April 18, 2003

ACB announces one-day international squad for 2003 Travelex Tour of the West Indies

The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) announced today that the National Selection Panel (NSP) has chosen a 15-man squad for the one-day international leg of the 2003 Travelex Tour of the West Indies.

The squad is:

Ricky Ponting (captain)TAS28168
Adam Gilchrist (vice-captain)WA31162
Michael BevanNSW32205
Andrew BichelQLD3246
Jason GillespieSA2750
Nathan HauritzQLD215
Ian HarveyVIC3149
Matthew HaydenQLD3165
Brad HoggWA3225
Brett LeeNSW2665
Darren LehmannSA3395
Jimmy MaherQLD2921
Damien Martyn*WA31123
Glenn McGrathNSW33179
Andrew SymondsQLD2763

* Damien Martyn's selection is subject to fitness, following recent minor surgery to a fractured right index finger. His fitness will be assessed next week in Perth.

Commenting on the squad chosen to play the best-of-seven series against the West Indies, NSP Chairman Trevor Hohns said: "The group we have selected, with the inclusion of Jason Gillespie for Nathan Bracken, is basically that which won the World Cup last month.

"Winning a tournament as important as that is a fairly good indicator that at this point in time, we have the right player-mix at the one-day international level.

"The players we have selected all deserve their place in the squad," he said.

Strike-bowler Jason Gillespie who was forced to leave the World Cup prematurely due to heel injury, returns to limited-overs action in place of his cover-player in South Africa, Nathan Bracken.

Meanwhile Damien Martyn, who was ruled out of the Test leg of the Travelex Tour of the West Indies due to a fractured right index finger, will need to prove his fitness before the squad's scheduled departure on 9 May.

Trevor Hohns said: "Damien is currently undergoing the recovery work required to get him over the finger injury that has kept him out of the current Test series.

"We will keep close watch on his progress and make a decision on his availability for the series based on the relevant medical advice, closer to the time of departure," he said.