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Coverdale: A squad that could do the job

ESPNcricinfo Assistant Editor Brydon Coverdale talks about the Australian ODI squad ahead of their tour of India.

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

September 19, 2013

Posted by Kashif.naqvi on (September 21, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

The Australia's biggest problem is their selectors. Henriques was fit but not included against england while he performed well in IPL, Coulter Nile was fit but dropped in last ODI against england, Finch included very late in squad while he was performing well before IPL. After McGrath, Shane warne, Gillespy Australia could not make a stronger bowling attack and due to very weak bowling and stupid strategy other teams got the opportunity to make severals records against Australia(specially last wkts partnerships) and then Australia lost those matches which were definitly going in Austrlia's favour. So, Australia should strong their batting and recently we see Australia beat England 2-1 due to good score on the board and lost the low scoring match. Now Australia have Mckay, Faulkaner, Henriques, Watson, SPD Smith and Clarke which is not strong bowling attack but better than Doherty, Lyon, Fawad, Johnson.

Posted by Mindmeld on (September 20, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Will be interesting to see if the Indians put down the same absurd caricatures of Indian pitches as they did for the last test series. I'm guessing they will. It does annoy me that England, Australia etc now seem to be gifting Indian teams with sub-continent style wickets when they tour, while the Indians continue to serve up extreme conditions for their opponents - to the point where it goes way beyond the spirit of the game, IMHO. No wonder Dhoni can't wipe that big grin off his face. He and his mates can't bat to save their lives on bouncy, grassed wickets, but they no longer have to deal with them.

Posted by landl47 on (September 20, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

@Mitty2: I'm just curious- with this squad, in India, how many games do you think Australia will win? Isn't the problem with your proposition that if Australia loses, say, 5-2 or 6-1, they'll have had far more bad experiences than good ones?

I think the selectors have chosen what they consider to be Australia's best ODI squad from those who are fit, so they seem to share your view. However, beating India, with Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin and the redoubtable Dhoni, in its own backyard isn't the easiest task. If Aus can hold them to 4-3 it will be a remarkable achievement- and they'll still have lost the series. If they lose 7-0, you'd better hope that what you say doesn't apply in reverse.

Posted by Kashif.naqvi on (September 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Dear Australian Selectors pls, pls pls drop Hughes, Wade, Fawad, Voges permanently forever. These players are continuously becomming the reason of Australian defeat. According to me Australian Squad should be like this for all three formats, (1) Finch (2) Shaun Marsh\ Maxwel (3) Watson (4) Clarke (5) Bailey (6) Haddin (7) Henriques (8) Faulkaner (9) Coulter Nile (10) Doherty\Warner\SPD Smith\Hazlewood (11) Mckay

Posted by Peterincanada on (September 19, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

@Chad Withyman Unfortunately I have to agree. The batting is far from settled and people are going to miss Shield matches in order to play some meaningless one dayers. The schedule makers should be arrested. Once again the visiting side is being gifted.

Posted by Mitty2 on (September 19, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

@RajivSrinivasan Ramasamy, the point is that Voges adds much needed stability, and for that reason he must stay (considering our tendencies to collapse), but because of that I reckon he needs to push higher up the order. Also considering Bailey's finishing ability, Bailey should swap with Voges. People do forget that Voges did have a brilliant home summer and there's no reason why he should be dropped.

Regarding what Coverdale said, sure the series means nothing, but surely as many wins as possible before the Ashes starts. Different format yes, but people rightly said that after our choke in the fourth test we'd forgotten how to win, and there's only one way to solve that problem. People always revert to complaining about the fundamentals when a team's not doing well - scheduling of BBL and the Shield, selections, Future's League, grassroots cricket - but I think that's all sensationalist hyperbole; all will be solved if we win as many games as possible. Simple really.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

I would prefer callum fergusson over Voges as he is some one who is more flamboyant than voges or I will keep voges and replace Hughes with Fergusson and open with haddin and finch followed by Watson,clarke, bailey,fergusson and voges

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