper if he can open the batting. My 4 day A team for both tsv and brisbane would have been doolan, hughes, Cooper, lynn, Henriques, Whiteman, Faulkner, Behrendorf, Hazlewood, Sayers, Boyce, 12th man would be Marsh. My a team for the one dayers is white, carters, hughes, cooper, lynn, marsh, henriques, Cummins, Mckay, Hazlewood, Boyce, 12th Man Richardson

  • Chris_P on June 8, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket. With all due respects, if Faulkner can ever match Broad's skills, I would be very, very happy. He has a bit to go to get to that level, although agree with both their personal behaviour.

  • runout49 on June 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Hopefully responsibility will mature Faulkner. Feel sorry for Tim Paine who is still a fine keeper. He deserves a chance to get back into Australian colours.

  • on June 7, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @Buckers, Not sure what your fascination with Cutting is? I only ask because the rest of your team and what you say makes perfect sense, but I don't think Cutting would make a fourth team right now if Aus were picking their best xi from top down. I'd much rather see Sayers and he has certainly earned the chance to step up a level.

    @Big_Maxy, I think with Richardson you just have to go on a hunch. He is tall, has good speed and a very good action, I believe. He has time on his side in putting the rest together and I strongly believe that he will. I think he has as much potential as anyone who is uncapped at test level. The exposure to this level will do him great good.

    Putting together a single xi from the four day squads I'd be going with; Hughes, Doolan ,Lynn, Cooper, Henriques, Nevill, Faulkner, Richardson, O'Keefe, Sayers, Behrendorff.

    I've only picked Faulkner because he is the captain, I think Henriques a better allrounder, playing them head to head will be of interest.

  • Buckers97 on June 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Brisbane Team should read; Hughes, Doolan, Forrest, Lynn, Henriques, Marsh, Whiteman (wk), Faulkner (c), Cutting, Boyce, Hazlewood. (Sayers).

    Townsville Team should read; Hughes, Forrest, Ferguson, Lynn, Cooper, Henriques, Nevill (wk), Faulkner (c), O'keefe, Hazlewood, Behrendorff.

    But this is what it REALLY should look like; Hughes, Doolan, Smith (c), Lynn, Ferguson, Marsh/Henriques, Whiteman (wk), Cutting, O'keefe, Hazlewood, Behrendorff.

    If CA were to makle any sense of the 'Top End Tours' they would play Steve Smith and make him captain so he gets used to captaining other cricketers and not just his NSW team-mates. Give Smith some batting practice and captain practice. Making Faulkner captain has no logical sense. Henriques is a better captain then him and he and Smith are the same age, and we all know that Smith is 'the man' in line for the job.

  • Ms.Cricket on June 7, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Faulkner is as good or as bad as Stuart Broad in cricketing skills and personal behaviour.

  • Steven_Scott on June 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Smith will be the ideal bits and pieces player to captain this bits and pieces team. Smith maybe making runs now, but a technique like that (remember he was originally a failed leg spinner who is now trying to pass himself off as a batsman) he won't have a long career in the test format for sure. It is just a matter of finding a genuine batsman (Doolan/Burns?) to replace him. As for Faulkner, always more words than action and his role in the team seems to be simply to rile up the opposition rather than anything meaningful.

  • on June 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    The Future Australian Cricket Team

    1.David Warner 2.Aaron Finch 3.Mathew Wade 4.Glenn Maxwell 5.Steve Smith 6.Mitchell Marsh 7.James Faulkner 8.Ben Cutting 9.Ashton Agar 10.Mitchell Starc 11.Pat Cummins

    Subs. 12.James Murihead 13.Moises Henriques 14.Nathan Coulter-Nile 15.Kane Richardson 16.Phillip Hughes

  • Naren on June 6, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Smith and Faulkner no comparison at all. Calm, collective guy with cricket brain beyond his ages. A guy who makes sensible statements and fair observations. Smith is the future of Australian Cricket and a very good one too.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 6, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    People are getting the wrong idea. This squad is SUPPOSED to be filled with 'bits and pieces' cricketers and up and comers because they need to develop. It's not a squad designed to win it's about giving guys a chance to improve.

  • torsha on June 6, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Faulkner's bowling is disaster!

  • SoyQuearns on June 6, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker - you are aware that Faulkner is a bowler right?

    He's a more than useful batsman, and he's won games with the bat in all types of conditions (for Aus and domestic), but he's a bowler.

