Australia A v South Africa A 2014 August 4, 2014

Stoinis, Neser, Wade and Sandhu join Australia A

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Victoria batsman Marcus Stoinis, Queensland allrounder Michael Neser and New South Wales fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu have all been added to the Australia A squad to take on South Africa A in a pair of four-day matches in Townsville. Matthew Wade has also joined the group and will play as a batsman only, with Peter Nevill to keep wicket.

The four changes have been forced by the call-ups of James Faulkner and Ben Cutting for Australia's one-day tour of Zimbabwe, as well as the injuries to Chris Lynn (shoulder) and Josh Hazlewood (side strain), who were all originally chosen in the squad. Moises Henriques has been promoted to captain the side, with Faulkner having originally been named for the job.

Legspinner Cameron Boyce, who has been part of the Australia A squad for their four-day games against India A and the one-day quadrangular series that followed, will also stay on with the group as an extra player. The two four-day games against South Africa begin on August 7 and August 14 respectively.

Australia A squad Phillip Hughes, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Peter Forrest, Matthew Wade, Peter Nevill (wk), Moises Henriques (capt), Steve O'Keefe, Michael Neser, Jason Behrendorff, Chadd Sayers, Gurinder Sandhu, Cameron Boyce.

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  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Wade's selection as a batsman only raises a really interesting point. He undoubtedly has talent there, evidenced by his record at Test level. If he scores well in these matches, and follows up with a series of good Shield scores, he may well be considered as the reserve batsman for the Ashes series and at the same time ease a lot of worried minds should there be an injury to Haddin during the series.

  • Philip on August 5, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Australia A games used to be a pointer to who was most likely to be invited to move up to the Test arena. Now, they're just opportunities to gain experience. Do the selectors need to see how Hughes, O'Keefe, Nevill & Ferguson are doing one more time? Probably not. Do they need to give Stoinis a run at a higher level at this stage in his career? Probably not. It would be interesting to see just how many current FC players have been through the various A-sides at some stage. It'd be a fair few.

  • John on August 5, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @Kamel Ahmed: thanks to xtrafalgarx telling me about the NPS tour of India, I can tell you that Muirhead is in the NPS squad.

  • Android on August 5, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    anyone know what has happened to James Muirhead he played well against England not that long ago

  • John on August 4, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: thanks for the heads-up on the NPS tour. That must be the least-publicised tour in history; not only is it not in cricinfo's tours schedule, but I can't even find it on the Australia website. I did finally track it down on an Indian website after seeing your post.

    @Chris_P: that's very disappointing news about Maddinson. Joe Burns also seems to have faded after a promising start. Hopefully they can both come back, they looked to have talent.

    Perhaps Patterson will follow the same path as James Vince, Hampshire's young England prospect. Vince had a tough year after a bright start, but came back very strong in 2013 and early this year, until T20 took over. He's still only 23 and I think he'll be an England player before too long; he's an elegant player, like Michael Vaughan, and makes big scores.

    On another topic, why isn't Pat Cummins in any of these sides?

  • Brendan on August 4, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Aus A should have been; 1.Phillip Hughes, 2,.Ryan Carters 3.Joe Burns 4.Callum Ferguson, 5.Matthew Wade, 6. Moises Henriques (c) 7.Peter Neville (wk), 8.Steve O'Keefe 9.Chadd Sayers 10.Pat Cummins 11.Jason Behrendorff 12.Tom Cooper

  • Lou on August 4, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Great to hear that Wade is to play as a batsman only, he has plenty of talent there, not so much with the gloves.

  • James on August 4, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @Sir_Francis: Goodness me are you blokes actually reading the article. Faulkner and Cutting got picked for the Zimbabwe tour and that opened up a couple of spots, also Lynn and Hazelwood got injured. On top of that a group of about 15 of the young players in the NPS + Doolan are going to India, which rules out a few more players!

    These guys were the best cricketers left available for selection. They are all good cricketers, Stoinis and Neser have some talent and Wade has played Test cricket - no big deal.

  • Peter on August 4, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I really think Wade's selection is the right one. He is actually a very good batsmen with a solid technique, definitely one of our better batsmen, I really hope he has tossed away his gloves. @landl47, I go to most of NSW's matches & Maddinson has been a huge disappointment for me. He has no patience, isn't prepared to grit it out & has tossed out a great opportunity for higher honours. Patterson had the season every batsmen needs, taken down to earth with a thump, however he showed he is willing to put in the work & by season end was looking really solid. This season will be the breakout year for him. Can't really comment on other states emerging players without seeing them a few more times.

  • Francis on August 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    As pointed out above, Stoinis has not set the world on fire and Neser is 24 averages 21 with the bat and 34 with the ball. Selectors must see something beyond reality in these two. And why is O'Keefe there? Has Clarke finally forgiven him? Interesting Boyce keeps getting picked for these games. After 34 games he has 70 wickets at 48. Selectors must see magic in this guy. Maybe, one day, he'll turn into Warne? I almost agree with BobYukta but Wade has scored Test centuries which counts for something. (it's just that there are around 8 Keepers ahead of him at the moment)

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