Watson and Bollinger return for West Indies ODIs
Shane Watson and Doug Bollinger will return to Australia's one-day side to take on West Indies after resting from the final two matches against Pakistan. Adam Voges has been left out of the 13-man squad for the first two games against West Indies, while Peter Siddle faces a long lay-off due to a back injury.
The rest of the group is largely unchanged for the two matches in Melbourne on Sunday and Adelaide on Tuesday. The chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said by choosing a similar squad the selectors were hoping Australia could carry on the form that helped them to a 5-0 series clean-sweep against Pakistan.
"The squad performed extremely well against Pakistan and will look to continue this form against a very good West Indies one-day side," Hilditch said. "Two changes have been made from Sunday's match at the WACA, with Shane Watson and Doug Bollinger returning after having their workload managed for the final two matches against Pakistan.
"Adam Voges is extremely unlucky to be omitted from the squad after having limited opportunities against Pakistan. However with the returning players and the need to get the right balance in the squad of 13, Adam has unfortunately missed out on this occasion."
James Hopes earned a place in the squad despite playing only the two dead-rubbers against Pakistan and missing selection for Friday's Twenty20 at the MCG. Hopes knows that he is battling an in-form Watson for the allrounder's spot in Australia's 50-over team and that while Australia keep winning games with five bowling options, it won't be easy for him to break into the side.
"I wouldn't expect to knock him [Watson] out of the one-day team," Hopes told the Age. "I think my way into that team full-time again is to be playing in the team with him. I don't think Pakistan gave us any reason to think that we needed a sixth bowling option at all, they didn't play that well.
"If the West Indies put up a good show well maybe there could be some thought to having another option because it does limit your options if you've only got five bowlers. If one or two of them get hit around you haven't got the sixth one to call on."
Australia squad Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, James Hopes, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Clint McKay, Doug Bollinger.