    His FC bowling average is among the best in the world for pacemen with over 100 wickets. Chill out on him dude, he's still just a kid to boot.

    The rest of your points I couldn't agree with more, aside from perhaps Kane Richardson's criticisms. I take your point, however he bowled sublimely in IPL this season.

    Longer forms compared to t20 is apples and oranges, but I think he's got a lot of potential.

    Khawaja hasn't lit the world on fire but he's surely the future. His technique is amazing.

    Great to see Lynn get a deserving go. I hope he does well, he's got ticker and guts and aggression.

    Cal Ferguson, this must be close to his last bite at the cherry. I like the guy, and he did awesome at ODI, but this is it now. Great to see Wade gone, he was rubbish.

  • Booniedoon on June 6, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I assume these teams are a mix of up and coming relative unkowns, and a few guys who are likely to play in upcoming tests but could use the match time.. I really do feel sorry for Khawaja. He's had a lot of bad luck and I think while if given a chance you need to nail down your spot and make the most of it, he has been mistreated. He must wonder where he stands. Quite a few guys stood up and had more consistent state seasons than him this year, but his record breaking second innings 180 and his ton in the ODI final suggest to me he is easily in the top few batsmen in the country on his day. Hoping for a big year with the Bulls..

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on June 6, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    An awful lot of underachievers in these squads: Boyce averages 40 with the ball, Faulkner is a bits and pieces player with not a single FC 100 to his credit(why make him captain, when his own game is far from complete), Henriques is also not good enough as a batsmen or bowler, Forrest with the great average of 35 in many seasons of FC cricket, Ferguson avg of 36 with the bat, Hazlewood who has not a single 5 wicket haul in FC cricket, Kane Richardson who averages over 30 with the ball and looked poor in his international games to date. There seems to be a focus on bits and pieces players and middle order batsmen here with very little top order batsmen. v India: Hughes, Lynn, Doolan, Forrest, Henriques, Whiteman, Faulkner, Cutting, Boyce, Hazlewood, Sayers v S Africa: Hughes, Lynn, Forrest, Cooper, Ferguson, Henriques, Nevill, Faulkner, O'Keefe, Cutting, Hazlewood/Sayers

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 6, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Not sure why Faulkner is only in the A team. He should be in the test team.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 6, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @Chris_P You forgot our 3-0 earlier that year, sunshine.

  • Chris_P on June 6, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy . Remember these 2 words, "five-nil". Cheers, sunshine.

  • flickspin on June 6, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    australia have some great youngster

    let form decide the team

    players under 30 now who are possible's in 3-5 years

    batsmen hughes,warner, smith, doolan, khawaja, finch, maxwell, fegerson

    bowler starc, pattison, bird, cummings, cutting, coulter-nile, richardson

    spinners muirhead,agar, lyon

    all rounders, faulkner, henriques, m marsh

    keeper whiteman, wade

    plus others

    the younger you are the more chances you get

    hughes is 25 he still has another 2 chances to cement a test spot, bailey who debut at 30 only got 1 chance

    hayden, langer, martyn, d jones, s waugh, lehmann, clarke,rodgers were all dropped at a young age but scored constantly in sheffeild shield cricket, and when they were picked later in life excelled at test match cricket

    australia used to pick players under 20 years old, greg chappell, ricky ponting both debuted when they were teenagers, macgrath and lillee both debuted in thier early 20's

    i also would not write off players in thier early 30's either,

  • flickspin on June 6, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    its a good start, but australia needs far more of these tours,

    i think the australians should have games between themselves, like faulkner's 11 vs smith's 11 and play in the top end when no cricket is being played

    australia have to replace watson, rodgers, clarke, harris, haddin & johnson in the next 3-5 years.

    australia have to be prepared for the next mass retirement, losing 6 players out of 11 in the next 3-5 years

    after the world cup in 50/50 over cricket, i would pick youngsters straight away, haddin and johnson can concentrate on test for another 2-3 years whilst you blood youngsters in 50/50 cricket ( gilchrist played 50/50 for 2-3 years before playing test)

    alot of 50/50 is meaning less, its the perfect format to blood youngsters, plus prepares australia for the 2019 world cup

    australia a need as many 4 day tours they can get maybe 3-4 tours per year

    i would like to see smith as vice captain in test, and make faulkner vice captain in 50/50 cricket

  • Freak7820 on June 6, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Delighted with the selection of Kane Richardson and it's great to see Cameron White get another opportunity as captain.

    I really want to see Cameron White as a #3 or #4 in the world cup side

  • on June 6, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Where is Khwawja. He must get a chance

  • Marcio on June 6, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Smith is the heir apparent, as long as he keeps performing in tests. He's pure class, and a great role model.

    I remember just a few years ago here on cricinfo some folks were ridiculing him - relentlessly. This included commentators. I was so incensed I wrote an email to complain about it.

    Looks like I have been proven correct. I can see class and character when it is there. But some people are just ready to deride others without the slightest intelligent perception.

  • on June 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Very happy to see Sayers, Behrendorff and Richardson getting a run in these matches. I know most will find it difficult to look past the likes of Cummins, Patto and Starc, but I think we need to run the ruler over others as well. Richardson in particular excites me, he just needs to learn how to bowl at FC level, but he has all the tools to be a very good quick.

  • Syd_F on June 6, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    @rezmata, according to the previous selection panel, which Rodney was also part of, Wade & Paine are known quantity. Now the selectors are looking for unknown ones, so they are trying to broaden the base with international exposure.

    @Jesse_Failla, I agree. Jordan Silk should have been included at least in one.

  • rezmata on June 6, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    So Mathew Wade is shut off now??

  • on June 6, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    So no Shaun Marsh but there is Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh got a cricket Australia contract. Does he have an injury or do they already see him in both top national squads.

  • on June 6, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Where is Jordan Silk? Is he injured? Easily one of the most promising bats we have in the country.

  • lian_14 on June 6, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Hes a young all-rounder whose still learning so much about his game; not so sure why they added the extra responsibility of captaincy. It probably goes to show that theres no real stand-out captain for the future besides steve smith.

  • Dangertroy on June 6, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    @ Redandwhitearmy - you're right - squad almost looks as bad as the one England just named...

  • on June 6, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Jimmy got a nod because Steven Smith is not playing! Simple as that.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 6, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Of course he is. All young cricketers should aim to be leaders in the future, not necessarily captains though - you don't need a 'c' next to your name to be a leader. It's good to see CA giving the young blokes experience while they are still young rather than casting them in the deep end in international cricket.

  • Syd_F on June 6, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    If anything, this team selection suggests, that Aussie selectors are clearly visioning Hughes as ready-made replacement for Rogers in opening and Doolan filling Ponting's role. I will be glad if they really thinks that way. Hughes was moved around quite a lot. Team for Brisbane has only 4 proper batsmen and all the team seems to heavy with middle-order bats. Unfortunately, considering all the team combinations it looks like, Hughes is not going to get his baggygreen cap back anytime soon.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 6, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Whoa! Didnt realize things were that grim.

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  • RednWhiteArmy on June 6, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Whoa! Didnt realize things were that grim.

  • Syd_F on June 6, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    If anything, this team selection suggests, that Aussie selectors are clearly visioning Hughes as ready-made replacement for Rogers in opening and Doolan filling Ponting's role. I will be glad if they really thinks that way. Hughes was moved around quite a lot. Team for Brisbane has only 4 proper batsmen and all the team seems to heavy with middle-order bats. Unfortunately, considering all the team combinations it looks like, Hughes is not going to get his baggygreen cap back anytime soon.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 6, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Of course he is. All young cricketers should aim to be leaders in the future, not necessarily captains though - you don't need a 'c' next to your name to be a leader. It's good to see CA giving the young blokes experience while they are still young rather than casting them in the deep end in international cricket.

  • on June 6, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Jimmy got a nod because Steven Smith is not playing! Simple as that.

  • Dangertroy on June 6, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    @ Redandwhitearmy - you're right - squad almost looks as bad as the one England just named...

  • lian_14 on June 6, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Hes a young all-rounder whose still learning so much about his game; not so sure why they added the extra responsibility of captaincy. It probably goes to show that theres no real stand-out captain for the future besides steve smith.

  • on June 6, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Where is Jordan Silk? Is he injured? Easily one of the most promising bats we have in the country.

  • on June 6, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    So no Shaun Marsh but there is Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh got a cricket Australia contract. Does he have an injury or do they already see him in both top national squads.

  • rezmata on June 6, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    So Mathew Wade is shut off now??

  • Syd_F on June 6, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    @rezmata, according to the previous selection panel, which Rodney was also part of, Wade & Paine are known quantity. Now the selectors are looking for unknown ones, so they are trying to broaden the base with international exposure.

    @Jesse_Failla, I agree. Jordan Silk should have been included at least in one.